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Title: Apostles, Prophets,


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Apostles, Prophets, Ambassadors and Angels
adapted from key concepts in Br. Mike
Valenzuelas dissertation of the same title
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Session One Towards an Apostolic Spirituality
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Context
  • The search for a spirituality particular to the
    ministry of religious educators.
  • A re-kindling of the original fire of our
    founding story.
  • A way of growing in faith, hope and love through
    the exercise of ones professional commitment as
    an educator.

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What is needed is an apostolic spirituality that
sees action and involvement in the world as
constituting a path to holiness and union with
God. Such a spirituality involves recognizing
and participating in Gods creative-redemptive
action in the District of Penang.
INTEGRATION
What is specifically needed is an apostolic
spirituality particular to the educational
context and realities of Malaysia.
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Message The mysterion, the saving plan of God
unfolds each day in our educational endeavors
through the efforts of educators who are chosen
and gifted by God to bring good news to
neglected and abandoned youth, teaching them to
live evangelical lives in keeping with their
dignity as Gods children.
The MR describes the identity and role of
educators in Gods plan as seen through faiths
eyes.
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It's a question of approach and method...
IMAGINATION
Imagination is an activity which involves all our
human faculties in giving meaningful form to the
data of sense, affectivity and cognition. It is
a constructive, organizing, composing activity
which enables human beings to objectify
realities otherwise inaccessible to direct
observation.
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Imagination mediates between objective reality
and human understanding.
How we imagine the relationship between God,
ourselves and the world in turn has profound
effects on the way we think, feel and live.
Relevance for Faith God's revelation in
human experience is initially grasped on the
level of imagination.
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Luke 2413-19 Now that same day two of them were
going to a village called Emmaus, about seven
miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with
each other about everything that had happened.
As they talked and discussed these things with
each other, Jesus himself came up and walked
along with them but they were kept from
recognizing him. He asked them, What are you
discussing together as you walk along? They
stood still, their faces downcast. One of them,
named Cleopas, asked him, Are you only a visitor
to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have
happened there in these days? What things?
he asked.
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Reflection When you look at the realities of
the Lasallian mission in the District and the
lived experience of the Brothers working here,
what sort of conversations emerge? What things
would you be discussing? What tones of voice do
you hear? What hopes are dashed? What plans might
you be making?
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Session Two The Power of Imagination
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PARADIGMATIC IMAGINATION
An activity by which we take exemplary,
constitutive patterns from more accessible
realities to render complex or inaccessible
realities to our powers of understanding.
Paradigmatic imagination is the way in which we
give form to our felt relationship to divine
mystery.
Source of the classic paradigms Christians use to
render their relationship to mystery.
SACRED SCRIPTURE
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PARADIGMATIC IMAGINATION
How do we appropriate the MR for
the Brothers in the
District of Penang today?
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Seeing with the eyes of faith can be regarded as
a way of perceiving and interpreting reality
under the guidance of the indwelling Spirit and
through the paradigmatic lenses of a
scripture-formed imagination.
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The meditations offer readers classic scriptural
paradigms that enable them to
(1) discern the character of reality in
its transcendent dimensions, and
(2) recognize and respond to Gods creative and
redemptive action in history.
Consequently, educators are invited to construe
their work as Gods work and their vocation as
essentially apostolic.
In this way, the MR helps shape a distinctive
kind of imagination, one that is apostolic in
that it supports and enables free and active
participation in Gods redeeming activity as it
unfolds through the medium of the the total
educational process.
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PARADIGMATIC IMAGINATION is for all
If people are clear about the purpose and true
values of their organizationif they understand
what their organization stands for and who it
shows itself to be through its actionstheir
individual tinkering will result in systemwide
coherence. In organizations that know who they
are and mean what they announce, people are free
to create and contribute. A plurality of
effective solutions emerges, each expressing a
deeper coherence, an understanding of what this
organization is trying to become. -Margaret
Wheatley, Goodbye, Command and Control in
Leader to Leader (July 1997)
not just for the designated leader
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  • To speak of an apostolic imagination is to speak
    of a particular constellation of paradigms that
    disposes persons to attend to events in a way
    that highlights apostolic vision, motives,
    attitudes and commitments. An apostolic
    imagination
  • expresses an awareness of being called and sent
    by God for a mission
  • disposes us to interpret reality in the light of
    Gods saving
    plan
  • encourages sensitivity to suffering and
    responsiveness to human
    need and,
  • remains firmly rooted in this world even as it
    seeks to transform
    it in the direction of Gods kingdom.

