Reflection on grades, report cards & personal change

Good morning; let us remember that we are in God’s holy presence.

 After Sunday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had this to say: “Losses always find a way to recalibrate how you see yourself. And we obviously have a lot of work to do.” 

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Today, I’d like to apply these sentiments to our academic and spiritual lives, with the observation that “Report cards always find a way to recalibrate how you see yourself. And we obviously have a lot of work to do.”  During the last day or two, your report card arrived in your parent or guardian’s in-box, via email. Twelve years ago, when La Salle Academy used to mail report cards home through “snail mail,”  aka the U.S. Postal service, my daughter would race in the front door when we got home and sort through the mail, so that she could look at her report card before I could. I’ve heard other Lasalle alumni say they used to do the same thing.

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It’s almost as if students think that by looking at their 1st quarter grades before Mom or Dad can see them, they’ll be able to come up with a quick excuse when their parents ask them about their lowest grade. Or, you might have to explain why you got one of those annoying teacher Comments— like “Does not complete assigned work,” or “Often distracted by technology.” Does this sound like you?  Sometimes those report card comments can be more revealing than the number-grade itself.

 I’m in a unique position to see all of this unfold; on one-hand, I’m a religion teacher and I turned in grades for my 5 sections of freshmen Religion; on the other hand, I’m the parent of freshman and junior sons in college, and I often hear about their struggles- the stress of tests, papers, quizzes, class projects and grades every day. 

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And I’m wondering if we might apply Tom Brady’s idea about recalibration to our personal lives, as we think about our grades this week. All of us, teachers included, can identify specific classes where we fell short this quarter. Take a moment and think about the class in which you struggle the most. Is it due to lack of effort? Is it hard to get motivated to do your homework after school, or in the evening? Is the subject matter overwhelming for you? Maybe you’re having difficulty relating to the teacher?  Maybe you feel anxious (or jealous) when you compare your results with those of your peers. 

We probably wonder sometimes, “Which of my classmates scored highest? “How come I only got a B+, but the person next to me squeaked out an A-?” Even though LaSalle Academy did away with class ranking, we still find ourselves in a competitive environment. Who doesn’t enjoy the accolades that come with earning 1st honors? And even though our school has embraced the Challenge Success program, our seniors still feel pressure to get into their first choice school for college.

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I believe that sometimes we forget to ask God to enter into the picture. Are you noticing that with the end of Daylight Savings Time this past Sunday and the changing of clocks by one hour, that there is more light in the sky in the morning, when you head off to school?  For Christians, “Christ is our Light.” I think we need to ask God for more of his light-more of his Son, Jesus- each morning during the second quarter. So as we finish this prayer, begin by offering up your report card to Jesus and ask Him to give you the grace to help YOU change for the better—to help you become the best version of yourself. In addition to renewing and redoubling our academic efforts, some of us need a spiritual recalibration, too. We call this conversion. Today, ask for God’s grace to give you the strength and courage to change your spiritual life for the better. Today, ask the Holy Spirit to be there for you, to help shoulder your particular burden academic or emotional. 

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Let us pray: O Spirit of Wisdom, we ask you for guidance as we reflect on our 1st quarter efforts today. Shower down your wisdom on the parents and teachers who will huddle up tonight, to help us find a clearer path to our academic victories.  Dearest Jesus, please be with us as we journey through the academic challenges of the second quarter. Our Father in Heaven, remind us each day that you love us unconditionally, no matter what numbers appear next to our names. Help us remember that each of us is made in your image. Help us honor that image by doing our best at all times—not only in our school work, but in the little things we do to help others succeed in life, as we seek your divine Providence in our lives.

St. John Baptist de LaSalle.[Pray for us.  Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Prayer for Nov. 7, 2019, David Martinez, Religion Teacher

God’s Presence Through the Eyes of Faith

Good morning La Salle and De La Salle.

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God:

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this out loud, but last Friday morning, while driving to Lasalle Academy for our first day of school, I felt… well, I felt “lonely.” I felt a strange sensation of absence, in my mind and heart. You see, for the past 15 years, I’ve always driven to school with one of my four children who were Lasalle students in grades 7-12, depending on the school year. And each daughter or son brought a different perspective to the car-ride in to school each morning.

