THE SERVANT GENERAL
IT ALL TOGETHER
this third millennium, during these end times, the
3 most important words in understanding the fullness
of our vision and mission are “evangelization,”
“family” and “life.” The 3
are distinct from each other, but at the same time
form one unified strand making up the fullness of
God’s work in and through us.
Evangelization is the proclamation of the good news
of salvation in Jesus to the world. All Christians
should be evangelizers. We in CFC-FFL exist to evangelize.
Evangelizers need to be formed, and this happens in
the family. From the time that a child is born, to
the time when he ventures out into the world, parents
introduce their child to God, by bringing Christ into
the home environment. As effective evangelizers need
to be witnesses, children are formed in the home so
that they grow in Christian virtues. They need to
see in their parents the passion to proclaim Christ.
Finally, as they themselves go into the environments
of the world in order to evangelize, family members
continue to be supported and sustained by a home base
that provides love, comfort and strength.
witness to life that is lived to the full or in abundance.
This does not necessarily relate to material abundance,
but to fullness of grace and blessings that can only
come from a loving and merciful God. Evangelizers
witness to the love of God in Jesus, and they become
effective when they live lives of love, peace, hope
Thus crucial to evangelization are the family and
the culture of life.
The object and subject of our evangelization is the
family. We evangelize the family, and the evangelized
family, together with many others, in turn evangelizes
The family is of crucial importance because it is
the basic unit of society. It is the formation and
training ground for society’s future members.
The strength and vibrancy of families will determine
the strength and vibrancy of the larger society. John
Paul II said that “the future of humanity passes
by way of the family.” Thus, everyone can participate
in the renewal of society simply by living a life
in Christ within the family.
The family is where life happens. Firstly, children
are born of parents, and they all together make up
a family. Secondly, the family is the place of nurture,
where children experience love, caring, sharing, and
the fullness of life as intended by God. Finally,
the family reaches out to the world so that the life
of Christ it is experiencing will be shared by many
Thus the family is all about life and evangelization.
The mission of Jesus is about life. “I came
so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
(Jn 10:10b). For people in the world, Jesus came and
gave his life on the cross in order to win life for
us who are sinners. This is the good news of salvation
in Jesus, that before we were dead in sin, and now
we are alive in Christ. Thus in our mission for life,
the mission of Jesus is not only about spiritual life
but about earthly life in abundance as well. It is
life lived to the full, to its fullest potential,
according to the blessings God has already reserved
for His people.
The enjoyment of God’s blessings begins in the
family. This is where life is nurtured. No matter
what is happening out in the world, the family provides
a haven, a piece of Kingdom ground, a verdant oasis
amidst the barrenness of relationships in the outside
world. In the home, family members learn how to really
live, that is, according to the way of life of Jesus.
But God is not about building spiritual ghettos. So
the family needs to go into the world and do its share
to enable people first of all just to live, and then
secondly to live life to the full. This means fighting
against the culture of death. This means fighting
against poverty and social injustice. This means working
to build a world of solidarity, justice and peace.
life is very much about evangelization and about family.
CFC-FFL is an evangelistic and missionary community.
We exist to evangelize and to do mission. Such is
our call, our work, our privilege and our responsibility.
We are centered on Christ and everything we do is
about Christ. We struggle to build God’s kingdom
on earth, while looking to our eternal reward in heaven.
We proclaim Christ and desire that Jesus be accepted
throughout the world as Savior and Lord. We do our
work in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In our work of evangelization, we focus on renewing
the family and on defending life. This is one inter-woven
work. In the Church there are many other groups, communities
and movements that have been raised by God to do one
or another of these different aspects. There are those
who evangelize but do not directly build up the family
or fight for life. There are those who support marriage
and the family but do not proclaim Christ or fully
uphold the culture of life. There are pro-lifers or
those working to improve the quality of human life
(like helping the poor) but who do not proclaim Christ
or work for family renewal. At times, in a veering
away from God’s intent, such might even collaborate
with those working against the culture of life.
For our part, we as CFC-FFL necessarily are involved
in all three aspects of evangelization, family and
In the world today, the enemy has focused on the essentials
in opposing the work of God. The enemy has targeted
faith and the lordship of Jesus by means of secular
humanism, radical feminism, consumerism, communism,
fascism, New Age, Freemasonry. The enemy has attacked
the family by means of divorce, separation, same-sex
marriage, valueless sex education, pornography, sexual
immorality. The enemy has assaulted life by means
of the culture of death, through abortion, contraception,
sterilization, euthanasia, assisted suicide, poverty,
social injustice, genocide.
We in CFC-FFL have been called to stand up for God
and His work. We evangelize, renew the family, and
defend life. These are at the very heart of God. These
are the very reason for our existence.
February 16, 2009
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