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.
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.
Since the crisis of 2007, God has raised a remnant, faithful to its authentic charism. Now we are known as Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL). Our basic charism and mission has not changed, but has been refined. Now, as an evangelistic and missionary community, we are tasked with renewing the family and defending life. This actually is the crucial task of the Church in this third millennium.
As CFC-FFL, aside from our vision and mission statements, our statement of philosophy, our covenant, we also have our Core Values. These Core Values are: (1) Centered on Christ, (2) Evangelistic and missionary, (3) Focused on the Family, (4) Being Community, (5) Living a Preferential Option for the Poor, (6) Exercising servant Leadership, and (7) Being a Servant to the Church. All these are our guideposts in ensuring that we move forward according to God’s plan for us.
Now, in the challenging work of this third millennium, I want to use the initials “CFC-FFL” to summarize who we are and what we are called to do.
First, what we are called to do. What is our mission? What we are called to do can be summed up by three letters: F, F and L. These stand for faith, family and life.
Our work of evangelization is about a renewal of faith. It is first and foremost re-evangelization, where we bring nominal or lapsed Catholics to a renewal of their faith, through transformation in Christ and empowerment by the Holy Spirit. This is the foremost challenge, as many Christians today are no longer truly Christian, even for those who still go through the motions of Christian activities. Catholics need to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. They need to be true disciples of Jesus. They must be walking along the path of holiness and righteousness.
Then we evangelize within the context of the renewal of the family. The family is the basic unit of society, and what happens within the family is what determines the kind of people who live their lives in society. If a home is dysfunctional, then parents and children also bring that dysfunction into society. If however a home is truly a place of Kingdom ground, then the Church is able to produce the saints that she needs in order to become light and leaven. In this work of renewing the family, we provide strong support environments for every member of the family--the kids, the youth, the singles, the couples, the handmaids and the servants.
Finally, we are called to defend life. The fight of this third millennium is all about the culture of death, which the anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist forces are imposing on society and the world. This is the final assault of the evil one, who wages all-out war on the Author of life. We have been thrust into this savage conflict, and we are to give our all in defending and promoting the culture of life.
What then are we called to do? What then is our mission? It is to defend, preserve, strengthen, renew and celebrate faith, family and life.
Now that is quite a task. For us to become the effective instruments that God intends us to be, we need to become a particular kind of Catholic. We need to be formed according to God’s will and plan. We need to be clear about our identity, about who we truly are.
I would then sum this up in three letters: C, F and C.
The first “C” is being “Centered on Christ.” This is the most basic posture. We live for Christ, and we die for Christ. We serve Christ. We obey the final commission of Jesus, to go into the whole world and proclaim the good news of salvation in him. We strive to become true disciples. We strive to grow in holiness, to be another Christ. We are his witnesses, to the ends of the earth.
The “F” stands for “Faithful to covenant.” Aside from our covenant with God as Catholics, we have a particular covenant as CFC-FFL. This describes our way of life, so that we can truly become the people that God wants us to become, so He can use us according to His eternal plan. We understand the importance of our life as a community, and we commit to live out our lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, as co-workers in the Kingdom, as comrades-in-arms in the battle that is at hand. Our community life is our priority. Our covenant is our solemn commitment to God.
The second “C” refers to “Carrying the cross.” The cross is at the core of our work. It is an integral component of the call to discipleship. It is the gospel that we proclaim. We realize that responding to God’s call to us will involve us in hardships, oppression, persecution, suffering and pain. This is the very path of Jesus. As such, we know that such suffering is redemptive. And so we rejoice in the cross of Jesus Christ. The cross is what strengthens our commitment, as it purifies us, humbles us, and keeps us depended on Christ and focused on the mission at hand.
Who are we and what are we called to do? The initials of our very name say it all.
C -- Centered on Christ
F -- Faithful to covenant
C -- Carrying the cross
Working to celebrate:
F -- Faith
F -- Family
L -- Life
May our Lord bless us and empower us, as we respond to His call, and give of ourselves totally for His greater honor and glory.
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May 12 - 13, 2017
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Last updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017