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Fifteen years ago, in August 2004, Christina (my oldest daughter) and I started La Salle Academy together. Mr. Kavanagh and Br. Michael had hired me in late August that year to teach religion. Christina was intending to go to Classical High School in Providence, but Mr. Aldrich was able to find Christina a spot in the freshman class at the last minute, when a student dropped out of La Salle after one day of freshman orientation.  It was great to have a 14-year old daughter (my personal insider) to compare notes with each day, as we shared our struggles and triumphs as student and teacher, in a school that was new for both of us.

My second daughter, Marianna who is 4 years younger, drove me nuts on the ride in. She is the most style-conscious of my children. She soon realized that dad’s 7-passenger white GMC Safari maxi-van, with the large V8 engine and extra towing capacity (imagine in your mind the big white electrician or plumber’s cargo van, but without the writing on the side) couldn’t compete with the fancy cars that her friends came to school in. After a month, she made me drop her off at the iron gate by the tennis courts, so none of her friends would see her arriving with her dad in the ugly white “cargo van”. A month later, I was dropping her off farther away from the school property at Subway and by Thanksgiving, she was abandoning ship at Lasalle Bakery. She simply didn’t want to be seen driving in with me. It wasn’t long after, that we traded in our white GMC Safari for a grey Honda Odyssey. Merry Christmas Mari.

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At least my daughters got out the front door of our house by 7:20am. My sons, John and James, were impossible to wake up in the morning. John would always forget something at home-usually his sneakers and gym clothes on gym day, and we’d have to turn around and retrieve whatever he forgot. And then there was my youngest son.  For four years, James would never want to talk to me because he was so moody. We tried listening to Sports talk-radio on the way in, but typically Toucher and Rich, and Greg Hill would start veering off onto inappropriate topics, so the morning news on NPR at 89.7 FM would win out. Sorry James. Our four years of morning misery finally ended last June with his graduation from La Salle Academy. He’s a freshman at Providence College and he’s no longer by my side each morning.

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Anyways, this got me thinking this past Friday. Who or what will fill the void in the front passenger seat, now that all of my children are out of high school? Well, I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to invite God to drive in to school we me every morning. And maybe before I even turn on the motor, I’ll say to myself, “Let me remember that I am in the holy presence of God.” And then I’ll sit in silence in my driveway-with no radio on, just me and God.

And that got me to thinking about what we teachers do, 5 or 6 times each day, at the beginning of every class. What does that mean, to recognize that we are in God’s holy presence? Over 300 years ago, John Baptist De La Salle taught the Christian Brothers to take the following approach, every time they heard these words:

“I will be conscious that I live in the holy presence of a God who is inviting me into a deeper personal relationship.”

This presence then, is a relational presence. As if God were next to me in the front seat, interested in my every thought. Secondly, De La Salle believed that,

“God, in his presence, is inviting me to be transformed into God’s holiness.”

In other words, God promises to change me for the better, to make me holier during the school day. And this miracle happens everyday because you– you my students, you my fellow teachers and you the La Salle staff, will help me to see God’s presence through the Eyes of Faith. And because God is riding shot-gun, giving me direction in my life, I know that any delays, obstacles, or side streets on the journey of life, are a part of God’s divine plan, God’s Providence. So even though you can’t see God, rest assured God is there. God wants to be present in your life. And unlike my daughter, I know that God won’t bail on me when we reach La Salle Bakery.

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Let us pray: 

Loving God, we thank you for your loving presence every hour of every day. Help us to see you with the Eyes of Faith; give us the courage to enter more deeply into a personal relationship with you this school year. Help us to recognize the indwelling of your Holy Spirit in each person we meet here in our school community. Jesus our brother, promise us that you will always be by our side. May we recognize your presence whenever you carry us home, even when we are unable to recognize your footprints at our side.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, PRAY FOR US

Live Jesus in our Hearts, FOREVER!

Morning Prayer- Sept. 3, 2019 – Religion Teacher:  Mr. David Martinez

“Be The Change . . .”

Good Morning LaSalle and DeLaSalle

Let us remember that we are in the presence of a loving God.

