us back to you, O Lord, that we may be restored” (Lam 5:21a)
We are at the
crossroads in our life and mission as CFC. There is intense conflict
and disunity, even among the top leadership. CFC has been put in
disfavor with our bishops as a result of the lack of submission of top
elders. The place of GK as a pillar of CFC is being eroded and we are
sliding to the social apart from the spiritual.
Have we lost our
We indeed have been
guilty of infidelities to our covenant, even as God continued to use
us in the power of His Spirit in our first 25 years. But in His love
for us, God brought us to Lamentations this year, as His way of
opening our minds to the dangers of continuing to slip away from our
call. Now there is conflict and disunity. But even this is part of
God’s plan to purify us.
How do we find the
“Lead us back to
you, O Lord, that we may be restored: give us anew such days as we had
of old.” (Lam 5:21). The key to restoration is to go back to our
original charism. Going back is the way to go forward.
In 1993, we had 3
key words to describe ourselves and our mission: Global,
CFC is an
evangelistic and missionary community, serving the universal
CFC is a family
life renewal movement, with womb-to-tomb support environments.
CFC is an
integral part of the life and mission of the Roman Catholic
We are Families
in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth.
We will still do
work with the poor, which is part of the mission of Jesus, but our
work with the poor will not be our primary focus. The work for justice
and for life will be given equal importance. And none of these
services should be allowed to negatively impact on our basic mission
of evangelization and family life renewal.
Lamentations is a
time of purification, leading to greater empowerment for the work
ahead. Lamentations is about restoration. It is about fully living out
our covenant, and living out our call according to our original
We all need to take
responsibility for the life and mission of CFC. Together, in this
movement for restoration, let us all discern and follow where God