THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE TIDE HAS TURNED
Over the past few years, after the euphoria of the restoration
of 2007, I have been disappointed and frustrated with our
community life and work. Evangelization had bogged down, there
were conflicts among leaders in the different countries, and
there was no clear path forward. This is even as the Lord
was speaking strongly about our emerging direction as we came
to the crossroad in 2011.
on my second pilgrimage here in Lourdes, I am convinced the
tide has turned, the wind has shifted, the darkness is being
dispelled by the light. The way forward is clear. It is back
to massive evangelization, much more massive than what we
in CFC experienced in the heady years of the 1990s. Our community
has also evolved, from a transparochial community as an outreach
of a covenant community (stage 1 from 1981), to a parallel
community as a new ecclesial movement (stage 2 from 1993),
to active parish involvement as a servant to the Church (stage
3 from 2007), and now to stage 4, our kenosis or self-emptying
as we respond to the call to the New Evangelization.
The foundation has already been laid for massive evangelization.
This will be through three movements--the Live Christ, Share
Christ (LCSC) movement, the Live Pure (LP) movement, and our
work with the poor (WWP). These correspond to the priorities
of the Catholic Church, especially in the Philippines, that
of reaching out to and serving lapsed Catholics, the youth
and the poor. In addition, as a fourth priority, there is
the missio ad gentes. We look to recovering the missionary
spirit that is part of our charism and call, being an evangelistic
and missionary community. We will look to our worldwide family
to support mission work throughout the world.
will function as backbone for this massive work. This happens,
among others, by fidelity in three major areas:
renewal. Our CFC-FFL evangelization is founded on family
renewal. We continue to help renew the family and to defend
life. One indication of the fruit of this work is every
one of our members at some point looking to three generations
being involved in community life and mission. Scripture
refers to the blessing of our children and our children’s
children. We pass on the legacy from generation to generation,
until the Lord returns once again.
leadership. This is rare even in Church organizations. But
it cannot be otherwise. We either come not to be served
but to serve, in the mind and heart of Jesus, or we will
lack the grace and power to succeed in our work.
to the Catholic Church. Evangelization is not necessarily
for recruitment into our community, but is basically for
the purpose of bringing people back to God and back to the
Church. We serve without any personal or corporate agenda,
but simply expend ourselves for the sake of Christ and his
body on earth.
I first went on pilgrimage last month to Santiago de Compostela,
Spain, going on the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James).
The Lord confirmed three basic things:
Our work is to be rapid, massive and worldwide. This is
as I went to Finisterre, what was considered to be the end
of the earth during those times. There I recommitted our
community to its life and mission. We are to be empowered
witnesses to the ends of the earth.
are called to servant leadership. The Lord led me to share
with you 70 principles of servant leadership (How to Survive
as a Servant Leader, and Even Thrive), 7 principles over
each of 10 days of my pilgrimage. If we strive to live out
these principles, we will be on our way to be true servants
whom the Lord can truly use.
will be hardships and suffering. In the letter of James
(is he James the apostle or James the “brother of
the Lord” and the leader of the Jewish Christian community
in Jerusalem?), he starts with an exhortation to perseverance
in trial. This is our privilege to participate, in a very
small way, in the cross of Christ.
Now I am on pilgrimage in Lourdes, France. Here the Lord impresses
on us the necessary tandem in spiritual warfare of Jesus and
his mother Mary. I have re-consecrated ourselves to Mary.
In the intense spiritual war that we will be entering into,
we go under the banner of Mary.
this month I go on pilgrimage to Rome, Italy. This completes
the trilogy of pilgrimages, to seek the Lord’s confirmation
of what He wants us to become and where and how He wants to
send us. In Santiago de Compostela the Lord emphasized our
call to servant leadership. Here in Lourdes, we are to be
servants to Jesus and to our mother Mary. In Rome we look
to affirm our servanthood to our holy Mother Church, as we
meet with Peter (Pope Francis).
Since 1981 God has done His part (as He always does). The
problem has always been us. I urge you, brethren, to re-commit
yourselves to our CFC-FFL covenant, and to decide to truly
serve the Lord. Our direction is clear to me; I hope it would
be clear to you as well. Now I need you to close ranks with
me, and we can all move forward in the power of the Spirit,
to do a massive work of evangelization to the ends of the
to the New Evangelization!
bless you all.