THE SERVANT GENERAL
A TIME OF TRANSITION
DEVOTION TO MARY
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Patroness of the Americas,
Protectress of the Unborn,
Star of the New Evangelization
Missionary Families of Christ is consecrated to Mama Mary,
under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary (a.k.a. Our Lady
of Victory). This is especially important since we are an
evangelistic and missionary community engaged in intense spiritual
warfare. As holy warriors, we look to Mary for inspiration,
guidance and protection.
as MFC look to Mary not just because she is the Mother of
God (Lk 1:31-33), not just because she is full of grace and
holy (Lk 1:28), not just because she is the most effective
intercessor with her Son Jesus, not just because she is the
model of humility and total obedience to God (Lk 1:38), but
because she is a warrior, fully engaged in the spiritual war
raging in the heavens and on earth. We go forth to battle
as the Army of Mary.
is prefigured in Judith, who delivered Israel from Assyria,
by beheading Holofernes, the ranking general of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Uzziah said to her, “Blessed are you, daughter, by the
Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be
the Lord God, the creator of heaven and earth, who guided
your blow at the head of the leader of our enemies.”
(Jdt 13:18). Indeed, Mary, who with Jesus crushed the head
of the serpent and who is acclaimed as blessed among women,
is a warrior.
our work, we proclaim Christ and the salvation he won for
us on the cross. Jesus is the Redeemer. And Mary is his Co-Redemptrix.
Thus we as MFC venerate Mary. But we also look to how Mary
helps us in our mission, in the war we are engaged in. And
so we look to a most effective weapon she has provided, and
that is the rosary. Pope Pius IX has said, “Give me
an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
holy warriors in MFC, we wield weapons of righteousness. Let
us then take hold of this weapon from Our Lady, and pray the
As individuals daily.
As couples or as families weekly.
At the start of our regular household meetings (the hosts
At the start of major activities and events.
When we pray the rosary individually and as a family, knowing
that Mary as Queen Mother to Christ the King is our most effective
intercessor, let us bring specific points of intercession
before each mystery.
mystery – personal intentions.
2ndnd mystery – family intentions.
3rdmystery – MFC intentions.
4th mystery – Church intentions.
5th mystery – Intentions for the world.
We also need to learn more about Mary. We do not see too much
of her nor hear a lot of words from her in the Bible, but
she is there in the history of salvation, from start to finish.
In this regard, please read the books we have on Mary.
Army of Mary
Forty Days with Mary
Forty More Days with Mary
Mary and the CFC-FFL (MFC) Core Values
in the Work of Evangelization and Family Renewal
We as MFC are “of Christ.” What human is closest
to Jesus than his own mother? What human was there when Jesus
was conceived, when Jesus grew up in the home, when Jesus
fulfilled his public ministry, when Jesus suffered and died
on the cross, and when the Spirit of Jesus was poured out
on his disciples? Only Mary.
as MFC are “Families.” Jesus the Savior came by
way of a family, as Mary gave her yes to God. Mary raised
Jesus in the ways of God at home. And Mary was entrusted by
Jesus to John, so that she has become our Mother. Like John,
we as Jesus’ disciples need to take Mary into our homes.
as MFC are “Missionary.” Mary with her Son Jesus
crushed the head of the serpent. But the dragon, angry with
Mary, wages war against her offspring, those who are holy
warriors. We need to be under her mantle of protection. We
need to go forth under her banner. We are part of the victorious
Army of Mary.
This Christmas we once again celebrate the coming of Jesus
into the world. “Sing and rejoice, daughter Zion! Now,
I am coming to dwell in your midst” (Zec 2:14). But
we also look forward to his second coming. In the meantime,
we do our work, and help bring many more souls into his Kingdom.
This work is to the ends of the earth, making disciples of
all nations. “Many nations will bind themselves to the
Lord on that day. They will be my people, and I will dwell
in your midst.” (Zec 2:15a).
Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is also Patroness of the Philippines,
as well as other countries.