Our spirituality as Brothers is first rooted in the Gospel. As we live out our religious consecration to God in the footsteps of Jesus, the Gospel is at the heart of our mission.
Living the Gospel and incarnating it as we proclaim it, is the basis of our vocation; this is its value and necessity in the world of today.
Lasallian spirituality has certain points of emphasis, which make it a distinct spiritual way. Certainly, these same elements are found in other forms of spirituality, but the Founder uniquely integrated them in the light of his experience, in order to help his Brothers live their vocation, which was something new in the Catholic Church.
Focus on the Trinity
In the vow formula, as Brothers, we proclaim, “most Holy Trinity… I consecrate myself entirely to you to procure your glory.” This unifying experience as Brothers, places our lives in the hands of a God who is Father, Son, and Spirit.
Our Founder, moved by the situation of young people in his time, set out to commit himself to serving young people through the ministry of education. Lasallian spirituality is a spirituality of the Incarnation which gives us a way of looking at reality and seeing it with eyes of faith that lead us to act in the way Jesus would.
Spirt of Faith and Zeal
Rooted in the Lasallian mission, the Lasallian charism is spirit of faith that gives rise personally and communally to a spirit of zeal. Faith and zeal: with eyes open and hearts burning we desire “to make the presence of Jesus Christ a reality in our lives and in this world”
Remembering the Presence of God
“I always need to live in the sacred space of the presence of God. Awareness of his presence makes me turn toward others,” wrote one of the early Brothers. Recalling God’s presence should lead us to unite ourselves with him and feel ourselves being sent by him to others.
Life of Prayer
Our interior lives are nourished by prayer. Jesus shows us this example in the Gospel, for our Founder, he wrote and developed a method of prayer for the Brothers to daily encounter God in the depths of their minds and hearts during prayer.
Union in Community
Evangelizing one another through sharing our experience of God during moments of prayer a community gathering is essential. Lasallian spirituality views the spirit of community as one of the cornerstones of our religious family.
Mary as Model
In his writings, De La Salle shows admiration and a special love for Mary as a model for life. Mary provides a best examples for the Brothers of union with God, consecration and apostolic commitment.
Shared Spirituality and Charism
Our charism offers an invitation for women and men in all states of life—consecrated, married, ordained, and single —receive the Holy Spirit’s gifts through their association with the Lasallian mission. Today, lay people who are not vowed religious associate themselves with the Lasallian mission.
Living a spirit of faith and zeal, as Brothers and with our Lasallian Partners, we embrace a spirituality rooted in: a spirit of community and relationship, faith and zeal, and a practical understanding that God calls us together to witness the Gospel together associated for a common mission.