I had a few ideas bouncing around in my head for prayer this morning.  First, I thought I wanted to talk about time management skills (or my lack thereof) ……. but then I was thinking about reflecting on my role as a parent (but I’d probably cry)…..so, I landed on the ideas of birthday’s.

In case you did not know, my birthday was Monday….and honestly, I love my birthday!

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No, not because my sister and mother in law call me and sing happy birthday……and no, not because my children give me hand written cards that bring tears to my eyes and no, not because I am off dinner and school lunch patrol for the day……..though those things are all great and they make me feel special, I love my birthday mostly because on the day I was born, the world changed.

That seems like a really big statement.   But I believe it to be true.   On the day I was born, the world changed……for my parents…..for my grandparents….for other family members.   Later on when I went to school for the first time……..the world changed for my teachers.   When I made friends, the world changed for them.  Each and every time I interact with anyone, the world changes.  I am creating experience and change along the path I lead…..along the life I live.     This has become more prominent as I get older and events change my world.  When my children were born, my world changed…….because YOU were born, MY world is changed.   And the very seat we sit in today would not be possible without the birth of our founder St. John Baptist de LaSalle.

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The idea of change seems to be the theme this year.   See, before students arrive back at school for the year, the faculty have a retreat of their own.  This year, we were encouraged to write or draw something that personally motivated us on a rock.  The rocks were collected to be distributed during our faculty liturgy.   Having a hard time making decisions, I asked Ms. Sanga to choose a rock for me.  That was the rock you see on your screen today.  BE THE CHANGE.

So for everyone listening this morning because of your birth you have changed your parents world, you have changed your friends world, you have changed my world.   Here at Lasalle Academy you have the ability to go serve…….to go change the world.

So…..since you changed the world when you born……I challenge you to continue to change the world and to BE THE CHANGE you want to see.

 

Let us pray –

Lord, thank you for gift of life.  Thank you for allowing us all to walk together and make change in the world with your teachings.  We thank you for each other and for your guidance along our paths.  We ask that you grant us the wisdom and courage to change the world for the better in all we say and do.

St. John Baptist de LaSalle………….pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts…….forever.

Morning prayer      9/25/19

Math Teacher:  Mrs. Erica Napolitano

Find the strength to resist temptations – RED RIBBON WEEK

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God……

In Matthew Chapter 26, verse 41, its says “Stay awake and pray that you won’t be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak.”  Although this is a simple verse, its speaks about the many temptations that we are faced with from day to day.  In the simplest terms, resisting temptation is not easy. The media, peer pressure, and the desire to fit in are three major forms of temptation, all of which we experience many times per day.  Also, many of these things that we are tempted to try are readily available at a moment’s notice, increasing the difficulty to resist. Though there are many things pointing towards giving in to temptation, God points towards enduring.  In Romans Chapter 5, it says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” As we reflect upon making good decisions through this red ribbon week, understand that resisting temptation is no easy feat, and that the reward for doing so is greater than that of giving in. 

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Let us pray,

Dear Lord, please help us to find the strength to resist temptations as we approach Halloween and the holiday season.  Guide us as we are faced with tough decisions, and lead us to make the right choices. Help us as we stumble along our path, and keep our focus on You, Lord.  

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Saint John Baptist De La Salle …….Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts …….Forever!

Morning Prayer October 30, 2019 –

“Walk a mile in my shoes…”

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of a loving God… 

I ask you to spend a moment and check out the shoes on the person in front of you, how about the person behind you, now look to your right, now look to your left, how about looking at your own pair of shoes. It’s okay to giggle and it’s okay to feel awkward in this very moment. Maybe the shoes looked similar, maybe they were the same brand (most likely Sperrys) or maybe the same color… one thing I know for sure is the miles that these shoes have walked are unique to the person wearing them.

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There’s a famous quote that says “Walk a mile in my shoes… see what I see, hear what I hear, feel what I feel, love what I love, then maybe you’ll understand why I do what I do”. The person behind you has a story where they see things differently than you because of their life experiences. The person in front of you has a story of why they hear things a certain way because of the life they have lived. The person to the right of you feels things differently because of the journey their life has taken them on.

