For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society.
Give only good example to the children; never correct them when out of humor or impatient. We must win them by an appeal to their piety and to their hearts. Soften your reprimands with kind words; encourage and reward them. That is, in short, our way of educating.
In this struggle concerning education, the Heart of Jesus asks us not for our blood, but for our minds. We must strengthen our studies by intellectual work.
With the pupils keep an even tone, both gentle and firm. Show them by the care with which you help them to advance along every line for which you are responsible, that you care for their interests alone, and that you want to help them to acquire a solid and pious education, enhanced by learning, and thus make them happy.
It is all very well to lay the foundations of solid virtue, but only the union of virtue with learning will give our work its perfection.
With the pupils... show them that you want to help them accquire a solid and pious education, enhanced by learning, and thus make them happy.
The Spirit of Jesus, who always inhabits an interior person united to the divine Heart, will enable us to know exactly what to say, to decide or to advise.
Jesus emptied himself to the point of taking human nature in order to raise it to the height of divinity. Even the coldest heart could not possibly fail to feel a little love for this God who becomes our companion and shares our worries, our sorrows, our labors.
“The will of the Father is that you bear much fruit, fruit that will last.” Jesus speaks these words to all those called, like the apostles, to a more perfect life and to a mission. These words, therefore, concern us. We must not only produce fruit in ourselves but also in those confided to us and in those with whom we have relationships.
We must not be blind to the fact that in these times of activity in which we live, demands are made upon us and obstacles rise so that certain modifications and a certain perfectioning become indispensable.... Education, is no longer what it was a few years ago; the multiplication of institutions which follow the trends of the times make us seem behind. God forbid that we should wish to compromise with duty and sacrifice our principal end to these tendencies, but we must again examine what we can accord and review our Plan of Studies to modify and complete it.