Generalate – Message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
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My dear Brothers, Lasallians, students, former students and parents, Greetings from your Motherhouse.
On December 8th we will celebrate a significant event here
in Rome. On that day, Pope Francis will inaugurate the Special Jubilee
Year of Mercy and he will open the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s
Basilica. By this act, Pope Francis says, that door will become “a door of mercythrough which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”
Special Jubilee Year of Mercy brings us back to the fundamental truths
of our faith we learned as children; namely, to practice the corporal
and spiritual works of mercy. We should take this opportunity to recall
the corporal works: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the
imprisoned and bury the dead. They go hand in hand with the spiritual
works: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners,
comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear patiently those who do us
ill, and pray for the living and the dead.
As Lasallian, Brothers and Partners, we are Ministers of God and
Ambassadors of Jesus Christ and, as such, it is our duty to be
instruments of mercy. The corporal works of mercy are at the heart of
the Christian life. When we engage in our respective ministries, when we as teachers and students participate in community
service and outreach programs, when we advocate for justice for the poor
and the oppressed, when we visit the sick and welcome the stranger and
the refugee, we manifest God’s loving mercy.
our Lasallian charism we are responding to a particular need identified
by Pope Francis for this Jubilee Year of Mercy. In all our educational
ministries we are dedicated to help “overcome the ignorance in which
millions of people live, especially children deprived of the necessary
means to free them from the bonds of poverty.” (p. 17).
Just last month, we on the General Council wrote, in the first of our
planned annual Lasallian Reflections: “in the Hebrew Scriptures, the
New Testament, and human history we see over and over again, that God’s
people are on the move, fleeing oppressions, war, enslavement, or other
calamities and we always see the living God accompanying the poor, the
migrant, and the young through education. For over 330 years of this
God-is-with-us-story, we have shared Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s
love for the young, especially the poor.
The icon we have chosen for our Lasallian year 2015 – 2016 is that of
the Good Samaritan, a merciful person par excellence! Just as in the
times of the Good Samaritan and the Founder, our contemporary societies
suffer from indifference to those
abandoned by the side of the road. Our challenge is to offer a radical
welcome, the oil of mercy, compassion, inclusion. (p. 7). Pope Francis
calls us to “bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and
In this Special Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us, together with Pope
Francis and the universal Church, commit to concrete responses of
mercy. I offer two avenues of action for your consideration from our
first Lasallian Reflection:
FOR YOUR REFLECTION
In our newly revised Rule we say that “school curricula are marked
by their concern for the promotion of justice and peace, and the
integrity of creation” (Rule 17.1). How can we ensure that our
educational centers become a powerful instrument of showing mercy and
compassion to our neighbor, and, at the same time, challenge the unjust
structures and policies that dehumanize the poor, migrants, and youth?
In our own Gospel journeys, which character do we identify with in
the Parable of the Good Samaritan? What invitations do we hear from the
Lord? What conversion is required of us and our Lasallian communities?
Saint John Baptist de La Salle wrote that, “God expects you to touch
hearts” (Med. 193.3). As you meditate on the Parable of the Good
Samaritan, what kind of Gospel adventure do you find yourself called to
in order to touch hearts?
Thank you! Together let us sing with the psalmist who millennia ago chanted: God’s mercy endures forever.
Vì anh em là đại sứ và là thừa tác viên của Đức Giêsu Kitô trong công việc mình làm, anh em phải hành động giống như đại diện chính Đức Giêsu Kitô vậy. Người muốn học sinh thấy chính Người trong anh em và đón nhận lời anh em dạy dỗ như chính Người dạy dỗ chúng . MR 195,2,1.