DAY FOUR APRIL 2nd BROTHERS
1682 September, Reims - JBDLS and his new teachers say call me 'Brother'.
John Baptist de La Salle brought his most stalwart companions together in an assembly.
They proposed to create a community in which each Brother would feel himself loved and appreciated by others.
John wanted them all to freely express their opinions. After many hours of prayer and discussion, they reached a number of accords.
The teachers would call themselves "Brothers" among themselves, and they would be big Brothers for the children.
They also would not become priests, for school life would occupy them all day long.
John felt extremely happy by the end of the assembly, he felt that the Brothers were beginning to discover Jesus under the ragged clothes of the children.
Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God
Trusting in you, we join one another as a community
A community of faith on a journey to grow deeper to you and to each other as images of Christ
Along the way, remind us of your love, of your sacrifice for us and of your ever mindful presence
Let us never lose hope along the way
Help us to be strong in faith and strong in love
Strong in our desire to be ever mindful of your presence
Let us be 'Brothers' and 'Sisters' to one another in communion with you
Let us be accepting of differences, appreciate diversity and rejoice in our shared mission
May we be stalwart companions like De La Salle's first Brothers and may our eyes be open to seeing Jesus beneath the ragged clothes
Lord, the work is yours.
SJBDLS - Pray for us! Live Jesus in our hearts - Forever!