Kenneth Stenstrup, PhD, and William Mann, FSC, DMin


As regular forms of encouragement and instruction for his Brother-teachers, De La Salle’s Meditations broadly underscore their ministry as best the result of a transformation wherein human attributes give way to the Spirit of God and thus allow God to both teach and save the Brother-teachers’ disciples. Modeling the life and Passion of Christ and celebrated saints, De La Salle outlines a more specific path, a sure way to God: seclusion, prayer and mortification. De La Salle’s understanding of the biblical and traditional precedents of these terms found in the Meditations and their value and function for the ministry of the Institute are described.

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Seclusion, Prayer and Mortification: The Sure Path in De La Salle’s Meditations


seclusion, prayer, mortification, De La Salle, Meditations, sure means, seventeenth-century, spirituality

About the Authors

Kenneth Stenstrup, who earned his doctorate at The Claremont Graduate University, is an assistant professor in the department of theology and philosophy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is the author of Titus: Honoring the Gospel of God (Liturgical Press, 2010).

Brother William Mann, who earned his doctorate at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, is president emeritus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a former vicar general of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (2000-2007), and the immediate past president of the International Association of La Salle Universities (IALU).

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