Governments, the Church and the media repeatedly insist that our organizations and our lives will be, and indeed must be, different after the pandemic; they point to a "new normal" that is on the horizon.
Due to the wisdom of those who have gone before us, the Institute has been living a "new normal" that was ignited by the Holy Spirit and inaugurated by the decisions of the 39th General Chapter (1966-67) and the publication of The Brother of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration.
Our response to the pandemic must move us beyond what was then a "new normal". The purpose of this letter is to recall the decisions that made us who we are today and to encourage us to live the present moment "as a time of profound revitalization. This revitalization must be based on a critical reading of the (a) Gospel and (b) living memory of the origins of the Institute, as a credible response in the Church and the world in the 21st century."
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life who guides us as we strive to procure the glory of God through our fraternal witness, our apostolic ministry of education and our commitment to improve the lives of those who are poor.
I believe the postponement of the international assemblies and the General Chapter can be a grace-filled moment for the Institute and the Lasallian Family to reflect more deeply on the new paths that the Spirit is setting out before us.
I believe each Brother and Partner is invited to be a joyful and effective minister of the Spirit.
I believe in the faith, zeal, creativity and audacity of each Brother and Partner to actively collaborate with the Holy Spirit in the realization of the Reign of God. With this in mind, I address the following letter to you.