Apostles, prophets, ambassadors, and angels De La Salles meditations for the time of retreat and the apostolic imagination

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Fr. Joseph Roche, S.J.


The question this dissertation addresses is of how St. John Baptist de La Salle's Meditations for the Time of Retreat (MR), a devotional text written at the beginning of the eighteenth century, can be reappropriated by modern-day religious educators in such a way as to contribute to the development of apostolic sprirituality that unites a concern for professional commitment to that of growth in holiness. The dissertation proposes that De La Salle's text be employed as an instrument for shaping the religious imagination of its readers by providing them with classic scriptural paradigms around which to construct an imagination that is distinctivel apostolic in its orientation