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The shape of our spirituality follows the shape
of our imaginations. The material content of our
imaginative processes matter because they allow
us to perceive and interpret the relationship
between God, ourselves and the world in
distinctive ways.
Apostolic Spirituality
Apostolic Imagination
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Luke 1835-43 As Jesus approached
Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside
begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he
asked what was happening. They told him, Jesus
of Nazareth is passing by. He called out,
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Those
who led the way rebuked him and told him to be
quiet, but he shouted all the more, Son of
David, have mercy on me! Jesus stopped and
ordered the man to be brought to him. When he
came near, Jesus asked him, What do you want me
to do for you? Lord, I want to see, he
replied. Jesus said to him, Receive your sight
your faith has healed you. Immediately he
received his sight and followed Jesus, praising
God. When all the people saw it, they also
praised God.
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Reflection When you prayerfully consider the
realities of the Lasallian mission in the
District and your lived experience of
association with your Brothers and Lasallian
colleagues, what things do you fail to
see? About yourself and your Brothers? About the
Lasallian associates and partners? About the
young people in your care? About the Reign of God
here and now?
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Session Three Mystery in the Life of the Educator
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The Imaginal Content of the MR
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  • claim their identity as called, chosen
    and sent by God for a mission
  • acquire apostolic motives and
    dispositions in keeping with the new vision of
    themselves, of God, and of the world
  • regard educational realities as
    sacramental
  • integrate spiritual life and ministry
  • re-shape pedagogical practice
  • maintain a preferential concern for
    the poor and the vulnerable.

M Y S T E R I O N
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De La Salle employs a number of metaphors
paradigmatically to suggest ways in which the
educator can correspond to the saving action of
God unfolding in the educational project.
  • Ambassador of Christ
  • Master Builder
  • Guardian Angel
  • Good Shepherd
  • Prophet
  • Branch on the Vine
  • Faithful Steward

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  • Luke 2419-27
  • What things? he asked.
  • About Jesus of Nazareth, they replied. He
    was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before
    God and all the people. The chief priests and
    our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to
    death, and they crucified him but we had hoped
    that he was the one who was going to redeem
    Israel. And what is more, it is the third day
    since all this took place. In addition, some of
    our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early
    this morning but didnt find his body. They came
    and told us that they had seen a vision of
    angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our
    companions went to the tomb and found it just as
    the women had said, but him they did not see.
  • He said to them, How foolish you are, and how
    slow of heart to believe all that the prophets
    have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer
    these things and then enter his glory? And
    beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he
    explained to them what was said in all the
    Scriptures concerning himself.

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  • Reflection
  • When you look at your life and your engagement
  • with the Lasallian mission in the District,
  • where is your Road to Emmaus
  • the place where Jesus surprised you recently?
  • What happened?
  • Who became instruments of that epiphany?
  • What feelings burned in your heart
  • during that time?

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Session Four Ambassadors and Master-Builders
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Ambassador of Christ
  • . . .you must act as representing Jesus Christ
    himself. He wants your disciples to see him in
    you and to receive your instruction as if he were
    giving it to them. M 195.2
  • Challenge Becoming a living sacrament for your
    pupils.

