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on 6 April 2017
DAY EIGHT APRIL 6TH CELEBRATION
1900 May 24th, Rome, Italy - Our Founder is canonised and becomes 'Saint'
Our Founder, John Baptist de La Salle, educational pioneer and visionary, led a group of young teachers on a path that would lead to the creation of a world-wide Institute - The Brothers of the Christian Schools.
Six years after his death, the recognition that De La Salle sought was granted and the Christian Brothers Institute was recognised by Pope Benedict XIII an...
on 5 April 2017
DAY SEVEN - APRIL 5th BEGINNING
1719 April 7th, Saint Yon - JBDLS is called to our Lord.
On Good Friday, very early, surrounded by the Brothers, De La Salle blessed them and then summed up in a single sentence what had been his whole life:
"I adore and accept in all things God's guidance of my life!" Then he recited the prayer that he had prayed so many times: "Mary, Mother of Grace, Mother of Mercy, deliver me form the enemy and receive me at the hour of ...
on 4 April 2017
DAY SIX APRIL 4th DARKNESS
1714 March, Parménie - JBDLS feeling abandoned, experiences his dark night.
Due to continued difficulties with the authorities and even once trusted Brothers, de La Salle began doubting himself and the very future of the schools he had created.
Searching to know the will of God, he set out for the Grande Chartreuse Monastery of the Cathusian Order near Grenoble where he spent three days in profound prayer.
When he came back, he had a...
on 3 April 2017
DAY FIVE APRIL 3rd HEROIC
1691 September, Paris - JBDLS, Vuyart and Drolin pronounce the Heroic Vow.
After a retreat dedicated to prayer, the Founder and two of the most trusted Brothers, Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin, expressed their fervent commitment to the schools in the following way.
"Most Holy Trinity, from this day and forever, we will live together to maintain the Christian Schools even though just the three of us remain and we see ourselves obliged to ...
on 2 April 2017
DAY FOUR APRIL 2nd BROTHERS
1682 September, Reims - JBDLS and his new teachers say call me 'Brother'.
John Baptist de La Salle brought his most stalwart companions together in an assembly.
They proposed to create a community in which each Brother would feel himself loved and appreciated by others.
John wanted them all to freely express their opinions. After many hours of prayer and discussion, they reached a number of accords.
The teachers would call themselves ...
on 1 April 2017
DAY THREE APRIL 1st PROVIDENCE
1679 March 15th, Reims - JBDLS meets Adrian Nyel on the doorstep of the Sisters of the Child Jesus.
On a chilly March morning in 1679 a meeting took place that would change the life of the young priest forever.
After celebrating Mass in the school of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, two men approached him at the door and the older of the two asked him:
"Pardon me, but aren't you Father de La Salle? My name is Adrian Nyel. I am a t...
on 31 March 2017
DAY TWO MARCH 31st PAIN
1671 / 1672 Hotel des Postes, Reims, France - JBDLS loses his both his Mother and Father.
While studying theology at the famous Sorbonne University of Paris, John had not even finished his first course when he received the very upsetting news of the death of his mother whom he loved so much.
He wrote to his father offering to do anything to help in the education of his brothers and sisters who were still quite small.
"No, my son. You continue in ...