CLE Teachers at DBTO-Makati
Jesus brings to us the importance of prayer for our salvation in the light of His acts and teachings. In the gospels, He exhorted His disciples to pray always and not lose heart. Prayer is therefore, an obligation for every Christian in particular, and the whole humanity in general. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is considered the highest form of prayer. It is the greatest form of thanksgiving a person can offer to God after receiving numerous blessings in life. Bountiful blessings and miracles in life start from the very moment of opening of one’s eyes every morning, the fact of being alive. Giving thanks to God faithfully from one’s heart, therefore, is not a luxury – one of those optional, “nice to do,” Christian things – rather, it is a necessity.
With the aforementioned ideas, it has been a long desire of the St. Scholastica’s College, Manila Christian Living Education Area teachers to benchmark in a school wherein its students have inculcated the true essence of celebrating the highest form of prayer, the Holy Mass. Thus, last November 26, 2015, led by the ever vibrant Mr. Hansel C. Geneta as the Area Coordinator, the CLE teachers of the Junior High School unit visited Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City. It was a great endeavor for the noble purpose of observing the way the Bosconians partipate fully and actively during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
The CLE teachers and the academic coordinators of Don Bosco Technical Institute welcomed us wholeheartedly with an opening prayer and a cup of coffee for each visitor. Then, they accompanied us to the venue of the actual celebration of the Holy Mass of the Grade 9 Level students. Though the visit was unannounced to the students, the teachers observed that the Bosconians actively and fully took part in the celebration. If not all, almost all of them were actively singing and responding. They would also willingly observe the silent moments during the celebration. Moreover, even most of them would leave their places during the giving of the sign of peace and did it in a fervent manner. It was a solemn act of participating in the Holy Mass which Rev. Fr. Dindo Vito, SDB celebrated with us.
After the Holy Mass, the teachers had the agape. A sumptuous meal was served to accompany joyful conversations and to end the school visit. Indeed, it was a remarkable experience once again for the religious educators of both Catholic schools. For this Godly endeavor, congratulations to the DBTI CLE teachers and to the rest of the SSC Christian Living Education teachers: Ms. Carolyn M. Aquino, Mrs. Royalyn F. Dela Cruz, Mr. Ferdinand C. Japon and Mr. Ruben S. Valenton, Jr.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
– Matthew 18:20 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
By Mr. Arnel D. Daliva, HS Faculty