CHRIST AS PROPHET Education: My Work Is My Prayer By: Robert Espiritu

“He who has ears for hearing, let him listen.” – St. Benedict of Nursia

I have been a college professor for the past 10 years. Looking back, I didn’t think that I would be in the profession I’m in today. Back then, I did not aspire to be a teacher. But now, I believe I may not be as happy doing anything else. Teaching has brought me not just a sense of fulfillment, but also the knowledge that I contribute to something bigger than myself, that somehow my actions play a role in ensuring the evolution of the next generations.

I currently teach business and marketing courses in three schools: St. Scholastica Manila, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde and De La Salle University – Manila. Teaching in Catholic schools inevitably steers me to highlight not just academics, but also Catholic Social Teachings, particularly Benedictine and Lasallian values. That means when students leave my class, they should not leave armed only with the skills and knowledge they need to flourish professionally, but also with principles and ideals that uplift themselves and their fellowmen. The respect for human dignity is as important as academic and professional excellence, if not more so.
Has teaching turned me into a prophet? Perhaps, but I don’t really think of it that way. My goal is simple: I want to produce students that when they graduate and enter the “real” world, they will be bosses that I would be want to work for, statesmen who I would be proud to vote and march in the streets for, and young men and women who I would be happy to meet if my future sons and daughters would take them home to introduce to me.

In this day, education is not just about what our youth know. It is looking in their hearts and seeing Christ living in their thoughts, words and deeds.
“Do your part to help build up the kingdom of God in the hearts of your students.” – St. John Baptist De La Salle

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