Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle
“Think of what a blessing it is that the Holy Spirit lives in you.” (Med 62.2)
The Brothers’ Way
The Brothers Rule of 1718 on Regularity states, “those who live in community should, above all else, love God and next their neighbor because these are the principal commandments given to us by God.” As we begin our new school year at CBHS and form a Lasallian community focused on transforming hearts and minds, we strive to abide by that rule of loving God and our neighbor. The young boys who enter CBHS are challenged to grow into young men of faith and character. Throughout their experience as a Brothers’ Boy they will learn about the Brothers’ Way—a set of virtues that each Brothers’ Boy should embody in his life. Each month throughout the school year, teachers and students will focus on a different virtue in order to expand their understanding of themselves and the world around them.
In August the focus will be on the virtue of gratitude. Gratitude is act of showing appreciation and thanksgiving for blessings bestowed on our lives as well as being grateful for the actions of others that impact our lives. By showing gratitude in our lives, we can become positive influences helping not only us but others in our lives to see the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon us. This month we encourage you and your sons to stop and count the wonderful gifts you have been given in your life and to be grateful for them. For more on gratitude, see “What Is Gratitude?” by Angeles Arrien from her book, Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life-- http://www.gratefulness.org/resource/what-is-gratitude.
Prayer of Gratitude
Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank you for all that is good in my life.
My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.
I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. When my heart feels stretched and empty, and tears form in my weary eyes, still I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.
In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love.
Video for virtue of gratitude, this is a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO8FQzoESTc.
Lasallian Youth will be serving at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen on Saturday, August 13 from 8:30-11 am. To sign up to join the group that morning, e-mail Mr. Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August Mass Schedule
On Monday, August 15 at 7:20 am in the Brothers’ chapel, a Mass will be celebrated for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All are welcome to join. We will open our school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Msgr. John McArthur ’66, on Friday, August 19. We will be on a morning assembly schedule that day (9 am Mass).
Thursday Morning Mass
We will continue offering Mass every Thursday morning at 7:20 am in the Brothers’ Chapel. Each week, the Mass will be offered for the intentions of a different organization or team on campus, but all are welcome to attend.
• Thursday, August 18, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Brothers Leadership Council.
• Thursday, August 25, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Cross Country Team.
St. John Baptist de LaSalle, Pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Lindsey Neuman, Lasallan Animator