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Ambassador of Christ
  • Since you are ambassadors and ministers of Jesus
    Christ in the work that you do, you must act as
    representing Jesus Christ himself. He wants your
    disciples to see him in you and receive your
    teaching as if he were teaching them. They must
    be convinced that the truth of Jesus Christ comes
    from your mouth, that it is only in his name that
    you teach, that he has given you authority over
    them. MR 3.2

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Ambassador of Christ
  • We are not like so many others, who handle Gods
    message as if it were cheap merchandise but
    because God has sent us, we speak with sincerity
    in his presence, as servants of Christ...
  • 2 Cor 217

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  • Luke 910-17
  • When the apostles returned, they reported to
    Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with
    him and they withdrew by themselves to a town
    called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it
    and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to
    them about the kingdom of God, and healed those
    who needed healing.
  • Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him
    and said, Send the crowd away so they can go to
    the surrounding villages and countryside and find
    food and lodging, because we are in a remote
    place here.
  • He replied, You give them something to eat.
  • They answered, We have only five loaves of
    bread and two fishunless we go and buy food for
    all this crowd.
  • But he said to his disciples, Have them sit
    down in groups of about fifty each. The
    disciples did so, and everybody sat down. Taking
    the five loaves and the two fish and looking up
    to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then
    he gave them to the disciples to set before the
    people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the
    disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken
    pieces that were left over.

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Reflection When I look at my life the past
year, how effective have I been in representing
Jesus Christ to the young people entrusted to
me? When they look at me, do they see Christ or
someone else? Have I taken seriously Jesus
command to me YOU give them something to
eat? To what extent have I exercised my
leadership potentials in the District this past
year to satisfy the hungry crowd?
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. . . they are like good architects who give all
possible care and attention to lay the foundation
of religion and Christian piety in the hearts of
children, a great number of whom would be
otherwise abandoned. - MR 193.3 The
Challenge Build up the Church by
building up your pupils in holiness. Bring
conscience of craft to the laying of spiritual
foundations.
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Using the gift that God gave me, I did the work
of an expert builder and laid the foundation, and
another man is building on it. But each one must
be careful how he builds. For God has already
placed Jesus Christ as the one and only
foundation... And the quality of each persons
work will be seen when the Day of Christ exposes
it. For on that Day fire will reveal everyones
work the fire will test it and show its real
quality. 1 Cor 310-13
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a wrong sense of playing master designer
Most of us were raised in a culture that told us
that the way to manage for excellence was to tell
people exactly what they had to do and then make
sure they did it. We learned to play master
designer, assuming we could engineer people into
perfect performance. But you cant direct people
into perfection you can only engage them enough
so that they want to do perfect work... For all
the unscripted events...we depend on individual
initiative. Ultimately, we have to rely...on
peoples brains and their commitment to doing the
right thing. - M. Wheatley, Goodbye, Command
and Control in Leader to Leader (July 1997)
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  • 1 Corinthians 39b-15
  • You are also Gods building. Using the gift
    that God gave me, I did the work of an expert
    builder and laid the foundation, and another man
    is building on it. But each one must be careful
    how he builds. For God has already placed Jesus
    Christ as the one and only foundation, and no
    other foundation can be laid. Some will use gold
    or silver or precious stones in building on the
    foundation others will use wood or grass or
    straw. And the quality of each persons work
    will be seen when the Day of Christ exposes it.
    For on that Day fire will reveal everyones work
    the fire will test it and show its real quality.
    If what was built on the foundation survives the
    fire, the builder will receive a reward.

