Posted by La Salle College, Middle Swan
on 21 May 2019
In 2009 the Principal's Community Prayer Breakfast was introduced. It is a gathering of the Lasallian community for prayer and sharing of a meal which is held each year.
Since 2009 we have been privileged to have Fr Stephen McGuckin, Class of 1983 and 2008 Hall of Excellence inductee who worked with Mother Teresa and continues to serve with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta.Reverend Stuart Fenner, Swan Anglican Parish Priest and parent of the College; Monsignor Kevin Long PhD, Rector of St Charles Seminary;
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, sixth Archbishop of Perth; Br Anthony Cummins FSC, Director of Lasallian Volunteers; Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director, Catholic Education WA and Professor Selma Alliex, Vice Chancellor and Head of Fremantle Campus, Notre Dame.
This year we were honoured in our Tercentenary anniversary of the death of St John Baptist de La Salle to have as our guest speaker Br Lewis Harwood, De La Salle Brother and Director of Vocations attend on Tuesday 14 May.
Br Lewis shared with us what prayer is, the purpose, why we pray and how we can pray. He also provided us with prayer tips: create time each day for prayer, have a bible to find and reflect on passages from the Scriptures and psalms, download some prayer apps. De La Daily app provides daily quotes and reflections from St John Baptist de La Salle.
Brother Lewis shared the five characteristics of prayer being:
1. Prayer as intimacy. Love and our dependence with God.
2. Prayer as gratitude. For the gift of life and the gifts we have been given.
3. Prayer as mission. Helping others, togetherness.
4. Prayer as communion. Relationship with God and others.
5. Prayer as silence. The great universal prayer.
St John Baptist de La Salle teaches us to pray with the 'eyes of faith'. Prayer is a form of listening to our experiences and seeing the goodness in others. St Paul teaches us about spiritual awakenings or prayer as transformation.
All who gathered took part in a prayer activity or exercise with the 'magic eye'. We were given a picture to view and say what object we could see. After looking carefully, each person could see a different image emerge.
Just like prayer, slowly but surely an image emerges and we start to see or recognize God's grace and love.
At the conclusion of the prayer, all gathered together for a light breakfast prepared and served by the Certificate III in Hospitality students in the Peter Elloy Staff Centre