THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
dear brethren in Christ,
restoration started last year, and from the crisis
in CFC has emerged God’s remnant, true to
its authentic charism. From last year, to this year,
to next year, the Lord has been guiding us. One
major aspect of such guidance are our themes for
the different years. 2007 was the time of lamentations
but also hope brought about by our restoration.
2008 is our time of joy, as we rebuild and move
forward under God’s renewed anointing. For
2009 we have taken the theme of trust, as we continue
to place ourselves in the hands of the Lord who
called us from 1981 and intends to use us for His
purposes until He returns once again.
addition, for next year we are looking to the Divine
Mercy. Indeed, our work of evangelization is all
about God’s mercy. These times are increasingly
evil and dark, especially in the continued vicious
assaults on marriage, family and life. The enemy
is intent on destroying God’s work and thwarting
God’s plan. Many souls are being lost. But
God’s mercy is boundless. In the cross of
Christ and in His blood shed for us is salvation.
But this good news needs to be proclaimed. We have
been called to stand up and defend God’s plan.
Thus our mission is clear—we are to evangelize,
and we are to renew the family and defend life.
consistency of the Lord’s call, since 1981
and now in the restored CFC-FFL, is evident in a
scripture passage from Sirach.
who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy, turn not
away lest you fall. You who fear the Lord, trust
him, and your reward will not be lost. You who fear
the Lord, hope for good things, for lasting joy
and mercy.” (Sir 2:7-9)
you notice all the elements of our themes through
these three years? Hope. Joy. Trust. Mercy. Put
another way, mercy is the start, and mercy is the
end. Divine mercy, which translates to God’s
love, is the foundation for our work. In between,
as our responses, are what we look to (hope, joy,
trust) as we go about being instruments of God’s
what is the common denominator in this passage?
It is addressed to “you who fear the Lord.”
What is fear of the Lord?
of the Lord
fear of the Lord is about His awesome majesty. It
is a creature being in awe of his Creator. The problem
in the world today is that man has replaced God
as the center of life. Indeed, man has become god.
Man looks to his own strength and ability, no longer
cognizant of the God who is the source of all good
things. Even for some Christians who do good works,
Christ has been displaced from the center. In all
these, man has rejected his Maker, and has rejected
the worship due to his God. Man has now worshiped
himself and the work of his hands.
be in awe of God, to fear God, is to realize who
we are and who God is. We are weak and sinful, while
God is perfect and all-powerful. Our lives and our
well-being are all totally dependent upon Him. And
so we need to give Him the worship that is His due,
and we need to turn our lives over to Him.
fear of the Lord is about obeying Him and living
according to His ways. God has the power of life
and death over us. But He gives His people the choice—life
or death, the blessing or the curse (Dt 30:19).
There will be bountiful blessings for obedience,
but disastrous curses for disobedience (Dt 28).
As Jesus says, “Be afraid of the one who after
killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes,
I tell you, be afraid of that one.” (Lk 12:5).
Right now, many are endangering their souls by their
disobedience and rebellion.
and obeying God is also about what we do for God,
according to His calling. We are His servants, called
and privileged to do His very work. But we need
to respond accordingly. Otherwise there will be
consequences. “That servant who knew his master’s
will but did not make preparations nor act in accord
with his will shall be beaten severely” (Lk
is especially true for us in CFC, and even more
so for us now in CFC-FFL. God has blessed us. God
has given us the privilege of becoming His co-workers.
God has entrusted to us (and to other Christians)
the task of proclaiming His salvation to the ends
of the earth. God has shown us clearly our mission.
And God has made Himself dependent upon us (and
others that He calls) to accomplish His will with
regard to family and life. We need to be awed at
such a privilege! But with the privilege comes the
responsibility. “Much will be required of
the person entrusted with much, and still more will
be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
awesome task ahead
forces of the enemy are focused on destroying marriage,
the family and life. We are called to the ministry
of family and life. The battle is joined. The forces
have taken their positions. Are we ready? Do we
know what we are in for?
warns some would-be followers. Jesus tells one that
he has nowhere to rest his head (Lk 9:57-58), that
one will need to leave the comforts of home and
the conveniences of life. Jesus tells another to
leave family behind (Lk 9:59-62), that the first
priority should be him and his mission. And of course,
Jesus says to all, “If anyone wishes to come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross
daily and follow me.” (Lk 9:23). Jesus’
mission is so important that we need to give him
Jesus, the son of Eleazar, son of Sirach, also forewarns
son, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself
for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed
in time of adversity. Cling to him, forsake him
not; thus will your future be great. Accept whatever
befalls you, in crushing misfortune be patient;
for in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the
crucible of humiliation. Trust God and he will help
you; make straight your ways and hope in him.”
Lord allowed us to be tested during the crisis in
CFC. The Lord allowed us to suffer adversity, even
in the hands of our own brethren. The Lord humbled
us. We have weathered that storm, and have learned
the lessons of Lamentations. We hopefully have been
purified, and are more intent on our way forward
in holiness. But our spiritual warfare grows more
intense, and there will be more attacks, oppression,
affliction, trials, crosses and pains. In all these,
be not afraid. Trust God. Cling to God. Be holy.
are but a speck in the whole universe and in the
whole course of salvation history. But God loves
us, knows us by name, and has given us the privilege
to serve Him and to make a difference in the life
of others. God is good and faithful. We can put
our whole trust and hope in Him.
the generations long past and understand; has anyone
hoped in the Lord and been disappointed? Has anyone
persevered in his fear and been forsaken? Has anyone
called upon him and been rebuffed? Compassionate
and merciful is the Lord” (Sir 2:10-11a)
way forward for us has been revealed. The trumpets
have sounded, and the clarion call is clear. Let
us move on, with hope, joy and trust, and be instruments
of God’s divine mercy upon the world.
bless you all.
brother in Christ,
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