THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 3
have been called to the New Evangelization. But what we
see in most parishes today are the same old programs and
ministries. These of course are still very much needed.
However, in doing these through the past decades, we have
seen the steady and continued erosion of faith and the falling
away of many Catholics. How do we reverse this? Do we then
still just do these old programs? Einstein said that doing
the same things over and over again but expecting a different
result is insanity.
is why, for us in CFC-FFL, the New Evangelization takes
shape in LCSC. We need to see what the Holy Spirit is doing,
and we need to expand our vision of how God can bring about
the New Evangelization.
The Church already has many groups and movements, so
why is there need for another one (LCSC)? The Holy
Spirit cannot be put in a box, for He blows as He wills.
When renewal and revival are forthcoming, the activity of
the Spirit will intensify. There is much work to be done,
and a rich harvest to be had, and the more effective movements
there are, the better. In LCSC the Holy Spirit also wants
to redefine what “massive” work means.
are already doing evangelization. Yes, but it is hardly
enough. Your chapter brings in a handful of new people a
year, but how about the thousands in your parish territory
that still need to be reached? Thinking more broadly, how
can the Church reach the 1.19 billion Catholics (99% of
1.2B) who are lapsed or nominal? LCSC through the parishes
is one way to go.
evangelization will negatively affect CFC-FFL evangelization,
because we invite the same people. Not at all. Just
look around you, outside of the parish setting, and see
how many people you are able to interact with. Besides,
God will allow you to reach strategic prospects that are
suitable for covenant community, while LCSC focuses on the
parish is already very busy. That is part of the problem.
We are doing so many things, but not necessarily the things
that really matter. What could be more important than bringing
Catholics back to God and back to the Church? Our Church
is not just for maintenance but for mission.
parish workers have their own programs and ministries.
Rightly so. These provide the banquet available to the faithful.
But the majority of Catholics are not there to partake of
the feast. So get the parish workers to see that the LCSC
LCS is the missing first step, the way to bring in those
Catholics, and that it does not compete with their respective
ministries. LCSC can actually be the thread that binds the
parish in its overall evangelistic work.
have to prioritize my family. Never neglect your family.
But know that your family is very much under threat by the
forces that are assaulting the family. If the situation
continues as it is, your children will live in an environment
even more challenging than it is now. You have control over
your family situation, but you do not have control over
the society in which your family lives. But you can do something
about this. You can evangelize those in the world.
am tied down at the workplace. Praise God for your
secular work. But don’t forget to give back to God
as He has given to you. Besides, your workplace is a good
place to evangelize. You can even talk with the authorities
to allow an LCS.
Whatever our reluctance or reservation, such can be overcome
as we expand our vision. God thinks in terms of eternity,
and God sees in terms of an expanding universe. You are
a child of God. Don’t be hemmed in by narrow and selfish
perspectives. Open up your mind and your heart, and let
the Holy Spirit stretch that horizon for you.