THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
BAPTISM OF THE GENTILES
Today’s reading: Acts 11:1-18
We learn a few things from the account of the explanation
of Peter about the baptism of Cornelius and his household.
the Holy Spirit blows as He wills, so we are not to insist
on our own ways or our own perceptions of how the work of
evangelization should be. When Peter brought Cornelius and
his household to conversion, “the circumcised believers
confronted him, saying, ‘You entered the house of uncircumcised
people and ate with them.’” (v.2-3). It was forbidden
for Jews to associate with Gentiles for they were unclean.
Even Peter resisted at first, when he had a vision of being
told to eat unclean foods (v.6-8). A voice from heaven then
told him, “What God has made clean, you are not to call
can relate this to our situation in this way. For all of 30
years, we have had our evangelization methodology. Go through
a CLP/CLS, then be brought into community. Now God shows us
a new way, intended to respond to the call to the New Evangelization.
We are to do the LCS, and not necessarily bring graduates
into the community. We are to focus on the initial proclamation
of the gospel, and not necessarily on managing the living
out of that gospel (it is the parish that will support them).
this is what God wants, then who are we to call it “profane.”
we need to proclaim the gospel so that the Holy Spirit will
act. “As I began to speak, the holy Spirit fell upon
them” (v.15a). This is the methodology. We proclaim
the gospel, then the Holy Spirit comes upon those who hear
and believe. The process does not have to be elaborate or
lengthy. Yes we do need the RCIA program that lasts for a
year or more. Yes, we do have the CFC-FFL CLS that goes for
9 weeks. But yes, we might have the LCSC LCS that is mounted
on one day. 3,000 people were converted in one day on Pentecost.
The whole household of Cornelius was converted in one sitting.
The important thing is to proclaim the gospel, to be those
workers who will bring in the harvest God has already prepared.
Then, as God has already planned and intended, He takes over
even when we are not yet through speaking or finished with
are those brethren who still resist LCSC, who in effect oppose
the directions given by the Holy Spirit. Peter said, “I
was at prayer in the city of Joppa when in a trance I had
a vision” (v.5a). I want to say to you all, I have been
at prayer about this matter for years, discerning the way
we are to go, given that our evangelization had stalled. I
have consulted with various bishops. Given the call to the
New Evangelization, what the Lord revealed was LCSC. Peter
“explained it to them step by step” (v.4). I have
expounded on the vision for LCSC many times, had a number
of fora, met with leaders, even wrote a pamphlet about CFC-FFL
and LCSC, with extensive Q&A. You know what it is about.
You know how important it is (I hope you do). Now stop hardening
your hearts and get on board!
three men were sent to Peter from Caesarea, he said, “The
Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating.”
(v.12a). After 30 years of CFC/CFC-FFL, which has been my
life and my mission, I have obeyed the Holy Spirit, moving
in the direction given me. I have been open and have not discriminated
against what has been shown to me, as I walked with the Holy
Spirit. “These six brothers also went with me, and we
entered the man’s house.” (v.12b). I pray that
the Spirit will tell you to accompany me on this “new”
journey, without discriminating against LCSC versus CFC-FFL
(there really is no conflict at all), without holding back,
without any more qualms, with no more hardening of hearts.
Let us all enter into the wonderful world and work of LCSC.
us do the massive work of evangelization through LCSC. An
angel directed Cornelius to summon Peter, “who will
speak words to you by which you and all your household will
be saved.” (v.14). God is now directing us to speak
the words by which many more people can appropriate the salvation
already won for them by Jesus. We are to proclaim the gospel
massively. This work is of the utmost importance. It is of
the greatest urgency, as people continue to die in their sins.
intends for us CFC-FFL to do an even more massive evangelization.
The way that can be done is through LCSC (without neglecting
our continuing CFC-FFL strategic evangelization). Peter says,
“If then God gave them the same gift he gave to us when
we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to
be able to hinder God?” (v.17). God gave us a wonderful
gift in CFC/CFC-FFL. God wants to give many others the same
gift of a personal life-giving relationship with the Lord
Jesus Christ. Who are you to hinder what God wants to do?
they heard this, they stopped objecting and glorified God”
(v.18a). After you have read this, my prayer is that you will
stop objecting. Come on board. There is much work to be done.
May we, and all those we will evangelize through LCSC, truly