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St. Joseph Calasanctius: The Saint who founded the first free public school for the poor

2012-08-29

ADOLFO GARCÍA-DURÁN DE LARA
Escolapius 
"And when he died, even those who persecuted him said, 'he will be a saint'. His room was locked  and since then, no one else has lived there. It has remained  unchanged. They also took an inventory of all his things.”

From the furniture, to the ceilings, the windows and the floors are all original. In fact, several of his personal items were left intact. Like his  glasses, his prayer book, the chalice and  distinctive hat. Even his silverware and even pens and imprints he used to write thousands of letters. 

ADOLFO GARCÍA-DURÁN DE LARA
Escolapius
"Even if it's only to see see his office and see the oil used in his small lamp. The same one he used to write so many letters. We have about five thousand of his letters. He led the entire Order, from this his office.”

Tradition says that the Virgin appeared before him in this room. The Order is also known for being the first to take a fourth vow to educate and teach. 

Then there are the relics of St. Jose de Calasanz which of  course have a special meaning to members of this Order. His heart which honors his charity, his tongue represents his love for teaching. His head, symbolizes all his studies and his spleen, which represents his humility. 


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