Summer Reading- “Meditations for the Time of Retreat”

Summer is upon us which means teachers everywhere will be taking advantage of Summer break. I am hoping that many of us will pick up a good book to help us with our spirituality. The book I am recommending in this entry will do just that. It is called “Meditations for the Time of Retreat” by St. John Baptist De La Salle.

As many of you have seen, I have added a couple of pictures to the bottom of the blog. The first is of St. John Baptist De La Salle (1651-1719), Patron of Christian Schools in the Catholic Church. This man was a pioneer for spirituality in the classroom and established many of the common practices we follow today.

La Salle’s vision went deep enough to establish a religious congregation made up of men who were willing to serve as life-long teachers. These men, today known as “Christian Brothers,” have dedicated their lives to the construction of God’s children inside the classrooms of Christian schools. Their community is a worldwide fraternity that has vowed life to teaching, obedience, poverty, and communal life. In the past 300 years, their ministry has been blessed to cover over 85 countries in which Lasallian schools offer Christian education to over 700,000 children and young adults.

Now that you know the history of the author, I must implore that you read his book, “Meditations for the Time of Retreat.” From the Introduction by Brother Miguel Campos F.S.C. to the direct and logical style of La Salle, this book is a must read for anyone who has been called to the vocation of Teaching. In all truth, there is so much wisdom in this book that it is hard to pick out one quote or phrase that would touch upon the profundity of La Salle’s words. It is simply a necessity for any Christian teacher because it touches on several themes that we practice everyday in our classrooms.  Some of these topics include how to live our Christianity as Teachers, how to discipline our poorly beaving students with dignity, and how to keep all of our pupils away from the sins.

The best part about this book is that it is free. You can download the PDF file at any time. Start on page 412 to read “Meditations for the Time of Retreat.”

If you have trouble, click here to go to the Lasallian website where La Salle’s complete works can be downloaded in English. Then, search for “Meditations for the Time of Retreat,” place yourself in the presence of God and read the words of this great Saint.

Live Jesus in our hearts forever!

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