THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
RESTORING OUR STRENGTH
May 15, 2011
Today’s reading: Psalm 23:1-6
CFC is God’s servant through whom He will show His glory
(Is 49:3), CFC in its first 20-25 years soared in the strength
of the Spirit. Its membership topped one million in 160 countries.
This was a testimony to God’s work in and through His
came into the picture, from the very top. One IC (International
Council) member veered away, removing Christ from CFC’s
work with the poor, then 4 other IC members veered away, disobeying
bishops and doing unchristian and unbiblical acts against
their own brethren. Thus CFC started on a downward spiral,
resulting in a crisis and split in 2007.
work and God’s plan continue. God then raised a remnant
and restored it to CFC’s authentic charism. This is
CFC-FFL. After formation through the years after the crisis,
God is now ready to fully restore CFC-FFL and give it the
fullness of His strength, in order to carry on His original
intent. So we say to the God who called us, “you restore
my strength.” (Ps 23:3a).
God’s part is to call, raise, restore, anoint, equip,
strengthen. Our part is to say our “yes” to Him,
be obedient, and be faithful to our covenant. God has His
way, and it is not our way. We veer away when we follow our
own agenda and human ways of doing things. Thus we need to
look to the ways of God. We need to aver, “You guide
me along the right path for the sake of your name.”
is the “right path”?
first of all the path of righteousness. We are made in the
image and likeness of God. As such, we are called to be holy
as God is holy, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.
We are to be faithful to the covenant God has given us in
community, which covenant is the means by which we walk the
path of righteousness.
it is the path particularly cut out for us as CFC (now CFC-FFL).
This is manifested by our vision and mission. We are an evangelistic
and missionary community, doing the work of renewing the family
and defending life. This is our charism. This is our reason
it is the path Jesus himself trod. It is the path that leads
to the cross. Thus in 2010 God emphasized to us the value
of redemptive suffering. But this was after God stressed to
us the virtues of joy (2008) and trust (2009), which virtues
help keep us on the right path, no matter what challenges
we are facing or what sufferings we are enduring. As Christ’s
disciples, we are called to deny ourselves and take up our
crosses. It is our privilege, just like Paul, to follow Jesus
to the cross.
When we walk along the right path, then our strength that
comes from God will be restored. When we become proper instruments,
then God is able to use us in the fullness of His power. When
we become faithful servants, then God is able to accomplish
His will in and through us.
year reminds us: He formed us as His servant from the womb,
He brought us back to Him, He intends to manifest His glory
through us (Is 49:5). For our part, if we walk along the right
path, then we can rightly claim, “my God is now my strength!”
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