Heavenly Father, you are the Creator and we are all your children. Make us truly one. Protect us from the division in families, in communities, in the Church and in the world.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Savior who died for us and saved us. Now as your disciples, you send us forth to proclaim the good news of salvation in you throughout the world. May we be worthy witnesses. Show us the way to self-denial, embrace of the cross, and following you. Raise among us true servant leaders who have a passion for souls.
Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization who sends us to engage in spiritual warfare. Equip us with the armor of God and weapons of righteousness. Help us to preserve unity in the Spirit through the bond of peace. May we stand together as your holy warriors.
Triune God, you are three Persons in one God. In you we have one baptism, one faith, one hope. We are one body. Help us to truly become united in mind and heart, in vision and mission, to be one with the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.
Mama Mary, you are our beloved Mother. We are your offspring who strive to keep God's commands, bear witness to Jesus, and wage war in the Spirit against the enemy. Cover us with your mantle of protection, keeping us in your loving embrace always.
We as the people of God live by the Spirit and not by the flesh. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.” (v.24). We are to avoid the works of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.” (v.19-21a).
December 12, 2016 (C-Fam) – With his job still on the line, the newly appointed UN independent expert for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights laid out a provocative agenda for his 3-year term a couple weeks ago. “This mandate will cover every country under the sun and under the moon,” Thai Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn is reported to have said, further antagonizing countries that have already promised not to cooperate with him.
"Lead 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 way?
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 right way?
"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, Wholistic, 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 charism.
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 moves us.
Last updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017