Saturday, 7 April 2018

# Saints

Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle

Official portrait of de La Salle by Pierre Leger

The 7th of April is the feast day of Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle (30, April, 1651 – 7, April, 1719). He is the patron saint of the Teachers of Youth, (May 15, 1950, Pius XII), Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Lasallian educational institutions, educators, school principals, and teachers.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle was born in Rheims, France to noble parents. He was a smart and pious boy, and he entered the seminary when he was 27 years old. During his era good education was only accessible by the noble and wealthy class. He established a home and school for illiterate orphan boys which became very successful and a second one was started. He dedicated his life to educating, and gave his wealth to the poor, resigning his position as canon at Rheims. He trained men to become teachers in free schools for the poor. This became the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, also known as Christian Brothers. They did not take the vow of Holy Orders but took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Christian Brothers sent men as schoolmasters in villages in parts of France. His method of education became standard in France and spread internationally.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

August 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul. My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love - a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart. They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates-towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you. My children, why do you not speak to Him? The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity. Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him. I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers. My motherly love desires that you be ready. My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness. Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly. Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called. Remember that they need prayers and love. Thank you.

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