St. John Baptist De La Salle
Because of his virtue, his gentle nature and the keenness of his mind, St. John was a general favorite. His love for young people inspired him to found the congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
Novena for the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians begins.
And Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them and said: “Amen I say unto you, unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Gospel, St Matthew 18
The Imitation of Christ
For thus one and the same and unshaken can he stand, directing, through all this variety of events, the single eye of his intention unflinchingly toward Me.
Always very popular among the youth of his day for his gentle disposition and his virtue, St. John founded a religious order of teachers, called the Christian Brothers, or the Brothers of the Christian schools. The Order has flourished and exists in large numbers in our country. You probably know several of these splendid teachers yourself.
Whether you ever intend to become a religious teacher or not, pray for “laborers in the vineyard.” Will you think today, too, of what you would be doing if your teachers, or St. John Baptist had been as selfish as you are and had thought only of themselves? Will you not think of others and do something for them that they may enjoy the blessing of a Catholic education as you do?
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.