THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR MISSION OF FAMILY LIFE RENEWAL
December 27, 2009
Feast of the Holy Family
particular call, charism and mission in CFC-FFL is family
life renewal. Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy
Family. As we end the calendar year, we go back to and are
mindful of our roots, the very foundation for our life and
John Paul II says that the future of humanity passes by way
of the family. The family is crucial to the well-being of
peoples, societies and the world. If we have good family lives,
family members will become blessings to the world. Conversely,
if families are dysfunctional, they bring that dysfunction
in their lives to the world. This is the reason why the evil
one has focused tremendously on trying to destroy the family.
If he succeeds, then he destroys the world and all of God’s
So far, unfortunately, the evil one is succeeding. What do
we see in the world today, that is so contrary to what God
Wives are in rebellion over the headship of their husbands.
Many have abandoned their roles as mothers and the heart
of the home.
do not love their wives in the way that Christ loves the
Church. There is marital infidelity, divorce, separation.
do not honor, obey and respect their parents. There is rebellion
against parental authority.
do not adequately care for their children. Some have abandoned
their families. Some abuse their own children.
to all the above, this is what God through the Bible teaches
The husband is the head of the family and the wife, as his
helpmate, is to be subordinate to him (Col 3:18).
are to love their wives (Col 3:19), as Christ loves the
Children are to obey their parents in everything (Col 3:20).
especially the father as head of the family, are to care
for their children, moving them forward in their life in
the Lord with guidance and encouragement (Col 3:21).
According to God’s plan for the life of the world, He
intended the home and family to be the environments where
His disciples would be formed, in preparation for their life
in the world. The parents are crucial, in that they stand
in the place of God in forming those who are God’s children,
entrusted to their care. The role of the couple is crucial,
as “a father’s blessing gives a family firm roots,
but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant.”
(Sir 3:9). Therefore “the Lord sets a father in honor
over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms
over her sons.” (Sir 3:2).
such, children are expected to relate to their parents in
specific ways. If they are to fear the Lord, they should honor,
be subordinate to and serve their parents (Sir 3:7). As they
do so, God’s blessings will come upon them (Sir 3:8),
and their actions will have practical consequences on their
A child “honors his father” and thus “atones
for sins” (Sir 3:3), is “gladdened by children”
(Sir 3:5a), and his prayers are heard (Sir 3:5b).
child “reveres his mother” and thus “stores
up riches” (Sir 3:4).
child “reveres his father” and thus “will
live a long life” (Sir 3:6a).
child “brings comfort to his mother” and in
effect “obeys the Lord” (Sir 3:6b).
The family and the home are crucial to a life of abundance
in the world. At the core of such family life is reverential
fear of God and obedience to His commandments. “Happy
are all who fear the Lord, who walk in the ways of God.”
(Ps 128:1). Those who fear the Lord will be blessed (Ps 128:4).
are those blessings?
A life-giving spouse. “Like a fruitful vine your wife
within your home” (Ps 128:3a).
children. “Like olive plants your children around
your table.” (Ps 128:3b).
labor. “What your hands provide you will enjoy”
and prosperity. “you will be happy and prosper”
throughout a long joyful life and through the generations.
“May the Lord bless you from Zion, all the days of
your life that you may share Jerusalem’s joy and live
to see your children’s children.” (Ps 128:5-6a).
Our model for family life is of course the Holy Family of
Nazareth -- Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
whole family was faithful to the law and to the spiritual
life (Lk 2:41-42).
was obedient to his parents (Lk 2:51).
and Mary provided a wonderful home environment where Jesus
“advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and
man.” (Lk 2:52).
With such upbringing and such vibrant family life, we are
able to do our mission in the world, living our lives under
God and going about the Father’s business. Just like
Jesus. “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s
house?” (Lk 2:49b).
life and mission, our work of serving God in the world, are
our duty to God and our priority in the Kingdom. Our effectiveness
in living out our calling is very much dependent on our upbringing
and life in the family and home.
and home are not to be prioritized over service to God, or
vice versa. On the contrary, we serve God by strengthening
our families, and using our families to serve Him in turn.
 CFC-FFL’s most basic mission is evangelization. We
are an evangelistic and missionary community. However, the Catholic
Church of which we are an integral part has evangelization as
her basic mission. Thus we look on that as a given.
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