OPEN LETTER TO CFC-FFL WORLDWIDE
FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
dear brethren in Christ,
be with you all. It has been one year since the split in CFC.
The pain still lingers. The challenges still are formidable.
But we have been given a second chance. God has raised a remnant.
We need to see God’s hand in order to respond properly.
the beginning, God’s plan for CFC was to focus on family
life and evangelization. This was, and is, our charism. The
family has been under severe attack, and the darkness of evil
has spread throughout the whole world. God raised CFC in 1981
to defend the family and to proclaim the good news of salvation
in Jesus to the whole world.
first crisis was in 1993, when CFC separated from its parent
community. This was because its parent basically opposed the
growingly clear call to CFC to do rapid, massive and global
evangelization. With the split, CFC grew rapidly and touched
the lives of very many people of many different nationalities
in many countries. The 1990s were golden years for the evangelistic
work of CFC.
next crisis was last year in 2007. CFC in the last few years
had been veering away from its authentic call. There came
a greater focus on the social dimension of our work, at the
expense of proclaiming Christ and evangelization. There was
even opposition to the Church, manifested in violation of
Catholic values, disrespect and disobedience to bishops, and
later even outright attacks on the hierarchy.
the start of 2007 the Lord brought us to Lamentations in order
to set us aright. But there were those who saw no need to
lament, and those who quickly wanted to get over with Lamentations
and back to business as usual. We did not learn the intended
lessons. The bishops had earlier on warned about impending
crisis. They were not heeded. Even our efforts at restoration
from within were not heeded. The crisis intensified, ultimately
resulting in a split in CFC.
the Lord once again was at work. Last year we prayed, “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). God heard our
prayers. God raised a remnant. God restored us to the authentic
charism and call for CFC. And God once again intends to use
us for His own purposes, to proclaim Christ to the world.
“At that time I will bring you home, and at that time
I will gather you; for I will give you renown and praise,
among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring about your
restoration before your very eyes, says the Lord.” (Zep
we must be mindful that the enemy continues to seek to destroy
God’s authentic work. God has His plan, and the enemy
opposes it. Thus we are into deep spiritual warfare.
Paul reminds us that our struggle is not against flesh and
blood but against principalities and powers, then we need
to put on the armor of God. Crucial are truth and righteousness
(Eph 6:14). We must always speak the truth, and it is the
truth that sets people free. But we speak the truth in a loving
way, not judgmental, not maligning, not attacking, not slandering.
We bear insults and oppression without retaliation. We pray
for those who malign and oppose us.
all these, we simply continue on with our evangelistic work.
We proclaim the gospel of peace (Eph 6:15). We move on, as
much time and energy are being wasted because of the crisis.
we are back on track, we can look to the restoration of God’s
anointing, for after all this is His work, and we are merely
His unworthy instruments. To allow Him to use us according
to His purposes, we need to live our covenant. That means
growing in holiness, and giving of ourselves in selfless service.
And let us always look to our Core Values as our guideposts,
so that we will never again veer away.
know many still feel the pain of separation, and continue
to have the hope for healing and reconciliation. We have done
our part, by treating our separated brethren with love and
still as brethren. We also have our standing proposal of having
one big CFC family but with two distinct branches. These can
pave the way to eventual reconciliation and unity.
we must no longer be distracted from our mission. There is
much to be done. Let us therefore keep ourselves focused on
Christ, and proclaim Him to the world with a passion.
continue to pray for the intercession of our Blessed Mother.
our Lord bless and protect you all, and fill your hearts always
with peace and joy.
brother in Christ,
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Open Letter to CFC Worldwide - July 30, 2008