Each summer, Totino-Grace Student Ministers -- juniors and seniors committed to being faith leaders in our school community -- select a theme for the coming school year based on the lives of one of our founders, Saint John Baptist de La Salle and foundress, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger. For the 2018-2019 school year, we focus on the life of our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle and unite with Lasallian schools and communities across the globe in an institution-wide theme of “Hearts on Fire.”
“It was necessary for God to show us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, the path we must follow”
St. John Baptist de La Salle, Mediation 3.3.1
Our theme this year is inspired by the well-known paschal narrative of the disciples of Emmaus. Like the disciples we often find ourselves on a journey where we ask questions, express doubts, and face uncertainties. Along our path we sometimes wander without direction, unable to find our way. We live in moments of confusion, fear, doubt, and emptiness; however, it is on this journey that we learn to walk with others and discover that God walks alongside each of us. In discovering Christ, we open up to a deep connection and touch of God which allows our heart to burn within us.
The Brothers of the Christian Schools this year celebrate the Tercentenary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s passage to eternal life and the Year of Lasallian Vocations. We turn to the Brothers as an example of a life of full commitment to God and to others. We recognize that our founder lived for God, with God, and in God. His lifelong quest, undertaken in joyful freedom, led him to share the totality of his person with those in greatest need. Like the disciples on their way to Emmaus, St. John Baptist dropped everything and allowed his heart to be known to Jesus.
Can we too, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, recognize God’s presence in our lives?
Are we open to a transformative commitment that can set our hearts ablaze?
We are excited to share our theme this year with other Lasallian institutions across the globe with the hope of rekindling the fire of faith and rediscovering God in our lives. This school year we will be challenged to be a community of empathy, diversity, listening, respect, and unity in and through God’s word. We will open ourselves to allow Christ in and set our hearts ablaze and to live a life with hearts on fire.