One of the most significant retreat locations in the Lasallian world, Parmenie is where De La Salle came — albeit for a short time — at a key moment in his life. He received significant inspiration from Sr. Louise, and guidance from the Brothers who wrote to him from Paris.
Questions to Consider
- When you see a place like Parmenie, where De La Salle really didn’t spend a great deal of time, why do you think it became such an important moment in his life?
- What other aspects of De La Salle’s experience, writings, innovations, and perspectives regarding education and his work with the Brothers would make Parmenie a fitting place for personal renewal?
- What kinds of things do you do in order to recharge your batteries? What more could you do, if only you had the time? What could you do even without the time?
A Key Decision
- There are key moments in everyone’s life, moments that shape one’s future. Why was this decision such a key one in De La Salle’s life? What other options did he have?
- What kinds of things do you think were going through De La Salle’s head as he was reading the letter from the “principal Brothers” and trying to decide what to do?
- What are some of the key moments in your life – times when you knew that your choice would make a major impact on your life? How did you finally come to a decision?
Sr. Louise and Br. Leo Burkhard
- Sr. Louise seems to have been quite a person. From what you know, why do you think that this was the case? And how is it that an illiterate shepherdess became so appealing to a Canon of Reims Cathedral and Doctor of Theology?
- Br. Leo Burkhard was passionate about De La Salle and his experience at Parmenie. Where is your passion, if it exists, in the area of Lasallian history or pedagogy or spirituality?
- Parmenie is now a retreat center for Lasallians and others. Why is it important to have times for retreat, renewal, and rest? Look beyond the obvious answers.