Every now and then we need to take a step back and realize that the person to the left of us may be wearing the same brand shoes or maybe ones that are not our style at all, but they walk a different road and do things a bit differently because God made them that way. When we understand that each person loves differently, we have taken the first step towards loving God. 

Let us pray…

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Loving God, you remind us that we are standing on holy ground. We ask you to be a beacon of peace in our lives as we remember each individual was created in your image and likeness and each person travels a different route on this journey of life. May we always know that no matter the style of shoes we wear just like you and I, every pair of shoes has a story. 

Saint John Baptist de La Salle . . . Pray for Us

Live Jesus in our Hearts . . . Forever

 

Prayer offered by Ms. Katie Haidemenos, Director of Campus Ministry 10/25/19

 

Send Your Spirit To Inspire Us

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of a loving God

Great time for great new beginnings. Motivational quote.

Beginning. The word beginning is defined in the dictionary at the point in time or space where something starts. And here we are, at the beginning of a new school year. This week, I’ve asked my students to think about one word. A word that they can live up to. A word that they can focus on being more of or doing more of. Your peers have chosen words like happiness, compassion, motivation, inspiration and kindness. Let’s take this new year as a chance to feel happy. To show more compassion to others. To motivate ourselves and our classmates. To inspire each other and to be inspired by each other. To be more kind.

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Let us pray….

We find ourselves at the beginning of another day, not knowing what it will bring.

Please help us to be ready for whatever it may be.

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If we are to stand up, help us to stand bravely.

If we are to sit still, help us to sit quietly.

If we are to speak our opinions, help us to do it respectfully.

 

Please free our thinking and feelings from all forms of self-centeredness, dishonesty, and deception.

We need this freedom today and everyday to make choices according to your desires.

Send your Spirit to inspire us in times of doubt and indecision so that, together, we can walk along your path.

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St. John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever

 

 

 

Prayer shared over the public address system:  Mrs. Morgan Kane, Math Teacher

Share in That Joy That Transcends All Understanding

Good morning La Salle and De La Salle.

Let us Remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.

This summer my family and I took a trip to Walt Disney World, you know, the quote-unquote happiest place on Earth. Well, we certainly had a blast and created memories that will last a lifetime, but I can also say that there were times when we looked around and saw many people (including ourselves at times) who did not seem to get the “Happiest Place on Earth” memo. Sure the unrelenting heat and the crowds, all with children in tow are certainly factors that can impact one’s level of joy, but ultimately no circumstances can diminish our joy unless we allow them to. It comes down to a choice, we can choose to focus on the negative, or we can choose joy. 

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As we approach the end of our first full week here at the Academy, things really are in full swing. Sports seasons are underway and the classrooms are abuzz with activities. It can be a bit overwhelming especially for the newest members of our community. Our 6th and 9th graders are transitioning to the middle and high school routine, our transfer students are navigating their way through a new environment, and our new staff and teachers are adjusting to a new vocation or a new community. Our seniors are tackling the college application process and some of us find ourselves in new roles.  Our administration, teachers, and staff are tirelessly working to ensure a smooth start to our new school year. At times, the busyness and overwhelm can leave us feeling exhausted and even threaten to minimize our joy. Fortunately we are blessed every day with the reminder that we are always in the Presence of God, The Source of all Joy. In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that He wants to share His joy with us until our hearts are overflowing. God wants the very best for all His beloved children, each and every one of us. He is the Source of all joy, and if we open our hearts to Him, we can share in that joy that transcends all understanding.

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As we gather together as a community today for our Opening of School Liturgy, let us pray for a joyful year at La Salle.  Let us strive to shine the light and joy of Jesus to one another by encouraging, respecting, and supporting one another. And let us pray in a special way that all the new members of our community find a home here at La Salle and the joy of being a part of the Lasallian family. And let’s choose to make 612 Academy Avenue the happiest place on earth.

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Saint John Baptist De La Salle…Pray for us.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts…Forever.

Prayer Shared Over the Public Address System:  Mr. Anthony Russo, Religion Teacher

PROVIDER

Prayer 9/5/2019

I hope all the boards in the classroom are displaying an image I captured at the Port of
Galilee, Rhode Island.

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I have been meaning to speak this prayer for almost two years now.
This morning presented a clear opportunity because of today’s gospel.
I suppose that is an example of Kairos.

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of a loving God.

Luke writes at the start of chapter 5
That Jesus:
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.

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They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made, seized him,
and all those with him,
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching people.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.

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I have great love for this Gospel. Mostly because I love boats and being on
the water with all my heart. One of my favorite things about living in
Rhode Island is that I believe we are especially well equipped to
understanding the teachings of Jesus. He spent so much time on the water,
at the beach, on boats and around fishermen. And he used tangible
experiences from these people lives to help teach us all how to live.
Considering we are all returning from a summer break I ask the community
to take just a moment to think about what if anything you have learned
about others and what you have learned about yourselves while being on
the coast over the past few months. Think about your favorite beach day,
spending time with friends and family out on the water, a perfect day of
fishing or a delicious seafood meal. Were you able to catch any sunsets
where you were struck by the presence of God?

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I also love this gospel because we encounter that exact moment when
Simon Peter is converted to being a true follower of Jesus Christ. Luke says
that Simon Peter and those with him were “seized.”
For all in our community who struggle with their faith and spiritual life,
take relief that if you open your hearts and minds to those around you, at
any given moment you too could have a transformational experience that
will alter forever the way you journey on this earth. It will likely be at the
moment you are most in need and are least expecting the Grace of God.

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Let us Pray

Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience,
with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…
Pray for Us.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts…
Forever!

Prayer offered by faculty member:  Mark Carty, Social Studies teacher

Recognizing God’s Holy Presence

(Prayer offered on the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Tuesday, 3 September 2019)

Good morning La Salle and De La Salle.

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God:

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this out loud, but last Friday morning, while driving to Lasalle Academy for our first day of school, I felt… well, I felt “lonely.” I felt a strange sensation of absence, in my mind and heart. You see, for the past 15 years, I’ve always driven to school with one of my four children who were Lasalle students in grades 7-12, depending on the school year. And each daughter or son brought a different perspective to the car-ride in to school each morning.

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Fifteen years ago, in August 2004, Christina (my oldest daughter) and I started Lasalle Academy together. Mr. Kavanagh and Br. Michael had hired me in late August that year to teach religion. Christina was intending to go to Classical High School in Providence, but Mr. Aldrich was able to find Christina a spot in the freshman class at the last minute, when a student dropped out of La Salle after one day of freshman orientation.  It was great to have a 14-year old daughter (my personal insider) to compare notes with each day, as we shared our struggles and triumphs as student and teacher, in a school that was new for both of us.

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My second daughter, Marianna who is 4 years younger, drove me nuts on the ride in. She is the most style-conscious of my children. She soon realized that dad’s 7-passenger white GMC Safari maxi-van, with the large V8 engine and extra towing capacity (imagine in your mind the big white electrician or plumber’s cargo van, but without the writing on the side) couldn’t compete with the fancy cars that her friends came to school in. After a month, she made me drop her off at the iron gate by the tennis courts, so none of her friends would see her arriving with her dad in the ugly white “cargo van”. A month later, I was dropping her off farther away from the school property at Subway and by Thanksgiving, she was abandoning ship at Lasalle Bakery. She simply didn’t want to be seen driving in with me. It wasn’t long after, that we traded in our white GMC Safari for a grey Honda Odyssey. Merry Christmas Mari.

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At least my daughters got out the front door of our house by 7:20am. My sons, John and James, were impossible to wake up in the morning. John would always forget something at home-usually his sneakers and gym clothes on gym day, and we’d have to turn around and retrieve whatever he forgot. And then there was my youngest son.  For four years, James would never want to talk to me because he was so moody. We tried listening to Sports talk-radio on the way in, but typically Toucher and Rich, and Greg Hill would start veering off onto inappropriate topics, so the morning news on NPR at 89.7 FM would win out. Sorry James. Our four years of morning misery finally ended last June with his graduation from La Salle Academy. He’s a freshman at Providence College and he’s no longer by my side each morning.

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Anyways, this got me thinking this past Friday. Who or what will fill the void in the front passenger seat, now that all of my children are out of high school? Well, I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to invite God to drive in to school we me every morning. And maybe before I even turn on the motor, I’ll say to myself, “Let me remember that I am in the holy presence of God.” And then I’ll sit in silence in my driveway-with no radio on, just me and God.

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And that got me to thinking about what we teachers do, 5 or 6 times each day, at the beginning of every class. What does that mean, to recognize that we are in God’s holy presence? Over 300 years ago, John Baptist De La Salle taught the Christian Brothers to take the following approach, every time they heard these words:

“I will be conscious that I live in the holy presence of a God who is inviting me into a deeper personal relationship.”

This presence then, is a relational presence. As if God were next to me in the front seat, interested in my every thought. Secondly, De La Salle believed that,

“God, in his presence, is inviting me 

to be transformed into God’s holiness.”

In other words, God promises to change me for the better, to make me holier during the school day. And this miracle happens everyday because you– you my students, you my fellow teachers and you the La Salle staff, will help me to see God’s presence through the Eyes of Faith. And because God is riding shot-gun, giving me direction in my life, I know that any delays, obstacles, or side streets on the journey of life, are a part of God’s divine plan, God’s Providence. So even though you can’t see God, rest assured God is there. God wants to be present in your life. And unlike my daughter, I know that God won’t bail on me when we reach Lasalle Bakery.

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Let us pray: 

Loving God, we thank you for your loving presence every hour of every day. Help us to see you with the Eyes of Faith; give us the courage to enter more deeply into a personal relationship with you this school year. Help us to recognize the indwelling of your Holy Spirit in each person we meet here in our school community. Jesus our brother, promise us that you will always be by our side. May we recognize your presence whenever you carry us home, even when we are unable to recognize your footprints at our side.

 

St. John Baptist de La Salle, PRAY FOR US

Live Jesus in our Hearts, FOREVER!

Prayer offered by:  David Martinez, Religion Teacher

The Lasallian Community – School is Open!

La Salle Academy is all about community.  It is all about the family that we build on a day to day basis during the course of the year.  How well we build that community determines the depth of the experience and the quality of the exchange among us.  First and foremost we are a community of believers.  Our school values and building principles are grounded in the belief of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He alone is our Savior and our guide.  Our school is part of the teaching and mission of the Catholic Church.  We are a Catholic school, a Lasallian school that lives according to the vision and teachings of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and that implies certain values and standards as well.  We are a Catholic and Lasallian school that embraces and welcomes persons of other faiths and perspectives.  We welcome all into our community.  We avoid clichés and stereotypes and we not only accept the differences among us but rather we embrace and value those differences.  Those are the givens that form the foundation on which our school is built and through which our school functions.  That is the core of our community of believers.Image result for Lasallian community

Our school is a community of learners.  All in the community, adults and students, learn from each other and together explore the teachings and wisdom of the great minds and issues that the curriculum places before us.  Each day as learners we strive to grasp concepts once foreign to us, conquer cyberspace, create beautiful music, and allow our imaginations to take us to places we thought beyond the realm of possibility.  Each day we get caught up in the intricacies of a mathematical equation, the beauty of a poem, the quest for the solution to a science experiment, the simple joys of the environment and getting ones hands dirty gardening and watching that little seed grow into a thing of beauty . . . Each of these experiences somehow creates a sense of wonder and awesomeness if we are open to letting it happen.  Let it happen!

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Each of us brings to these communities of learners and believers our gifts and talents and the unique person that God intended us to be.  Allow me to repeat that EACH OF US IS THE UNIQUE PERSON THAT GOD INTENDED US TO BE.  Jesus tells us to love one another as He loves us as we are and who we are.  Today we begin a wonderful journey together.  Where will this school year as a community of learners and believers lead us?  That will depend on each one of us and the community that we create together.  Right now the slate is freshly clean and new for each of us – the story that we each create is what will be written on that slate come June 2020.  May each of our stories, those we create as individuals and those we create as a community together, have wonderfully and meaningful endings and let us pray that working together, living and being together that we can create something truly special … TOGETHER WE CAN. . .

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Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father, we pray that the hope and prayer of your son, Jesus that “we all may be one” be fulfilled in us this day as we live together, work together, take risks together, face challenges together, and rejoice together.  Come, Lord Jesus, send Your Spirit into us to make us one in You and in all.  Amen.

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