St. John Baptist de La Salle: The Message of His Catechism

A comprehensive analysis of the catechism written by St. John Baptist de La Salle, with one eye towards doctrine and the other towards the youth of his time.


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This study by Jean Pungier, FSC, provides the unique opportunity to see John Baptist de La Salle “at his desk, with his sources in front of him, engaged in the slow work of elaborating the diverse Instructions of his catechism. We will discover him, above all, devoting his deepest thoughts, his most specific pastoral options, to a turn of a phrase, a correction, an addition made to a text from one or other of his sources.” The author recommends that De La Salle’s catechism should be read with a sensitivity to “on the one hand, to what is changeless in matters of faith and, on the other hand, to the expectations and needs of the youth to whom we are sent.”

Author: Jean Pungier, FSC.

Translated by Oswald Murdoch, FSC. Edited by Gerard Rummery, FSC.

Volume 4 of Lasallian Resources: Current Lasallian Studies, 1999.

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference – Lasallian Region of North America

NOTE: This work is currently out of print but may be found in libraries.

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