Intention: For the repose of the soul of Lasallian Partner Mimi MacCaul, AFSC, former high school teacher and director at the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, whose funeral is today.
Today’s Gospel | John 15:9-11
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It is, then, not enough to procure the Christian spirit for children and to teach them the mysteries and doctrines of our religion. You must also teach them the practical maxims that are found throughout the holy Gospel. But because they do not yet have a mind sufficiently able to understand and practice these maxims by themselves, you must serve as visible angels for them in two ways: 1) you must help them understand the maxims as set forth in the holy Gospel, and 2) you must guide their steps along the way that leads them to put these maxims into practice.
For this they need visible angels, who by their instructions and good example will encourage them to appreciate and to practice these maxims. By these two means, then, these holy maxims will make a strong impression on the mind and on the heart.
Such is the function you ought to perform for your disciples. It is your duty to act toward them as your Guardian Angels act toward you. You must win them over to practice the maxims of the holy Gospel, and to this end you must give them means that are easy and accommodated to their age. Gradually accustomed to this practice in their childhood, when older they will have acquired these maxims as a kind of habit and will practice them without great difficulty.
Eternal Father, you are the source of all true joy. In your ways are redemption and eternal life. Help us to stay close to you, and should we be unsure of where to step next, give us the confidence to continue by your light. Make of us a people who know and keep your word, who lift ourselves and each other with faith and zeal to better places and better dreams. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.