Posted by Kane Raukura
on 7 April 2019
April 7th 2019 300 Years since the death of Saint John Baptist de Lasalle
On this day, 1719 in Saint Yon, Rouen, France, it was Good Friday and our Founder passed from this realm to the next. As Lasallian's worldwide, it is fitting that this milestone fall on a Sunday. As we pray today and celebrate the Eucharist, stop, reflect and give thanks for the countless blessings, encounters, moments and rewarding challenges that our mission provides. The responsibility is great, we strive to continue in John's footsteps and make a mark on those we teach and serve. Transforming lives and touching hearts! If our Founder could speak to us today, I am sure his words would reflect great pride and immense satisfaction in what we have achieved and continue to achieve. From New Zealand, my very warm prayers and love. God bless, on the behalf our entire sector. Kane Raukura Chair, Sector Mission Council.
One Heart reminds us that as educators we have a responsibility to touch the hearts of children. It also reminds us that like the first Brothers we are communities of educators associated from the heart.
One Commitment renews our call to provide a human and Christian education to the poor, the young and adults entrusted to our care and try to be good educators in all that we do.
One Life shares our hope for the Lasallian mission and brings to mind how we should follow De La Salle's footprints by answering God's calls in our lives just as De La Salle did in his day.
"You are truly of noble birth, since you belong to Jesus Christ and are a child of God, the Supreme Being. Everything in you should denote a certain air of nobility and greatness, a reflection of the power and majesty of God whom you serve and who gave you being."
(Part 1, Chapter 1 of the 'The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility')