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.
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.
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.
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