Perhaps the strongest aspect of Lasallian spirituality is St. La Salle’s insistence on acquiring the spirit of faith. What did he mean?
In his own words we are to
“look upon everything with the eyes of faith,
do everything in view of God,
and attribute all to God.”
With this mindset we are to look upon everything in this world with the “eyes of faith,” to see all created things as God sees them. We are to do everything in order to glorify and please God and we are to accept both good and evil as coming from God!|s hands. In this way we will become more and more aware of the presence of God in our daily life, in the events of life and in other persons. We will use our senses, eyes, ears, touch, smell and taste for the glory of our Creator. We will do likewise with our gifts or talents.
St. La Salle recommends some Scripture passages to help us grow in the spirit of faith, such as
“Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God’s glory.” (1 Cor 10:31)
“The Lord gave, the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)
“Lord, increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5)
In his Meditation for the Feast of St. Stephen, La Salle sees Stephen as a model for us of the spirit of faith. After the example of St. Stephen we are to consider anything we have to suffer from other people as “gifts and benefits” of God. Only “pure faith” can inspire us to do this.
The spirit of faith helped La Salle to see street ragamuffins as children of God for whom he had personal love and concern. No wonder La Salle and the first Brothers chose the spirit of faith as the spirit of our Institute. It gives purpose and focus to our own lives and to our work with students.
“Do you have a faith such that it is able to touch the hearts of your students and inspire them with the Christian spirit? This is the greatest miracle you could perform.” (Meditation 139)
Our world becomes a very interesting and challenging place when we look on it with the “eyes of faith.”