Posted by Br Robert Schieler
on 14 May 2021
This is our time, an "acceptable time" to be hopeful and to make decisions, not out of fear of our own fragility, but with evangelical boldness and courage.
Dear Brothers, Partners and Members of the Lasallian Family,
Throughout the pandemic, Brothers, Partners, students, support staffs, and indeed all members of the Lasallian Family are being challenged to live De La Salle's admonition "to be sure the school runs well". All of you continue to create and sustain safe and welcoming educational environments in your educational communities and centers. Today, as we recall the life and work of John Baptist De La Salle, I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each of you for your heroic service, creative leadership, and constant and joyful proclamation of the Gospel.
Each one of us and all of us together continue to reflect on the impact of the many crises arising from the pandemic on our lives, social responsibilities and mission to announce the Good News to the poor. A crisis always leads to a turning point and a need for significant decisions. A crisis is often similar to an unexpected encounter that in the beginning is a dimly perceived catalyst impelling towards either radical change or the acceleration of a change already underway. John Baptist de La salle's unexpected encounter with Adrien Nyel is a familiar example of a crisis-causing event that leads to radical change. The lnstitute's developing response to the pandemic is an example of a crisis that is accelerating changes already underway; as we know, the Institute has been on the path of change and renewal for quite some time.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle invites us to see all of life's encounters and events with the eyes of faith ; that is, in the context of our relation ship with God and open to the influence of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual writer Henri Nouwen suggests that we seek God's presence in all that unfolds because God is always acting in our history...
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