The Christian Life Education Program begins with the formal study of the first part of the Bible,
the Old Testament. Through the exploration of the Salvation History of the chosen people in the Old
Testament, the students are led to recognize the steadfast presence of God in the lives of His people.
The first year program aims to develop among our students the constant acknowledgment of God's
accompanying presence, not only in the past, but most in their everyday lives.
Slowly, and in the gradual manner, the students will then be encouraged to a broader understanding
of who God is. This is done through the discussion of the fulfillment of the promise of salvation
in the very person and life of Jesus Christ found in the gospel narrative in the New Testament.
Here, the focus is on the deepening of the personal relationship of the students with Christ,
the incarnated love of God the Father. The Beatitudes and the gospel teaching of Jesus' ministry
are highlighted, so as to convey to the students the adamant call to imitate Jesus, the model of
unconditional love, faithfulness, compassion and humble service to mankind, especially to the needy.
Eventually, the life of Jesus and His concrete example of an authentic Christian living are further
enlivened in the discussion of morality issues evident in the real life situation of the Christian
community, and the society in general. The CLE Program wraps up the Christian teachings of the first
to third year levels with the challenge of Social transformation through adherence to the various
official Social teaching of the Catholic Church in the fourth year level. The students will now be
strongly influence to address real-life problems and dilemmas with the use of Christian norms and
morality as modeled by Christ and his disciples.
Thus, at the end of the four-year CLE program, we envisioned a Christ centered Ateneo graduate who
reflects the Jesuit charism of being men and women for others, who will actively serve as catalysts
for authentic social transformation and will live life with a Christian perspective. The CLE Curriculum
hopes to imbibe to our students the Christian as inspired by Jesus teachings, empowered by the Holy Spirit,
and sustained by the Father's love and providence.