titude of fraternity with an examplefrom my own life.
An unusual introduction
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting two former studentswho were boarders at a high schoolstaffed by my community. I was theassistant headmaster and the director of the resident program, so Ihad lived with these young men fortwo years as their resident prefect.
They were now attending collegeand invited me to their apartmentfor a pasta supper so I could meettheir roommates and their girlfriends.
Keep in mind that for years it
was customary for students at our
school to address us brothers as
“Bro.” Although it took some get-
ting used to, I eventually appreci-
ated the term for its affection rather
than its flippancy. So when I walked
into the living room on the eve-
ning of our get-together, my former
student simply said to his friends,
“Well, everybody! Here’s our Bro!”
For him my position and title in
school were apparently unimport-
ant. The important thing was that I
was his “Bro”—and that suited me
On my way home that night, Ibegan to think about my unusualintroduction. I felt appreciatedand affirmed for who I really was.My role as administrator or prefectwas secondary—but to these youngmen, I was a brother first. I wastheir brother.
All of us called to this life showthat it is possible to interact with
BROTHERS valuetheir faith lives,praying alone andwith others ona regular basis.
Here AlexianBrother TomKlein, C.F.A. takestime for prayer.
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