Christian Camacho: Discovering New Definitions of What It Means to be Lasallian

I did not think that I would ever find God again, but I found him on a brisk Tuesday night in the DeLaSalle chapel. God never left but I discovered what God’s purpose for me was and what God saw to be the life that was created for me. I will never forget the times before where I was so lost and scared for what the future held for me. I am a first-generation college graduate from Philadelphia and serving in the Midwest as the only LV with no one to ask “do you think Brother Michael Lee would be annoyed if I pet his dog Bella?” However, I found comfort in the unknown and peace in solitude.

Not many people know the personal journey I had gone through to get to where I am at now and that is what helps strengthen the interactions I have with each person at DeLaSalle or at an outing with the Christian Brothers. I lived a life of careless interactions and vague relationships before I came to DeLaSalle, and I have learned to disband that attitude and live one of appreciation and love. Each person that I interact with is a gift from God, and each student I tutor in Spanish, geometry, algebra, U.S. government, etc., is a reflection of the struggles Saint John Baptist de La Salle experienced. From his own life, I am strengthened and motivated to wake up and walk to school with every hope of changing the life of one person. I have seen the humanity and mission within the Christian Brothers, and I have been forever grateful for it. It is not just shown at Mass or in the classroom; it’s at the dinner table, walking across Hennepin Avenue bridge and at a DeLaSalle football game. The Christian Brothers’ presence has shown me that there is more to life than my past, there is promise and hope in my future. My community has opened that door for me and has allowed me to share it with all the students I work with on a daily basis.

The St. Thomas More prayer starts off saying “Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.” On the plane ride to Minneapolis, I asked the Lord to grant me internal peace and self-love. The Lord responded by giving me a strong community that would support me through all my ambitions. I’ve found my passion for poetry and passion for education. I accept each day as a blessing and treat each of my students as true Lasallian children. When I was younger, I did not know what God had in store for me past 18. Now at 22, I am sure that God gave my life to a saint to do his work and share the mission of what it truly means to be a Lasallian.

Christian Camacho is a first-year LV serving at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a 2021 graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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