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Self-Encounter: The CLE Teachers’ Way

September 16,2014

SSC, HS Unit – The Latin phrase “Nemo Dat Quod Non Habet” (“No  One Gives What She/He Does Not Have”) is precisely one of the significant points highlighted by Sr. Mary Ignatius C. Aquino, OSB to the Scholastican High School Christian Living Education (CLE) teachers.

Any mention of Christian life education in a Catholic school is a challenging task mostly given with a higher expectation and value from the Christian Living Education teachers.  In one of the area meetings,  it was agreed upon by all that being CLE teachers at present is a very challenging and difficult task as they are faced with differing attitudes and perspectives of the current generation due to the adverse effects of family brokenness, media and other dehumanizing and brutalizing elements in the society.

Thus, the CLE area was graced by the presence of Sr. Ignatius, OSB (or Sr. Iggy as she is fondly called) last July 5, 2014, Saturday as they shared intimate moments inside the HS prayer room from 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  She acted as the able facilitator of a sort-of-self-encounter activity. 

The CLE teachers made sure that the journey begins with their very own selves.  “We should always find time for silence and listen to the “monkies” in us,” said Sr. Iggy, OSB who was once appointed as Novice Directress in Ndanda Priority, Tanzania. “It is significant to listen to what is within us. Most of us are uncomfortable with the discovery that we have a lot to learn about ourselves, and the fear of the unknown that has always led us to huddle about the campfires of our culture will often send us back to the small circle of light we call “ our self.” We see the surface, but we do not know how to understand the depths. We grasp the facts, but miss the meanings.”  The activity which ended with an agape was done in a group reflection, sharing, and discussion as the facilitator guided every participant with her valuable insights.

The group, as each participant reflectively participated and shared personal thoughts and feelings, approved the idea: “We travel through life trying to leave behind us dimensions of ourselves we have failed adequately to address, and these facets of ourselves, buried but not dead, refuse to go quietly.”

This self-encounter activity is a rare gift and opportunity from God. Knowing that the CLE teachers’ role in bringing Christ to students will not be a fulfilling ministry if the teachers themselves do not know how to process and free themselves  from psychological and other burdens of life.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 (NRSV) 

By: Mr. Arnel Daliva
Christian Morality Teacher