The integrity of one’s identity and commitment to one’s vocation are Lasallian values that inspire us today.
Brother Jaime Hilario Barbal (2 January 1898 – 18 January 1937) was born Manuel Barbal i Cosín. Despite being afflicted with hearing loss, Brother Jaime served as a teacher for almost two decades. At the age of 39, caught up in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War, he was imprisoned and executed. Why? Because he was a religious Brother educator, a De La Salle Christian Brother, and refused to deny that truth!
After sufficient scrutiny, the Catholic Church beatified Brother Jaime on April 29, 1990 when it was confirmed that he was killed "in odium fidei" ("in hatred of the faith").
Nine years later, following the confirmation of a miracle attributed to his intercession, Pope John Paul II canonized Brother Jaime as a saint of the Catholic Church on November 21, 1999.
At times, the truth of one’s identity can be a costly reality, perhaps a cause of ridicule, confusion, or even shame. One of the memories of the life and commitment of Saint Brother Jaime Hilario Barbal is that the truth of one’s identity is worth standing up for … the integrity of one’s identity and commitment to one’s vocation are Lasallian values that inspire us today as well.
O God, may each of us honor the life and memory of Brother Jaime by being proud of our own identity, who and how you have made us in your image and likeness. May we be inspired to live with faith and vitality in generous service to others with integrity.
Saint Brother Jaime Hilario, pray for us!
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us!
May we live with faith and zeal, forever!
Click here for a brief video about Saint Brother Jaime and here for more details about his life.