THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION
December 17, 2014
CFC was raised by God to be an evangelistic and missionary
community. In 1989 we decided to embark on rapid and massive
evangelization. In the decade of the 1990s we experienced
massive growth, doubling our membership from year to year
in the mid-1990s. Membership reached its peak at 1.24M in
2001. By early 2007 CFC was already in 160 countries.
All these were just a precursor to even more massive evangelization
that was to come, and has come. In 2011 we launched LCSC,
to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization. Our goal in the
Philippines is to reach 10M Catholics with the gospel by 2021.
That still would just be a fraction of the 70.5M lapsed Catholics
(100M Filipinos x 86% Catholic x 82% not regularly going to
Mass), or the 85M lost sheep (86M Catholics x 99%), just in
the Philippines. By 2021, with parish teams trained, the rest
can be reached in a few years, with massive work also launched
in other countries.
Everything starts with vision. Without vision a people perish.
Without appreciating the vision, God's people cannot adapt
themselves to the work that God intends to do. Vision is about
taking on God's mind, about seeing the landscape with God's
eyes, about having God’s heart for the lost sheep. Vision
is followed by commitment to the vision. Such vision + commitment
necessitate not being afraid, not doubting, not holding back,
not being comfortable, not being contentious, not persisting
in dissent, not being half-hearted. Vision + commitment necessitate
being single-minded, looking at the one enemy (the evil one),
working at unity in community, being self-sacrificial, rejoicing
in the cross.
The necessary foundation has already been laid. In 2013 we
saw what needs to happen to people. They need to BE.LI.EV.E!
All need to meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ. In
2014 we saw what we in turn need to become, the fullness of
our calling. We are saints, martyrs and warriors. These say
it all. Do we see this? Are we committed to this? We need
to become all three if we are to be used powerfully by God
in the New Evangelization. After 3 decades of CFC/CFC-FFL,
in 2011 God reiterated what has been our vision all along,
through the prophet Isaiah. "It is too little, he says,
for you to be my servant, …. I will make you a light
to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of
the earth." (Is 49:6). Such is the expansiveness of God's
But for many in the Church and in community, these are just
nice "sayings." We mouth them, but can it be done?
Can it actually happen? Well, we reached 160 countries, and
it is not that difficult to reach all 193 countries in the
world. But what kind of presence would we have? In most countries
it would just be a handful of members. Reaching all those
countries would then be more for bragging rights than actually
being able to do God's intent. His salvation needs to reach
the ends of the earth! To reach all peoples. How?
This is why God gave us LCSC. That is why God has used us
to give LCSC to the Church. This is the way the massive work
of CFC/CFC-FFL can be replicated many times over. In the process,
God has shown the way for integration between new ecclesial
movements and the institutional Church. God has shown the
way to uniting parish ministries and groups in one work of
proclaiming the gospel and reaching the peripheries. God is
showing the way for groups not to be self-referential, but
to work only for the interest of God and of His Church.
The Holy Spirit inspired the popes to issue the call to the
New Evangelization. Mass apostasy is already underway. The
Catholic Church, nominally 1/6 (all Christians are 1/3) of
the population of the world, continues to lose members day
by day. When do we mount a massive counter attack against
the forces of the enemy? How do we do it? One answer is LCSC.
This is today's call to arms.
Do you see all this?
1. Households should take this up as discussion topic. Q:
Do you grasp the vision?
2. All questions and concerns should be sent to me by email
so I can address them.
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