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Reflection When I look at my life the past
year, how effective have I been in laying
spiritual foundations in the lives of the young
people entrusted to me? What kinds of materials
did I use? How strong are these? how lasting? How
generous have I been in using the gifts God gave
me to build on the foundation of Christ?
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Session Five Guardian Angels and Good Shepherds
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You share in the ministry of the Guardian Angels
by making known to children the truths of the
Gospel which you have been chosen by God to
announce. You must teach them to put these into
practice . . . MR 198.2 The Challenge Ascend
to God in prayer to hear his word, descend to
your pupils to help them enflesh it. Incarnate
your teaching in real life.
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Jacob left Beersheba and started towards Haran.
At sunset he came to a holy place and camped
there. He lay down to sleep, resting his head on
a stone. He dreamt that he saw a stairway
reaching from earth to heaven, with angels going
up and coming down on it. Gen 2810-12
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There was a priest named
Zechariah, who belonged to the
priestly
order of Abijah. His wifes
name was Elizabeth... They had
no children
because Elizabeth could not have any, and she and
Zechariah were both very old. One day Zechariah
was doing his work as a priest in the Temple,
taking his turn in daily service. According to
the custom followed by the priests, he was chosen
by lot to burn incense on the altar... An angel
of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the
right of the altar where incense was burnt. When
Zechariah saw him, he was alarmed and felt
afraid. But the angel said to him, Dont be
afraid... Luke 15-12
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Luke 1815-17 People were also bringing babies to
Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples
saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called
the children to him and said, Let the little
children come to me, and do not hinder them, for
the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I
tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive
the kingdom of God like a little child will never
enter it.
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Reflection When I look at my life the past year,
how effective have I been in ensuring that the
young people in my care truly understand and
experience Gods message and compassion? How
faithful have I been in bringing up to God in
prayer the concerns of those under my care?
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The Good Shepherd
Consider Jesus the Good Shepherd of the Gospel,
who seeks the lost sheep places it on his
shoulders and carries it back . . . Since you are
taking his place, look upon yourselves as obliged
to do the same thing. - MR 196.1 The Challenge
Know your pupils in order to discern the best
ways to guide them. Unite yourself to the mercy
and compassion of God who seeks to guide, heal,
and save those most at risk.
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Insight Effective leaders have personal
qualities that contribute to their success in the
role. Limitation While personality traits are
important, research does not support the idea
that there are distinct leadership traits that
guarantee effectiveness. This
view neglects the importance of the setting on
the leaders effectiveness.
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Insight Effective leaders respond to the
maturity of their followers. Leadership is
situational. Limitation The relationships
assumed to be important
are the ones that go out from the designated
leader like spokes from
the hub at the center of a wheel.
Leadership is seen exclusively as the set
of relationships established
by the person in
charge.
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Insight Effective leaders insure that groups
deal with both internal (group maintenance) and
external (performance) tasks. This is often
spoken of as striking a balance between being
people oriented and being task oriented.
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Insight Leadership is a system of relationships
through which a group acts effectively. Leading
takes place when group members deal with one
another in ways that meet the groups needs and
contribute to its goals. Effective leaders
nurture the larger network of relationships
through which the group cares for itself and
pursues its goals.
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In De La Salles own life, we see him moving
from a model of leadership that is
leader-centeredand paternalistic, to a model
of leadership which empowers the community to act
effectively to address its internal and external
goals. He began his ministerial journey as
an outsider, as the teachers rich benefactor
and father-figure, and ended up as their partner
and brother. Much of his struggle as a
leader was spent trying to empower the group to
take charge of its own destiny. This meant
helping them to grow professionally and
spiritually, to understand the full significance
of their work, to recognize the Spirit as the
source of true power, and to collaborate together
for the mission entrusted to them by God.
POWER VESTED IN ONE PERSON
POWER VESTED IN THE GROUP
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Luke 153-7 Then Jesus told them this parable
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses
one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine
in the open country and go after the lost sheep
until he finds it? And when he finds it, he
joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.
Then he calls his friends and neighbors together
and says, Rejoice with me I have found my lost
sheep. I tell you that in the same way there
will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner
who repents than over ninety-nine righteous
persons who do not need to repent.
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Reflection When I look at my life the past year,
how involved have I been in the lives of those
under my care? Have I exercised my leadership
over my flock with the firmness of a father
and the gentleness of a mother? Do I recognize
the leadership role I play in the District and
the gifts that God has given me to accomplish our
District vision? Have I especially sought out
those who are the last, the lost, and the least?
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Session Six Prophets and Branches on the Vine
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The Branch on the Vine
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. . . you must take on the spirit of the prophet
Elijah when they fall into some fault . . . You
must say to your disciples, I am so zealous for
the glory of my God that I cannot see you
renounce the covenant you made with him in
baptism . . . - MR 202.1
The Challenge Engage in a Gospel critique of
contemporary youth culture.
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Luke 1818-25 A certain ruler asked him, Good
teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal
life? Why do you call me good? Jesus
answered. No one is goodexcept God alone. You
know the commandments Do not commit adultery,
do not murder, do not steal, do not give false
testimony, honor your father and mother. All
these I have kept since I was a boy, he
said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him,
You still lack one thing. Sell everything you
have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. When
he heard this, he became very sad, because he was
a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and
said, How hard it is for the rich to enter the
kingdom of God! In deed, it is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
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Reflection When I look at my life the past
year, how truthful have I been in challenging
and confronting those entrusted to my care? Has
my witnessing been counter-cultural or have I
been the one influenced by the people of the
world?
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The Branch on the Vine
All your care . . . Would be useless if Jesus
Christ himself did not give the quality, the
power, and the efficacy to make your care useful.
As the branch of the vine cannot bear fruit by
itself unless it remains attached to the stem, so
neither can you bear fruit if you do not remain
in me. - MR 195.3
The Challenge Communion with Christ, which
leads to ministerial fruitfulness and evangelical
joy.
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John 151-8 I am the true vine and my Father is
the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that
bears no fruit while every branch that does bear
fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more
fruitful... Remain in me, and I will remain in
you. No branch can bear fruit by itself it must
remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit
unless you remain in me. I am the vine you
are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in
him, he will bear much fruit apart from me you
can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me,
he is like a branch that is thrown away and
withers such branches are picked up, thrown into
the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my
words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and
it will be given to you. This is to my Fathers
glory, that you bear much fruit, showing
yourselves to be my disciples.
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Reflection When I look at my life the past
year, how connected have I been with Christ as
I engaged in my ministry? Do I truly consider
my work as Gods work? What role has the daily
practice of interior prayer played in this regard?
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the prophet who is also a branch on the vine
The Leader's 4 Basic Tasks
1. Nurture commitment. 2. Enhance the
groups power. 3. Foster collaboration. 4.
Face the group towards the future.
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  • Nurture Commitment
    Effective
    leading helps group members to stay in touch with
    the deepest beliefs and values of the group and
    from these shared convictions, to draw the
    strength they need for effective action.
  • Enhance the Groups Power
    Effective leading enables
    members to recognize and develop their gifts and
    to offer these as contributions to the common
    mission.
  • Foster Collaboration
    Effective leading helps
    the group to move its commitment into
    collaborative action, inspired and sustained by
    the vision of what is possible with the help of
    God.
  • Enable the Group to Face the Future
    Leading involves enabling
    transformation by recruiting people to construct
    the future together. It involves going beyond the
    concern for stability and maintenance of the
    status quo to activating a vision adequate for
    the needs and challenges of the future.

