FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2019
(Part 24)

COMPASSION, DISCIPLINE AND HOLINESS


February 6, 2019

Today’s readings:
Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15
Psalm 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18
Mark 6:1-6


The family home is a place of love, nurture and formation. Parents are the first formators. The home is a small church. The formation of children in the home is crucial to a fruitful Christian life.

But many parents are not aware or are neglectful of their task. Many do not see the family as the first line in the formation of the people of God. Many parents simply entrust the education and formation of children to others, especially to schools. Many cannot grasp that children can be well educated in the home by ordinary parents. When Jesus began to teach in the synagogue, people said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? …. Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary ….” (Mk 6:2-3).

Parents indeed have a crucial responsibility for the formation of their children. They love, care for and nurture them. Indeed, “a father has compassion on his children” (Ps 103:13a). This means empathy, care, concern, solicitude, warmth, love, gentleness, kindness, mercy. Together with compassion comes discipline, which is crucial for the proper raising of children. “For what ‘son’ is there whom his father does not discipline?” (Heb 12:7b). In fact, who can best give both compassion and discipline to children than their own parents? Teachers in school certainly can only give a limited bit of that.

Now we ourselves as parents are children of God. In the family of God, the treatment of children is the same. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” (Ps 103:13). “For whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges. Endure your trials as ‘discipline’; God treats you as sons.” (Heb 12:6-7a).

In treating our own children in the same way God treats us, we are mindful of the reality that our children are God’s children, simply entrusted to us as earthly parents. We are to form them according to God’s mind and heart. And what is the purpose of compassion and discipline? It is to bring “the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” (Heb 12:11b). It is so that as children of God, “we may share his holiness.” (Heb 12:10b).

The home is the place where we experience the grace of God and the love that keeps any form of bitterness away. “See to it that no one be deprived of the grace of God, that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble, through which many may become defiled.” (Heb 12:15). The home is the place where we recognize and live peace, being in right relationships with others, beginning with our own relatives. “Strive for peace with everyone” (Heb 12:14a). The home is the place where we are to start to grow in holiness. All this is to prepare us for heaven, by attaining to“that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Heb 12:14b).

But between childhood in the human home and life eternal with the family of God in heaven, there is mission. The family and home are preparation for doing the work of God in the world. This basic work is that of proclaiming the salvation of Jesus. Such work is for us, for our children, and for our descendants. We are to live out God’s covenant, and we are to go forth and do His work. This is the way we help bring God’s blessing upon ourselves and upon the world. “His salvation is for the children’s children of those who keep his covenant, and remember to carry out his precepts.” (Ps 103:17b-18).

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What's Happening?


LBS Facilitators Training

August 17-18, 2019
9:00 AM
Mohawk College Residences
245 Fennell Ave., West
Hamilton, ON


B2B Covenant Recollection 2

Sep 21, 2019
9:00 AM
Prince of Peace Parish Hall
265 Alton Towers Cir
Scarborough, ON


MER 1 & 2

Oct 19-20, 2019
9:00 AM
Monte Carlo Inn & SuitesĀ 
45 Coventry RoadĀ 
Brampton, ON


WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO

Through all of our 29 years, we have spoken much of our vision and mission, who we are, what we are called to do. We know that we are an evangelistic and missionary community. This has been true from the very beginning and has never changed. We do our work within the context of family renewal. That is one distinct factor that distinguishes us from other renewal movements.
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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is the greatest gift God gives to His people. The Eucharist is our path to holiness and Christian perfection. The Eucharist is crucial to our work of the New Evangelization. We must have greater understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist, so that we can go forth and truly be effective witnesses to salvation in Jesus.

Servant leadership is crucial to our work of building up community and of doing a massive work of evangelization. Unfortunately, many who are leaders in our Church today may not have the heart of a servant. But Jesus, our Lord and Master, came not to be served but to serve. He is our main model.



CBCP Gives Recognition to CFC- FFL

The Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the  Philippines (CBCP) has given formal recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL) as a National Private Association of the Lay Faithful. 

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CFC FFL Gets Ecclesiastical Recognition

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has given Ecclesiastical Recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life on November 17, 2009.  Click on the image below to view the Ecclesiastical Recognition document.


CFC-FFL Servant General Re-Appointed to the Pontifical Council of Family

After having been re-appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Padillas admitted that they are facing truckload of works to do with the Council given the numerous attacks being directed against the Church's doctrines on family and life. 

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