Spiritual Nourishment: Taking a Cue from our Founder
Unmotivated? Feeling empty? These are some reminders to care for ourselves and enrich our spiritual well-being. While most of us take care of our physical and mental health, our spiritual well-being is often neglected. Our spirits also need nourishment for us to stay connected to the core. Nurturing our soul will help us develop a deeper sense of meaning or purpose, a deeper understanding of our connection with the universe and to our God.
Spiritual self-care may include various activities that lead us to be connected in our inner being. For Christians, it is important to in synch with our Creator.
There are many ways to nurture our soul, based on the experience of our Father Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle.
- Silence and Meditation. De La Salle always took the time to be silent. For him, silence is very important so that he could listen and discern God’s will. He worked on establishing a deep connection to God. He spent a great amount of time in reflecting and meditating on the Scriptures. He instructed the brothers to read the Scriptures as it guides and teach them the truths about faith, which was very crucial in the ministry that they do as educators.
- Prayer. De La Salle prayed a lot. He also instructed the brothers to “be very devoted to prayer.” By doing so, he reassured the brothers that, Jesus Christ “will not fail to grant you what you ask of him.” Prayer is God’s way of connecting and communicating to us. As we pray we begin to understand God’s will in our lives. It is also in prayer that we can let Him know what we think, wish and even feel. Sometimes, it is through prayer that we can let out our fears, anxieties, the deepest longings of our hearts. Most of the times, it is also in prayer that we regain our strength and sense of hope.
- Acknowledging God’s Presence. The idea of the presence of God had led De La Salle in “thinking and making choices always concerning God amid everyday life,” As Lasallians, we are being called to do the same, to also acknowledge God’s presence and make Him part of our everyday life. Thus, we say, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.” Acknowledging God’s presence also connects us to the Core of our being, to be centered to that which is most important in our lives. It makes us aware of the direction where we are being led and directs us on how to follow such path and be united to God.