THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
BELIEVE AND BE BLESSED
told Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was
spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Lk 1:45).
Because Mary believed, not only was she blessed, but we through
the generations have been blessed as well. Through her our
Savior has come.
about us in CFC-FFL? Do we believe what has been spoken
to us by the Lord?
He raised us to be an evangelistic and missionary community?
He has made us the keepers of the authentic CFC charism?
we are to renew the family and to defend life?
He has brought us to Lamentations and to Job in order to
purify us and prepare us for greater things that are to
He brings us deeper into the heart of the Church in total
if we BE.LI.EV.E then we will do greater
works for His glory?
We believe because we know who our God is.
is the all-powerful Creator. “By the Lord’s
word the heavens were made” (Ps 33:6a).
He is King of kings and has dominion over the whole world.
“The Lord foils the plan of nations, frustrates the
designs of peoples.” (Ps 33:10).
He knows each one of us and knows what goes on in our lives.
“From heaven the Lord looks down and observes the
children of Adam, from his dwelling place he surveys all
who dwell on earth.” (Ps 33:13-14).
He who designed us in His image and likeness knows who we
are and what we do. “The One who fashioned together
their hearts is the One who knows all their works.”
He watches and cares for us. “Behold, the eye of the
Lord is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on
his mercy.” (Ps 33:18).
He provides for our earthly and spiritual needs. “To
deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive through
famine.” (Ps 33:19).
Since the restoration, God has been confirming and affirming
His call to us. He has spoken to us through our themes for
the years. He has guided us. Now, with this psalm, as we enter
into a new year, God again confirms everything He has done
for 2007: hope (in the context of Lamentations). “May
your mercy, Lord, be upon us; as we put our hope in you.”
Theme for 2008: joy. “For in him our hearts rejoice”
Theme for 2009: trust. “in his holy name we trust.”
(Ps 33:21b). We also had the Divine Mercy. “The earth
is full of the mercy of the Lord. May your mercy, Lord,
be upon us” (Ps 33:5b,22a).
for 2010: the Almighty, just and righteous. “He loves
justice and right.” (Ps 33:5a).
Theme for 2011: strength in God. “A king is not saved
by a great army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength.
Useless is the horse for safety; despite its great strength,
it cannot be saved. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon
those who fear him” (Ps 33:16-18a). “Our soul
waits for the Lord, he is our help and shield.” (Ps
This year 2012 our theme is “Choose Life.” Mary
chose life. We rose to defend the culture of life. Against
the culture of death that assaulted the unborn in the womb,
we affirmed with Elizabeth: “Most blessed are you among
women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Lk 1:42).
With our staunch pro-life advocacy, the most defenseless of
persons would be given a voice. Would that the unborn would
have the same reaction as John the Baptist: “the infant
in my womb leaped for joy.” (Lk 1:44b).
year we proclaimed ourselves to be “Alive in Christ.”
Jesus lives in us, in our homes, in our community. This means
a certain kind of lifestyle.
worship. “Praise from the upright is fitting. ...
on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.” (Ps 33:1b,2b).
We come before Him with awe, with reverential fear. “Let
all the earth fear the Lord; let all who dwell in the world
show him reverence.” (Ps 33:8).
We rejoice always, in all circumstances, including situations
of Lamentations and Job. “Rejoice, you righteous,
in the Lord” (Ps 33:1a).
give constant thanks, for all the good God does for us.
“Give thanks to the Lord on the harp” (Ps 33:2a).
evangelize with a passion, and strive to bring our nations
under the lordship of Jesus. “Blessed is the nation
whose God is the Lord, the people chosen as his inheritance.”
Now we face the new year 2013. God has again given us our
theme. We are to BE.LI.EV.E! “For the
Lord’s word is upright; all his works are trustworthy.”
(Ps 33:4). We are to believe that faith works wonders,
as Jesus himself assures (Jn 14:12). “For he spoke,
and it came to be, commanded, and it stood in place.”
are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.” (Lk 1:45). Greater things are yet