April 6, 2017

20 Quotations from Saint John the Baptist de la Salle


Saint John the Baptist de la Salle. patron of schoolteachers, was a 17th century priest who revolutionized the system of popular education by applying a totally modern pedagogy and establishing a teaching Order to inform and enlighten both poor and nobility alike. Below are 20 quotes evincing his love of God and wisdom.

May God continue what he has started in you.
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God has chosen you to make him known to others.
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Inspire and lead others by encouraging them.
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God expects you to touch hearts.
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In the light of faith you see things quite differently.
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Never speak to anyone except with kindness.
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Don’t be discouraged by anxieties and troubles, life is full of them.
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Young people need the light of watchful guides to lead them on the path of salvation
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God’s compassion for you is greater than the troubles you have.
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God of love, set me aflame with love for you and for my neighbour.
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The more you devote yourself in prayer the more you will do well in your work.
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It is impossible to please God if you do not live on friendly terms with others.
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Put up with the faults of others and be generous towards them.
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Learning without piety produces a proud device; piety without learning produces a useless one.
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Teachers who are not actively involved in the learning process themselves, force their students to drink from stagnant water.
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Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you.
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Hold prayer in high esteem. It is the foundation of all the virtues, and the source of all grace needed to sanctify ourselves and to discharge the duties of our employment.
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Children are guilty of unpardonable rudeness when they spit in the face of a companion; neither are they excusable who spit from windows or on walls or furniture.
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In taking soup, it is necessary to avoid lifting too much in the spoon, or filling the mouth so full as almost to stop the breath.
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The birch is used only out of bad temper and weakness, for the birch is a servile punishment which degrades the soul even when it corrects, if indeed it corrects, for its usual effect is to harden.

Saint John the Baptist de la Salle, pray that we grow in love and in wisdom.

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