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bullet "Though what is "news" and what is "new" are not always identical, they are not mutually exclusive either. By simply following reports about the Dead Sea scrolls in the popular media one can learn a great deal but still may miss what is truly important about them. When we step back from the events, personalities, conflicts, and scandals, and try to discern what is genuinely significant about the Dead Sea scrolls, what emerges are new ways of looking at the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish world of Jesus (also called Second Temple Judaism), and Jesus and Christian origins." -- from "What's New(s) About the Dead Sea Scrolls?" by Daniel J. Harrington in Cross Currents, Winter94/95, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p463, 13p.

bullet "Whenever we try to say who Jesus is for us, we engage in Christology. Christology is the attempt to understand the identity of Jesus as the Christ, as God's anointed one, as God's Son and the Second Person of the Trinity. We do not take up this question as spectators. Like Saint Peter or Martha (John 11:27), we are already deeply involved with the Lord Jesus. For us to reflect on Jesus' identity is simultaneously to describe Christ's relationship with us, with his disciples, and even with those who have never heard of him. What composes our belief in Jesus Christ is crucial to our individual lives and to the church's life. Therefore, the fuller our answers to the question of Jesus' identity, the fuller our lives as we face each day, care for one another, and participate in the Mass." -- Excerpt from Who Do You Say I Am : Christology: What it is & why it matters - by Robert A. Krieg, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame - Commonweal Magazine - March 22, 2002

bullet "...the fantasy that you need a doctorate in ethics to determine right from wrong encourages nonexperts to believe that ethics is an extremely complicated matter and so we should take a wait-and-see attitude toward our moral intuitions." -- Avoiding Moral Choices - Call in the ethics expert - by Gordon Marino - in Commonweal Magazine - March 23, 2001

bullet No matter where you go, my dear,
Nor what you say or do,
You have a loving Saviour
Who is watching over you.
He knows each sorrow on the way,
He even understands
How rough may seem the path it takes
To follow His commands.

Excerpted from Thought for the Month - He Knows - by Vera Beall Parker Spirituality for Today March 2002

bullet Slow me down Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart
by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace with a vision
of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, amidst the confusion of the day,
the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of the singing streams
that live in my memory.
Help us to know the magical
and the restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking small vacations,
of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,
to pat a dog,
to read a few lines from a good book.
Slow me down Lord
and inspire me to send my roots
into the soil of life's enduring values
that I may grow toward the start of my greater destiny. -- from Simplicity by Rev. Mark Connolly in Spirituality for Today August 2002, Volume 8, Issue 1

bullet De La Salle's Vision for the Teacher in the Lasallian School

"De La Salle named twelve qualities that every good teacher should possess:

Dignity Calmness Humility Prudence
Wisdom Patience Self-Control Gentleness
Zeal Vigilance Prayerfulness Generosity

For De La Salle, education meant formation of the total person. He believed that the essential attitudes
for becoming a good teacher were these:

  • Knowing each student as an individual and being interested in their whole life.
  • Trying to see in each student the image and likeness of God.
  • Being willing to try to maintain an open and friendly relationship with each student.
  • Being willing to teach by witnessing to the values taught.
  • Being open to asking God's help to overcome difficulties, misunderstandings, or lack of easy
    contact with some students.
  • Being willing to recognize that close association with fellow teachers and sharing ideals with them is a way of being mutually supportive in the ministry of teaching."
All quotations used with permission.