THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2012
The Israelites were on the verge of entering into the promised
land. They had wandered in the desert for 40 years due to
their infidelities. They had experienced blessings and curses.
They had been chastised and purified. Now they were poised
to take the land.
The choice before Israel was not whether to cross or not.
The choice was whether they would be faithful to God’s
covenant or continue with infidelities. And it was a very
stark choice--between life and prosperity or death and doom
(Dt 30:15). It was a choice between “the blessing and
the curse” (Dt 30:19b).
The journey of CFC-FFL is much like that of Israel. God raised
it and entered into covenant with the brethren. Like Israel,
there were infidelities including the veering away from God’s
will and plan. There was the punishment and chastisement,
but there was also the restoration. Now CFC-FFL is poised
to continue with its work, armed with the fullness of God’s
strength. “You are my servant, he said to me, Israel,
through whom I show my glory.” (Is 49:3).
This work has been made very clear through the years, and
further purified through the crisis and restoration. “It
is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise
up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation
may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6).
The work continues.
fight of the third millennium
The fight in this third millennium is about the culture of
life. It is an intense life and death struggle raging in the
heavens and on earth. The assaults against family and life
will get even worse. At the center of this conflict are the
Holy See and the Catholic Church, the nations of the world,
The Roman Catholic Church under the Holy See (the Vatican)
is the only strong institution standing in the breach, speaking
and acting strongly for faith, family and life, all of which
the enemy seeks to destroy. The enemy, through anti-life,
anti-family, homosexualist forces, aided by liberal international
media, systematically and continuously rant, unjustly, about
the sins and oppressive nature of the Church led by the Holy
Father, Pope Benedict XVI. The enemy can only succeed in fulfilling
its diabolical work if it sufficiently weakens the Church,
or to its mind, even destroys her.
The battlefield is the whole world, and the targets of the
enemy are all the nations of the earth. Satan wants to preserve
his dominion over the world. The western world is already
largely post-christian, with its values and cultures dominated
by modernism and secular humanism. These former Christian
nations are becoming more and more anti-christian, seeking
to suppress and eliminate our Judeo-Christian heritage. They
are aggressively spreading their errors to all the nations,
especially to the still-traditional developing nations. They
bring to bear their economic, political and even military
power to impose their evil agenda on helpless nations.
It is significant to note that the Philippines is becoming
the last nation standing. Divorce and abortion are still illegal.
Only two states remain that have no divorce--the Philippines
and the Vatican. But there are no married people in the Vatican!
And so it is only the Philippines still upholding traditional
marriage. But this Christian nation, with a prophetic role
to be God’s light in Asia (and to the world), is the
target of converging enemy forces, determined to bring down
this last bastion of life. The opening salvo is the RH (reproductive
health) bill. Of course we know what follows--divorce, abortion,
euthanasia or assisted suicide, same-sex marriage.
Then there is CFC-FFL. CFC started in the Philippines and
has spread to many nations of the world. The enemy has sought
to destroy it, even succeeding in using its own top leaders
in causing a crisis and ultimately a split. God however restored
a remnant, now CFC-FFL, true to its authentic call and charism.
CFC-FFL remains as an international community, with brethren
of many nations, races, cultures and tongues. It is a servant
of the Church, committed to stand in her defense against the
We are now 30 years old, the full preparation time for a more
intensive ministry (as Jesus was prepared for public ministry
by 30 years of family life in Nazareth). We are at the crossroad,
as the Roman Catholic Church and the Philippines and the whole
world are at the crossroad as well. For the challenging work
of this third millennium, God is making available to us the
fullness of His strength. We are to intensify our work of
re-evangelization, and the work of renewing the family and
defending life. Given the critical role of the Philippines
as God’s light to the world, we also aim to work at
the re-evangelization of this nation.
The whole world is at a crossroad. It is a choice literally
between life and death. “I have set before you life
and death, the blessing and the curse.” (Dt 30:19b).
“Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity,
death and doom.” (Dt 30:15a).
It is in the light of all these that God has given us our
theme for 2012. This is our battle cry as we go on and cross
the Jordan. We have faced our crossroad, and we are making
THEME FOR 2012: “CHOOSE LIFE”
The theme verse is: “Choose life, then, that you and
your descendants may live.” (Dt 30:19c). The larger
context is Deuteronomy 30:15-20.
of the theme
Personal and community. “that will
mean life for you” (Dt 30:20).
to live community.
VALUES: Centered on Christ; Being community; Exercising
Family. “that you and your descendants
may live” (Dt 30:19).
Call to family renewal.
to defense of life.
VALUES: Focused on the family.
Nation and world. “that will mean ....
a long life for you to live on the land” (Dt 30:20).
Call to rapid, massive, worldwide evangelization. “you
will live and grow numerous” (Dt 30:16b).
to work with the poor.
to defend the Church and build the nation. “the Lord,
your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to
occupy.” (Dt 30:16c).
VALUES: Evangelistic and missionary; Living a preferential
option for the poor; Being a servant to the Church.
life in order to live
How do we choose life that we may live? “by loving the
Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you” (Dt 30:20a). “If
you obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin
on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping
his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live”
Loving the Lord.
Loving God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength.
God the worship that is His due.
our neighbor as ourselves, with special love for our brethren.
Heeding the voice of the Lord.
Keeping His commandments.
faithful to our CFC-FFL covenant.
God and His body on earth.
Holding fast to the Lord.
in His ways along the path of holiness.
and rejoicing in Him.
All the above are what God has given and taught us in the
last 30 years. “For this command which I enjoin on you
today is not too mysterious and remote for you.” (Dt
30:11). We already speak about it. We already are experiencing
it. But we are called to enter more deeply and to fully live
it out. “No, it is something very near to you, already
in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry
it out.” (Dt 30:14).
We are living in the end times and racing to the end of time.
We strive to be good and faithful servants, at the ready when
Jesus returns once again in glory. We look forward to our
eternal reward, to be with God forever in heaven, which is
what God intended from the very beginning. “For that
would mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the
land which the Lord swore he would give to your fathers Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob.” (Dt 30:20b).
call to arms
Choosing life means much more than what is commonly understood
as pro-life advocacy (going against such things as abortion,
divorce, etc.), though this fight against the culture of death
will be a big part of it. Choosing life is opting for the
fullness of life that God is giving us, when He created a
wonderful world for us to enjoy, and over which He gave us
dominion. Though that perfect world was corrupted, God sent
His own Son to redeem it. Jesus himself announced his purpose:
“I came so that they might have life and have it more
abundantly.” (Jn 10:10b).
An abundant life is one lived in and for God. We need to fight
for and take hold of what God has intended for His people
from the very beginning. We are to:
LIVE LIFE -- holiness, purity, prayer,
LIFE -- pro-life advocacy, defense of the Church
and her Magisterium.
LIFE -- re-evangelization, work with the poor,
preserving the environment, nation building.