The Spirit of Faith, Zeal, and Communion in Mission
After I finished the Lasallian Philosophy of Education, I have learned the life and time of St. John Baptist De La Salle, his major works and writings, what the responding of the 21 st century La Salle schools is, and the guiding principles of the Philippines Lasallian Family. De La Salle is a great person because he contributed his whole life to education, and he is the first one who opened the school to all. The most important thing for us is his experiences of faith because he believes that God provides everything for him. Through the lasallian guiding principles and the writings of St. De La Salle, I want to share about three values which are fundamental to Lasallian: the spirit of faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission. The Spirit of Faith
When we say the spirit of faith, the meaning is a relationship of communion with God who wills to save all people by bring them into a lifegiving communion with his and with one another in the Lasallian tradition (the website of De La Salle University). According to the website of De La Salle University, the spirit of faith is a spirit that allows us to: (a) Discovering God’s active presence in his Word, in men and women, in the poor, in nature, in history, and in ourselves. Meaning to say, the presence of God is in everywhere. As educator, we need to find God by reading his words, serving the students and in different people, especially in the poor. Saint Lasalle is the one who used to discover the presence of God. Therefore, He loves to pray and serve the people around him because he believes that the almighty God present in everyone. Through his life we can see De La Salle serves the people as serving the lord. As Jesus said, “whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). (b) Judging and evaluating things in the light of the gospel. Jesus is the best teacher. He gave us the...
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