Posted by Br Paco Chiva
on 5 August 2019
Dear Lasallians, we offer you the communication nº 16 from the Secretaries of Association. You can share this communiqué with other Lasallians.
For this month's reflection, we have asked Ms Edith Touvi, Signum Fidei, District du Golfe du Benin, Togo to comment on three statements:
Reflection on my Lasallian belonging based on my experience of being a lay woman
My vision of Africa on some of the five criteria of the Association
My dream on the future of Shared Mission and Association in Africa
1- Reflection on my Lasallian belonging based on my experience of being a lay woman:
As soon as I started teaching at St. Augustine's College in Togoville, a Lasallian college, I felt Lasallian for the simple reason that when I was a student, the Lasallian charism had particularly touched me. The Brothers and their collaborators were very close to us. They treated us as parents would to their children. Therefore, as soon as I returned to this same College, I wanted to give back what I had received as an inheritance while a student. In addition, as I am the only woman teacher, I would like to contribute the same as my male colleagues and add my sensitivity as a woman.
During a training on the Lasallian Educational Mission, a question asked by the trainer remained with me: "Is teaching a job or a vocation for you?" From that moment on and according to these explanations, I decided to make my job a vocation; a Vocation that will allow me to live spirituality, to commit myself, and to be part of the Lasallian Educational Mission. Thus, as a lay woman living the charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, I feel in return very close to my pupils and students by listening and accompanying them whenever the need arises. With them, I feel comfortable as an older sister who can guide their steps and enlighten their future. Each time, I entrust them in my prayers to divine Providence through the powerful intercession of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
In addition, I work closely with all the other members of the educational community where we share our experiences. With my maternal instinct, I make my humble contribution to the success of our learners. In the same way, during my daily reflections, I give them a lot of advice.