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nurturing commitment
  • He led his followers to immerse themselves in
    the Gospel and let it shape their vision and
    motivation.
  • He taught them to regard their work as
    collaboration with God in realizing Gods dream
    for young people.
  • He supported them in coming up with a name, a
    manner of dress and vows that reinforced communal
    identity, commitment and belonging.
  • He encouraged them to reflect and converse on
    matters of faith and ministry.

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enhancing group power
  • He sought to make recruits competent and
    confident by prioritizing their spiritual and
    pedagogical formation.
  • He helped create structures to provide constant
    support and guidance for novices in the art of
    teaching.
  • He consulted the Brothers and encouraged them to
    discern directions for the group together.
  • He drew on their rich experiences and shared
    wisdom to innovate and standardize
    school practices.
  • He personally wrote each Brother every month,
    offering him accompaniment, support and guidance.

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fostering collaboration
  • He encouraged the Brothers to discern directions
    for the group together without imposing his will
    beforehand.
  • He insisted that they be brothers to one
    another, united in charity and working together
    for the same goals.
  • He created structures for communal
    accountability, fraternal correction, conflict
    resolution and reconciliation.
  • He and 2 Brothers made a vow of association that
    became a support for collaborative
    ministry.
  • He invited them to regard the Institute as Gods
    work and therefore worthy of their best efforts.

