Over the last many months I have been approached more often than in the past by teachers, parents, and even students regarding apparent confusing and contradictory statements about perceived changes to Catholic teaching which have made their way through various forms of media.
In the name of the entire De La Salle College ”Oaklands” community: students, parents, staff, alums and benefactors, I extend my greetings. Established in 1851, De La Salle College “Oaklands” is part of a world-wide movement inspired by the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle who responded to the needs of his time in 17th Century France by founding a religious community of teaching Brothers and providing a Christian education mostly for the sons of artisans and the poor. What he accomplished, however, was more than just open schools, he created a vision of educating youth.
Throughout its long history Brothers and many other dedicated persons have worked tirelessly to continue this vision at the College. A Lasallian school is centred on a life of faith. In such a school, God's presence is a lived reality. It is a Christian school in the Roman Catholic tradition which proclaims the message of the Gospel to today’s youth.
The Christian action and community service programs are an essential part of the education of young people attending the College and assist in the fostering of charity, tolerance and a concern for the poor. De La Salle College “Oaklands” has an outstanding tradition of academic excellence and, like all Lasallian schools, it continues to foster excellence in all areas of school life. Community service and other Christian action initiatives make up an essential component of the educational experience of young people attending the College. These programs assist students in fostering the virtues of charity, compassion and concern for the poor.
Education in the Lasallian tradition is about how to make a life and not simply how to make a living. Such a view is not always easy to pursue since our culture is generally indifferent to this vision. A sound, Christian education based on good example, charity, and excellence is arguably the greatest gift that can be bestowed on the young. I invite you to become part of this vision in whatever way possible. May the Patron of All Christian Teachers, St. John Baptist de La Salle bless you and those dear to you.
Live, Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Brother Domenic Viggiani, FSC
President, De La Salle College "Oaklands"
In quieter moments of late I have reflected on the importance of learning the skills and openness to listen to the advice of others. In religious life, we are accustomed to having a spiritual director in addition to our superiors whose role is to impart advice and direction from time to time.
In so ways it was just as inevitable that Jesus should rise from the dead, as it was that he would be put to death. In our time, we find it so very hard to accept the reality that the Christian faith acknowledges that mankind is created good but inclined to evil. Similarly, the freedom we have been given by God, who is love itself, necessitates that in the time and space of this dimension of existence, evil is present and powerful. We choose to love and are not forced to love.