The Lasallian charism, as the building axis of Lasallian identity, imparts an orientation to the whole formation process for that identity, which involves: a style (or way of being), a special sensitivity to certain needs, preferences in selecting those who will be sent on mission, some criteria and options for the approach to responses, a way of evaluating the mission. The Lasallian charism gives rise to Lasallian spirituality, which expresses the sense and human depth of the educational task, and highlights that task as the privileged place of the educator with God.
The “Founder’s charism” is a specific charism given to a person for the purpose of founding: to set in motion a collective identity with a participatory charism in service of a particular mission. John Baptist de La Salle had this Founder’s charism. He along with the first Brothers set in motion the founding charism (or the original Lasallian charism) for the mission of providing a human and Christian education to the children of “artisans and the poor”. This Lasallian charism is a participatory charism that gives rise to the Lasallian identity.