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getting members face the future
  • He used his meditations to articulate an
    inspiring faith-vision that resonated with the
    deepest convictions and values of the teachers.
  • He encouraged teachers to pay careful attention
    to the concrete teaching situation and to
    innovate in response to students actual needs.
  • He saw the educational project as a
    work-in-progress. He did not fix structures
    beforehand, but allowed them to evolve to optimum
    effectiveness.

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  • nurturing commitment
  • enhancing group power
  • fostering collaboration
  • getting members to face the future

QUESTIONS
  • How do you realize these tasks in your school,
    community, District?
  • In what area do you feel you need to do more?

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Session Seven The Faithful Steward
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On the day of judgment you will answer for them
as much as you answer for yourself. You must be
convinced of this that God will begin by
making you give an account of their souls before
asking you to give an account of your own.
MR 205.2 The Challenge Prepare to be
held accountable for the your exercise of the
ministry.
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Since Jesus Christ has been appointed by God to
be your judge, he will say to you... Give me an
account of your administration. He will examine
to the very depths of your heart whether you have
been faithful managers of the personal property
he has entrusted to you and of the talents which
he has given you for his service. MR 15.1 On
the day of judgment you will answer for them as
much as you answer for yourself. You must be
convinced of this that God will begin by
making you give an account of their souls before
asking you to give an account of your own. MR
15.2
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Oh, what joy a Brother of the Christian Schools
will have when he sees a great number of his
students in possession of eternal happiness!
What a sharing of joy there will be between the
teacher and his disciples! What a special
reunion among them in the presence of God! MR
16.2 On the day of judgment (the alumni will
proclaim), These men are the servants of the
Most High they have made known to us the way of
salvation.... All of them will join in asking
Jesus Christ to grant you a favorable judgment,
praying him not to delay putting you in
possession of the happiness you procured for them
by your work and your concern. MR 16.3
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Who comprise the Lasallian Family today?
BROTHERS
Faculty Administrators
Support Staff
Students Alumni
Chaplains
PARENTS
Trustees
Friends Benefactors
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ONE MISSION
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Different degrees and levels of commitment and
sharing.
RELATIONSHIP OF COLLEAGUES AND BROTHERS IN THE
SHARED MISSION
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BROTHERS
LAITY
Something new is being born . . .
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Lay partners enabled to exercise a more
deliberative role in determining the directions
and conduct of the Lasallian mission.
LAY EMPOWERMENT
Increased opportunities for new and creative
types of apostolates.
Evolve new structures and learn skills to
facilitate lay-FSC collaboration.
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Q Why share the mission ?
Because the Lasallian charism belongs to the
whole Lasallian Family.
Because the needs of youth and the poor are many.
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Luke 1912-26 A man of noble birth went to a
distant country to have himself appointed king
and then to return. So he called ten of his
servants and gave them ten minas. Put this money
to work, he said, until I come back.... He
was made king ...and returned home. Then he sent
for the servants to whom he had given the money,
in order to find out what they had gained with
it. The first one came and said, Sir, your mina
has earned ten more. Well done, my good servant!
his master replied. Because you have been
trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge
of ten cities. The second came and said, Sir,
your mina has earned five more. His master
answered, You take charge of five cities. Then
another came servant came and said, Sir, here is
your mina I have kept it laid away in a piece of
cloth. I was afraid of you because you are a hard
man. You take out what you did not put in and
reap what you did not sow. His master replied, I
will judge you by your own words, you wicked
servant!...The he said to those standing by,
Take his mina away and give it to the one who
has ten minas....I tell you that to everyone who
has, more will be given. But as for the one who
has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.
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Reflection Spend the rest of the time of the
retreat before the Lord as you account for the
exercise of your ministry this past year. Note
down the issues burning in your heart or the
resolutions that you are inspired to make.
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Session Eight Conclusion and Synthesis
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The MR is not merely a text to be read, it is
ultimately a text that needs to be performed.
In the light of this vision, what are we
empowered to be and do today?
This attempt to approach the work from the
perspective of imagination is intended to offer
readers a way of actualizing the text in our own
day.
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Conclusion
In his spiritual teaching, De La Salle stresses
the importance of seeing all things with the
eyes of faith. Free and willing participation in
Gods saving initiative in the world (which is
what apostolic spirituality is all about) hinges
on this ability to recognize and respond to Gods
loving presence in history.
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Conclusion
