Today we are privileged to have a chat with our celebrant of the day, St John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Brothers of Christian Schools (A.D. 1719).
JF: Oh what an honour to have you with us today St John the Baptist de la Salle. Thank you for calling in for a chat. I know that you were universally known as the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. But do you mind telling us about your childhood, about this vocation of yours?
JB d S: Well to start with, I was born at Rheims on April 30,1651, from a good Christian family to be honest.
JF: I believe that the family is the seedbed of vocation, is this the same in your case?
JB d S: Very much. Actually, since I was a boy, I could really feel the vocation to the priesthood.
JF: That’s amazing. What could have influenced you then?
JB d S: Due to the good instructions of my devout mother, I grew up such a pious kid, I supposed. In fact, I received the tonsure when I was only 11 years old, and then I became a member of the Cathedral chapter of Rheims at 16.
JF: Wow! That’s remarkable! Well I supposed it’s much easier in your time then, than the demands of formation now?
JB d S: Not much really. I also spent 8 years in the seminary formation. I entered the Seminary of St Sulpice in Paris in 1670, then I was ordained in 1678.
JF: But then at that time, I was told that you were a man of striking appearance, well connected, refined, and a good scholar. Do all these things matter to you then?
JB d S: I was looking for something more, something deeper, something meaningful. That was the content of my prayers then. And then shortly later God has answered me.
JF: In what way?