'The Fruits of the Mind' is to be taken as a testimony of the Lasallian aspect of the character of Br Louis Camilleri FSC (1923-2011) who has been proclaimed as the Servant of God by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna on 31 March 2019 and who is on the way to canonisation. This book will be sent to the Vatican as one of the documents for the beatification.
It tries to depict aspects of Br Louis’s mental framework that contributed to his deep spirituality – this is mainly done through an analysis of some of his spiritual writings (which were translated into English by the author). The main task of the book is, therefore, to show how this great man carried within him the spirit of the Lasallian Institute – a spirit of Christian faith and spiritual zeal, which animated his life as he offered himself completely to God for the service of others.
Br Louis epitomises this Lasallian spirit. Throughout his life, after feeling the Christian call, he was committed to living according to the gospel, promoting Christian values and working to provide a quality education (compatible with those values) to the poor and the young – the 'poor' is taken in a wide sense to include all those destitute financially, socially, emotionally, and psychologically. He endeavoured to develop new aspects to meet the needs of contemporary education, and so he focused on the Lasallian vocation to commitment and togetherness. The writing of his prayers was part of his personal vocation to make Christ present in today’s world. His writings show him in solidarity with the poor and that he firmly believed in the living presence of God.
Every facet of his life shows him with a determined personality, unafraid since he carried the love of God within him – even when he came face to face with the Nazis in France during the Second World War.