As we are in the season of Lent, I’d like to share a prayer with you that was shared with me many years ago. I do not remember where or when or even in what context I received it, other than at a Lasallian event. I do not know the author either. However, I believe the words of Jesus are brought to light within the context of our Lasallian charism in a simplistic and pure manner that is very beautiful. I hope during the season of Lent—a time for cleansing and centering—that this prayer speaks to you as it does to me.
Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them: “Happy are those who know they are poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
The Lasallian school, aware of the poor and abandoned and the Godly reign that is theirs, brings the faculty and students alike into contact with the economically poor and societal abandoned.
“Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them.”
The Lasallian school, aware of the meek and the lowly and those who suffer sorrow, is concerned about being a slavish follower, uncritically keeping up with the methods and goals of influential others. The unexamined compromise is not worth living.
“Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised.”
The Lasallian school, aware of the humble and the need for humility, provides programs and encouragement for the timid, the unaccepted, and the slower students. It also curbs the school’s preoccupation with success and unbridled competition.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully.”
The Lasallian school, aware of those who hunger and thirst, is concerned about consumerism. It teaches stewardship and justice that show the folly of a technology that keeps dreaming up ways to produce more consumer goods, with little concern for laborers, the environment, the future generations, or the consumers themselves.
“Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them.”
The Lasallian school, aware of the need to show mercy, is tolerant in dealing with less-than-perfect student performance, behavior, or cooperation. Justice also demands that teachers, as well as students, be accountable.
“Happy are the single-hearted; they will see God.”
The Lasallian school, aware of the single-heartedness that leads to a vision of God, commits itself to a cooperative search of the will of God in our time and situation. Christ and his message become truly known through the lives of the students and the lives of the faculty and administration.
“Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children.”
The Lasallian school, aware of peacemakers and the need for peace, cultivates respect, courtesy and friendliness within the school. The way in which teachers treat their students and each other demonstrates this respect.
“Happy are those who are persecuted for doing God’s work; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
The Lasallian school, aware of the persecuted, is concerned about minorities. It establishes a policy and practice among school personnel and students of non-discrimination because of race, color, nationality, sex, handicap, or religion. It tries to eliminate the burdens suffered by those with a minority mentality: a lack of identity, a lack of self-confidence and a feeling of dependence.
A Lasallian school has Jesus Christ as its inspiration and motivation. The faculty and staff are committed to the Gospel message, and deal with students, fellow workers and the public in ways that demonstrate that commitment.
The Kingdom of God is the goal of the Lasallian school.
May you and your family have a blessed beginning to the Lenten season!