President’s Edition: Celebrating One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.
Learn why this year marks a profound moment in history and how the legacy of Saint John Baptist De La Salle lives on in the Red Knight community.
At first glance, the 2018-2019 school year looks like any other, with students and teachers rigorously pursuing an education rooted in the development of “body, mind, and spirit.” It’s a notion we instill in our students each day, and one that has become part of the fabric of the Red Knight community.
If we delve deeper, we reflect on the roots of those teachings, who we are, where we come from, what’s important to us at Benilde-St. Margaret’s – and the realization that this year, in fact, is no ordinary year.
This year, we join schools across the world, to honor the life of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, Founder of the Christian Brothers, in recognition of his death 300 hundred years ago. Historically Benilde-St. Margaret’s (BSM) is a school built upon the foundation of three orders, including the Sisters of St. Joseph and Benedictines, in addition to the Christian Brothers.
To commemorate the life of De La Salle, and his life-changing teachings – the Christian brothers will be using the theme “One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.” These sentiments ring true in the Red Knights of today and those who have gone before us. They can be seen in the hallways of BSM, at our arts and athletics events, in our classrooms, during Mass, at orchestra, band, and choir concerts, our alumni events and Board meetings.
Today, BSM fully embraces the profound respect and inclusiveness for all persons, regardless of background, a core teaching of De La Salle.
De La Salle also taught us to have concern for the poor and the importance of social justice. Each day, BSM students are encouraged to pursue their passions, to give back to their community and to tackle issues that are important to them.
He also emphasized the importance of a high-quality education. At BSM, we ensure students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide-variety of college preparatory courses, a strong service-learning program, and the chance to pursue subjects of special interest.
De La Salle was committed to reminding others we are in the Holy presence of God. This critical teaching is alive and well at BSM. Our interactions and thoughts develop with a constant awareness of God’s presence. That fundamental belief truly permeates all.
Saint John Baptist De La Salle lived a life that changed communities across the world. He lived a selfless life and led by example – having a ripple effect over the course of more than 300 years. This effect can be seen at every turn at BSM.
This tercentenary celebration not only gives us the opportunity to intentionally reconnect with BSM's roots in the Christian Brothers but also with all our charisms. The gifts we have been given by our three founding orders remain the catalyst for all we do - they give life to this place - they give meaning to our lives. We are united as Red Knights in one heart, one commitment, one life.
This year, I encourage you to pause for a moment, and remember the life of De La Salle, a saint who instilled invaluable lessons about balance, community, awareness of God, and respect for all…all treasured virtues to guide one through life.