Building a Community of Lifelong Learners
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
How would you describe the relationship among the first Christians? What were the concrete signs that their relationships were fruitful? Where in the school would you go to see the Christian spirit – so alive in the first Christian community – at work?
De La Salle’s Word
It is not possible for many persons to live together without being a source of mutual suffering. One will have a capricious temper, another will be combative; one will have disagreeable manners, another will be haughty; one will be naughty, another will be too obliging, another will speak his mind too freely; others will be reserved or too critical. It is rare that such varied dispositions do not lead to difficulties. And if grace did not come to rescue, it would be almost impossible for them to be mutually forbearing.
What is De La Salle’s attitude towards diversity in a group? How would you translate the phrase “source of mutual suffering” in your own language? What kept this diverse community together? What is your own attitude towards people who are different from you? What gift would you ask from God to help you live in communion with others?
Creating a Culture of Vocations
De La Salle’s Word
All your care for the children entrusted to you would be useless if Jesus Christ did not give the quality, the power, and the efficacy needed to make your care useful. Because the branch of the vine cannot bear fruit of itself (our Lord says) unless it remains attached to the main stem, neither can you bear fruit if you do not remain in me. This will be the glory of my Father, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
In the midst of so much absorbing activity, how do you keep in touch with God? With who or what gives spirit to what you do?