Meditation on Teaching – Jean-Baptiste de La Salle


[Your students] are a letter which Christ dictates to you, which you write each day in their hearts, not with ink, but by the Spirit of the living God. For the Spirit acts in you and by you through the power of Jesus Christ. …

In order to fulfill your responsibility with as much perfection and care as God requires of you, frequently give yourself to the Spirit of our Lord to act only under his influence and not through any self-seeking. This Holy Spirit, then, will fill your students with Himself, and they will be able to possess fully the Christian spirit.

All your care for the children entrusted to you would be useless if Jesus Christ himself did not give the power, the quality, and the energy that is needed to render your care useful. “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself (our Lord says), unless it remains attached to the vine, so neither can you bear fruit, if you do not remain in me. This will be the glory of My Father, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” …

Jesus Christ wants you to understand from this comparison that the more your work is energized by him, the more it will produce good in your disciples. This is why you must ask him earnestly that all your teaching be energized by his Spirit and draw all its power from him. Just as he is the one who gives light to everyone coming into the world, he also gives light to the spirit of your students and leads them to love and to practise the good that you teach them.

St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (d. 1719)


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