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

July 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am the mother of all of you and, therefore, do not be afraid because I hear your prayers. I know that you seek me and that is why I am praying to my Son for you, my Son, who is united with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit - the Paraclete - my Son who leads souls to the Kingdom from where He came, the Kingdom of peace and light. My children, you are given the freedom to choose, but, as a mother, I implore you to choose the freedom for the good. You, with pure and simple souls comprehend - even if sometimes you do not understand the words - and within yourselves you feel what the truth is. My children, do not lose the truth and true life so as to follow the false one. By life in truth, the Kingdom of Heaven enters into your hearts, and that is the Kingdom of peace, love and harmony. Then, my children, there will not be the selfishness which distances you from my Son. There will be love and understanding for your neighbors. Because, remember, again I repeat to you, to pray also means to love others, your neighbors, and to give yourself to them. Love and give in my Son, and then He will work in you and for you. My children, ceaselessly think of my Son and love Him immeasurably and you will have true life, and that will be for eternity. Thank you, apostles of my love.

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