The MR is a spiritual classic intended to enable
this faith-vision. This study suggests that
taking the eyes of faith as a way of imagining
reality in the light of scriptural paradigms is a
fruitful way of enabling the MR to exercise this
same function for religious educators today.
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From this perspective, the MR helps shape an
apostolic imagination that allows readers to
see something of what De La Salle saw God
present and active in the relationship between
teacher and pupil for their mutual sanctification
and salvation.
The eyes of faith as apostolic imagination.
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Furthermore, through its various paradigms, the
MR illuminates ways of patterning ones mode of
correspondence to Gods saving action and
encourages particular dispositions in keeping
with this apostolic commitment.
The eyes of faith as apostolic imagination.
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In this manner, approaching the MR from the
perspective of imagination releases the texts
transformative potential and allows educators to
rediscover the dimension of the sacred in their
work.
The eyes of faith as apostolic imagination.
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St. John Baptist de La Salle wanted to create
ministerial communities that could face emerging
educational challenges with competence,
creativity and commitment. Such communities had
to be united in gospel vision and values yet
flexible and self-directed enough to adapt and
respond to changing needs and situations in a
creative and effective manner.
How do we recreate that dynamic today?
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If between friends and partners we were
geese... Ah!
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The next season, when you see the geese
migrating, going to a warmer place, to sort the
winter... Pay attention that they fly in a V
formation Maybe you will be interested in
knowing Why they do it this way...
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By flying in a V formation....
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The whole flock increases the flight efficiency
by 71
Compared to just one bird flying alone
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Lesson 1 Sharing the same direction and working
as a team, get us to the destination quicker and
easier. By helping ourselves, the accomplishments
are greater!.
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When a goose leaves the formation..
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He feels the resistance of the air and the
difficulties of flying alone....
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Then, he quickly comes back to the formation to
take advantage of the the flocks power in front
of him ..
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Lesson 2 By staying in tune and united beside
those who are going in the same direction, the
effort will be less. It will be easier and
pleasing to reach the goals, Everyone will be
inclined to accept and give help.
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When the leader goose gets tired of flying...
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... He goes to the end of the V
formation. While another goose takes the lead.
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Lesson 3 To share the leadership, There must
be mutual respect between us all the
time... Sharing the hardest problems and
tasks.. Gathering our abilities and combining
our faculties, talents and resources.
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The geese flying on a V formation, they
quack to encourage to the ones in the front.
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In that way, they keep the same speed.
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Lesson 4 When there is courage and
encouragement, the progress is greater.. A
timely word of encouragement, always motivates,
helps and strengthens.. It produces the best of
benefits...
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When a goose gets sick, is injured or gets tired
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And he must leave the formation...
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Other geese leave the formation too, and they fly
with him to help him out and protect him. They
remain with him until he dies or he is able to
fly again. They reach their bevy or they just
make another V formation.
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Lesson 5 Lets stay beside each other no matter
what the differences. Specially in times of
difficulty and great challenges..
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If we bond together and support each other.. If
we make true the spirit of teamwork.. Regardless
of our differences, we can rise to meet our
challenge. If we understand the real value of
friendship.. If we are aware of the feeling of
sharing.. LIFE WILL BE EASIER AND THE PASSING
OF YEARS MORE FULFILLING ..
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Final Encouragement
Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
  • There comes a time, in other words, when
    criticism of the past is simply not enough.
    There comes a new moment in life when we must
    dedicate ourselves to creating the future. And
    that is hard, hard work.

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Final Encouragement
  • Let us plant dates even though those who plant
    them will never eat them we must live by the
    love of what we will never see Such disciplined
    love is what has given prophets, revolutionaries,
    and saints the courage to die for the future they
    envisaged. They make their own bodies the seed
    of the highest hope. Even in the face of the
    impossible, we must act as if the miracle will
    come tomorrow. Thats what sowing is all about.
    It requires trying when hope is thin and faith is
    stretched and opposition is keen.

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