THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE NEW AND THE OLD
Today’s gospel: Mark 2:18-22
We are called to the New Evangelization, but that does not
diminish the importance of what is old. In fact, evangelization
can never be new in the sense that it is the same Jesus and
the same gospel that are proclaimed. But processes, methodologies,
approaches, etc., can be new, creative and refreshing.
we have the old cloak and the old wineskin. At the same time
we have the piece of unshrunken cloth and the new wine. How
do these metaphors speak of the New Evangelization and our
old is how we have always done evangelization in CFC-FFL.
With our CLS, with our life and mission parallel to that of
the Church, with our holistic work of bringing people to fullness
of life in Christ through community. The new is LCSC, with
its LCS, its integration into the life and mission of the
Church, its synergistic relationship with parishes where fullness
of life in Christ will happen. The new builds on the old,
and the old supports the new.
the two are not one. The distinction between the two needs
to be maintained. LCSC remains as a separate and distinct
movement, even as CFC-FFL has given its “full embrace”
to LCSC. There is synergy but distinction. CFC-FFL embraces
LCSC but does not absorb it. On this rests the effectiveness
of the LCSC movement, according to God’s plan.
are pitfalls that would come from insisting on fully integrating
one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he
does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the
tear gets worse.” (v.21). CFC-FFL, as a covenant community,
focuses on formation, on helping members to fully live Christ.
LCSC, as a movement, focuses on proclamation of the gospel,
on helping lapsed Catholics meet Christ. While both CFC-FFL
and LCSC have elements of both, the basic focus is different.
As such, fully integrating the two can result in tension,
confusion and conflict. The tear can get worse.
no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine
will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are
ruined.” (v.22a). CFC-FFL needs to provide intensive
formation, raise leaders, be deeply involved in the lives
of its members. A CFC-FFL chapter cannot just do a lot of
CLSs (even assuming it could get adequate numbers of participants)
because it needs to attend to and absorb new members. LCSC
on the other hand focuses on the LCS, on rapid and massive
evangelization, not needing to raise leaders to care for LCS
graduates, not needing to attend to ongoing problems of people,
since these are absorbed by the parishes. If CFC-FFL and LCSC
were one, a massive influx into CFC-FFL of new people who
have gone through the LCS would immensely burden CFC-FFL,
even threatening its very life, peace and good order. If the
intensive formation of CFC-FFL were to be an integral part
of LCSC, this would adversely affect its rapid and massive
evangelization. In both cases, both the new wine and the old
skins can be ruined.
new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.” (v.22b). The
New Evangelization is manifested in the new movement of the
Spirit that is LCSC.