The Color of Hope & Generation “H”

By Jolleen Wagner, Lasallian Volunteers Director

“…the color of hope
To tempt the future with our hearts.”

logoWhat is the color of hope? For both Young Brother & Young Lasallian Pedro Bravo and RELAN General Councilor Robert Schieler, the color of hope is green. Brother Pedro shared with me that it comes from an expression in Spanish, “El verde es el color de la esperanza.”He said, “For me, I am always thinking green.” Brother Robert said, “Green is the color of life, of nature that gives life and sustains life.” Chatting with Ronald Pollak, Young Lasallian & Lasallian Volunteer, he said white is the color of hope, “I look at it as a blank slate and a chance to start fresh. I always have hope for any new beginning.”

painted-handsPurple, orange, teal, brown, pink…the options go on and on. At morning prayer during the symposium, we aligned this idea of hope having a color with the symposium logo. We placed our hands in plates of various colors of paint and stamped our handprints on strips of fabric that had been placed around the chapel space. Singing the song Color Esperanza,  the words of artist Diego Torres quickly spread throughout the symposium:

“It’s better being able to shine
than just trying to look at the sun

To paint our faces with the color of hope
to tempt the future with our hearts”

In the halls of the Generalate, delegates could be heard humming the tune while walking between sessions and singing the lyrics at socials. Six days later, we members of the ICYL are still listening to it during our coffee breaks. Through these physical and musical expressions, the symposium theme of “Building Hope Together” seemed to take root in the very existence of each delegate.

“I know that windows can be opened
to change the atmosphere depends on you
it’ll help you, it’s worth it once more

It’s better being able to shine
than just trying to look at the sun

To paint our faces with the color of hope
to tempt the future with our hearts”

This awareness, this emotion if you will, of hope permeating the symposium, further enhanced the challenge we had heard earlier from Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría during his address. Brother Álvaro said, “Young Lasallians, more than being generation X, Y, or Z should be generation H – for hope – with the conviction born of faith…” He went on to call upon us to always be “Looking, daring, dreaming.” Suggesting that as Generation H, we could have “A way of being in history, of making your way in life, of creating, of looking at the real situation of children, of young people, with tenderness, confidence, hope.” He encouraged us to consider “Risking [ourselves] in an educational process, dreaming of a different world by putting all these little ones centre-stage.” With cups overflowing, Generation H has begun traveling outward from the symposium and the backdrop of the Generalate with the color of hope painted on our faces as we contemplate Brother Álvaro’s directive: “Whatever the situation it is possible to look around, to propose solutions, to plan shared dreams and put them into practice.” 

We-are-LasallianThe 3rd International Symposium of Young Lasallians has concluded and I offer here that its impact is just beginning. Generation H, empowered as Lasallians, has “left the building” and is returning to our schools and works with renewed zeal and a deepened commitment to the Lasallian Educational Mission.

The colour of hope

I know what’s in your eyes with just looking at you
(I know) you’re tired of walking and walking
and walking, always in circles in the same place

I know that windows can be opened
to change the atmosphere depends on you
it’ll help you, it’s worth it once more

To know it’s possible, to want it to happen
to get rid of our fears, to expel them
to paint our faces with the colour of hope
to tempt the future with our hearts

It’s better to get lost than never having boarded
better to fall in temptation than giving up trying
even though you see it’s not that easy to start
I know that impossible can be achieved
that sadness will go one day
and it’ll be like that, life will change and change

You’ll feel your soul flying
for singing one more time

To know it’s possible, to want it to happen
to get rid of our fears, to expel them
to paint our faces with the colour of hope
to tempt the future with our hearts

To know it’s possible, to want it to happen
to get rid of our fears, to expel them
to paint our faces with the colour of hope
to tempt the future with our hearts

It’s better being able to shine
than just trying to look at the sun

To paint our faces with the colour of hope
to tempt the future with our hearts

To know it’s possible
to want it to happen
to paint our faces with the colour of hope
to tempt the future with our
hearts

Color Esperanza

Se que hay en tus ojos con solo mirar
que estas cansado de andar y de andar
y caminar, girando siempre en un lugar

Se que las ventanas se pueden abrir
cambiar el aire depende de ti
te ayudará, vale la pena una vez mas

Saber que se puede, querer que se pueda
Quitarse los miedos, sacarlos afuera
pintarse la cara color esperanza
tentar al futuro con el corazón

Es mejor perderse que nunca embarcar
mejor tentarse a dejar de intentar
aunque ya ves que no es tan facil empezar
Se que lo imposible se puede lograr
que la tristeza algun día se irá
y asi será, la vida cambia y cambiará

Sentirás que el alma vuela
por cantar una vez mas

Saber que se puede querer que se pueda
quitarse los miedos, sacarlos afuera
pintarse la cara color esperanza
tentar al futuro con el corazón

Saber que se puede querer que se pueda
quitarse los miedos, sacarlos afuera
pintarse la cara color esperanza
tentar al futuro con el corazón

Vale más poder brillar
que solo buscar ver el sol

Pintarse la cara color esperanza
tentar al futuro con el corazón

Saber que se puede…
Querer que se pueda…
Pintarse la cara color esperanza
tentar al futuro con el co
razón

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One thought on “The Color of Hope & Generation “H”

  1. Congratulations, Jolleen, and all of the delegates, for a very successful International Symposium of Young Lasallians. I think I speak for many when I say how proud we are of your love, witness, and invitation to the Lasallian Educational Mission. Safe journeys home to you all.

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