We offer in this second volume of Complete Works of St. Joseph Calasanz the letters from 501 to 1000.
The publication of the Opera Omnia is a desire long dreamed up by the Piarists and a very heartfelt need in the whole of the Pious Schools and the educational world. Numerous researchers and Piarist scholars have collaborated, giving their best, to carry out this huge task.
Calasanz was a priest, a Piarist religious, an educator, a saint, and a founder. The richness of his person and his work is undoubtedly extraordinary. By reading his many writings, we can draw near to his convictions, aspirations, and efforts; we can know the traits of his soul and his deep spirituality, and, knowing him, we can love him more.
Nevertheless, let us never forget that loving Calasanz is loving what he loved. And there is no doubt of Calasanz’s loves. He loved Jesus, our Lord, and Mary, Our Mother; he deeply loved the children and youth and his Pious Schools. May the reading of his work help us grow in our faith, our Piarist commitment, and our desire to give our lives to children and young people, especially the poorest, with a patient and generous love.