THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2010
WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF OUR LIFE AND MISSION
might look upon our life and mission in CFC-FFL as divided
into several periods, as follows: the first 20 years, then
the next 5 years, and finally the next five years, which period
we presently are in.
started in 1981, and in the next 20 years (1981 to 2001) grew
rapidly and massively. By 2001 we were present in over 90
countries throughout the world, and our membership grew to
1.2 million persons. This was the peak of our membership.
came the next 5 years (2001 to 2006), which period was a mixture
of continuing blessings but already the start of decline.
Through the years, from the very start, we had been experiencing
the attacks of the enemy, as is expected whenever we do God’s
work. But in this period, the enemy began to succeed in infiltrating
CFC and causing it to decline. The veering away was significant
in this period, as the leaders of the work with the poor we
had embraced began to marginalize Christ, whom we intended
to be at the center of our social work. From our peak of 1.2
million members in 2001, the membership started to decline,
consistently for each and every succeeding year. By the end
of 2006, our membership had declined to 900,000 listed members
(those actually active would be less).
it was not all negative. During this period, in 2005, we also
received our permanent recognition from the Holy See. Further,
as we joyfully celebrated our 25th anniversary in June 2006,
the prophetic word, given over a decade ago, that we would
be in 153 countries by our 25th year was fulfilled, exactly
on the last day.
Finally we have the next 5 years, from 2006 to 2011. This
is a time of intense spiritual warfare, as the enemy who had
succeeded in infiltrating CFC continues to try to destroy
it completely, while God who had His original plan for CFC
acts to preserve and restore His work.
2001, the crisis in CFC had been building up. In the latter
part of 2006, right after the celebration of our 25th year,
the crisis was reaching boiling point and set to explode.
This happened the next year, in 2007. The crisis deepened
and finally resulted in a split within CFC.
people had not responded to the final warning of God, as He
brought us to the book of Lamentations in 2007. Lamentations
was the story of God’s people Israel, whom he raised
from captives in Egypt and made a great nation, but who were
eventually destroyed by their enemies. In giving us our theme
from the book of Lamentations, God was warning us, that the
same thing as what happened to Israel could happen to us,
if we persisted in our infidelities. If we had learned the
lessons of lamentations and turned away from our infidelities,
the Lord would have blessed us, reversing the continuing slide
and moving us on to greater heights in His work.
it was not to be. The seeds of destruction, already having
taken root, sprouted. The crisis resulted in a split. But
God would not be thwarted, so long as there were those who
remained faithful to Him and to His call. So out of the split
God raised a remnant, who would restore the authentic charism
of CFC and would be faithful to its original call. That true
CFC is CFC-FFL.
We are now still in this period (2006 to 2011) of intense
spiritual warfare. The enemy has not given up on trying to
completely destroy CFC, continuing to use its very leaders
(under the IC) who unceasingly attack and try to destroy the
holy remnant. As of this writing, another major split has
happened within the other CFC, and members in large numbers
continue to be lost.
God has given us (CFC-FFL) our theme for 2010 from the book
of Job. This points us to continuing suffering, even in, or
perhaps precisely because of, our righteousness and conformity
to God’s will and call. We have much we need to learn.
Even as we continue to learn the lessons of Lamentations,
we now need to take up the lessons of Job. Eternal lessons
are learned and truly internalized only through the furnace
of affliction. 2010 will be a time of great blessing, even
as we are, or precisely because we will be, afflicted. God
has much to teach us, as He again prepares us to be used as
His instruments for the life of the world. God would not want
another crisis to happen, as His own people failed Him and
became the enemy within.
2010 will be a time of intense purification and formation.
With accompanying pains and crosses, it will be a blessed
God teaches us the privilege of suffering for the sake of
righteousness, including suffering injustice. “Blessed
are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult
you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son
of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your
reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated
the prophets in the same way.” (Lk 6:22-23).
2007, God raised what He intended to be a holy remnant. “But
I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and
lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the Lord”
(Zep 3:12). The remnant is to be holy. “They shall do
no wrong and speak no lies; nor shall there be found in their
mouths a deceitful tongue; they shall pasture and couch their
flocks with none to disturb them.” (Zep 3:13). Since
the leaders of CFC (that is, the IC) had precisely resorted
to telling lies about us, and since they had failed in their
responsibility to care for the flock, causing their dispersal,
God wants the remnant to never again fall into these same
God wants a remnant that is humble and lowly. Given that He
will raise us to great heights again, as He already did before,
then we need to be able to handle that without degenerating
into sinful pride. Thus God brings us to the book of Job.
Even as we will be righteous and blameless, we need to have
an even deeper spirituality. God will allow us to be afflicted
further. But out of that we should emerge as a people truly
humbled and revering Him as God the Almighty. We would be
a people who would be steadfast in every situation, whether
up or down, looking only to the God who is just and righteous.
greatest sins as CFC are unfaithfulness and pride. Unfaithfulness
is veering away from our call and not living out our covenant.
Pride happens when we look to the great things God will do
through us and begin to think more highly of ourselves than
we ought. Through affliction, God tests our fidelity. Through
affliction, God humbles us. Though afflicted, may we still,
like Job, bless God (Job 1:21,2:8-10). Though afflicted, may
we remain in awe and fear of God, without whom we are nothing
and can do nothing.
God has great plans for CFC, as He has had from all eternity.
In our first 20 years we have already seen how God can act
and bring His people to great heights. But as has been the
case throughout history for many religious groups and movements,
we too have failed God.
God persists. Because God has already chosen to do His work
through sinful people such as us. For the work of this third
millennium God has raised new ecclesial movements, one of
which is CFC. Though we have proven unfaithful, God persists.
God still intends to use CFC, if only we will be faithful
and true. Thus God has brought good out of evil, and restoration
out of the crisis and split. God has raised the remnant that
is CFC-FFL, the authentic CFC.
us continue to learn the lessons of Lamentations. Let us begin
to learn the lessons of Job. Then we will be in the right
place that God intends for us to be. Then we will be truly
blessed, as God uses us to be a blessing to many others.
* * *
 God is still in control, but allows the good and the bad.
“For he scourges and then has mercy; he casts down to
the depths of the netherworld, and he brings up from the great
abyss.” (Tb 13:2)
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