H A P T E R XXIll RELIGIOUS EDUCATION RELIGIOUS education,1 considered in accordance in the same general terms as the method as a whole, includes the preparation of an environment in which several divisions are distinguishable— those which might be referred to practical life, and those which, corresponding to what in the school refers to the development of the mind, deal with the development of religious sentiment, the education of the spirit, and the religious knowledge which consti- tutes the culture necessary to understand religion. It is, therefore, clear that it is impossible to go into the whole matter here and now. Such statements as are made will be directed towards opening up the necessary connections between the two branches of education, i.e. in a practical sense, the behaviour in the environment of daily life and the behaviour in the environment particular to religion (the Church). It was at Barcelona, in the Model Montessori School, a civic school of the Province, but one in which the Catholic religion was established as a fundamental subject, that there were laid down the first bases of religious education planned according to my method.2 1 Applied to Catholic education. * cf. Maria Montessori: The Child in the Church (Sands & Co., London).