THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
BEING PREPARED FOR THE WORK
Our theme for 2015 is about building the Church of the Poor,
and our theme verse is Acts 4:34a, supported by the wider
passage of Acts 4:31-35. The components of our life and mission
in 2015, to equip us for work with the poor, are the following:
worship (relationship with God), unity in community (relationship
with brethren), stewardship (relationship with culture), and
evangelization (relationship with the world). The intent is
fullness of life, not just for the poor but also for ourselves,
with no one in need. This has to do not just with material
things, but also with spiritual, relational and cultural aspects
proper relationship with God and with one another is what
equips us for the challenging work of bringing good news to
the poor. For how can we look to others, especially in the
difficult area of poverty, if we ourselves are not right with
God and with one another?
do we become right with each other in community and in the
larger Church? How can we move forward as one, doing the one
work? We need to be “of the same mind, with the same
love, united in heart, thinking one thing” (Phil 2:2b).
As we are all supposed to be centered on Christ (our first
Core Value), that is the key.
need to continue to grow in our life of prayer and worship.
We stand in humility before our God, knowing that apart from
Him we are nothing. “Lord, my heart is not proud; nor
are my eyes haughty.” (Ps 131:1a). We do know that God
uses us for great work, for divine work, and this is a great
mystery. But we simply obey. “I do not busy myself with
great matters, with things too sublime for me.” (Ps
131:1b). We fully trust in God, we fully put our hope in His
great care and plan for us His children. “Rather, I
have stilled my soul, like a weaned child to its mother, weaned
is my soul.” (Ps 131:2). If we focus not on ourselves,
not on what we want, not on what our own priorities and preferences
are, but we simply focus on Jesus and what he tells us to
do, then we will move forward as one.
we focus not on ourselves but on God. Now we also focus not
on ourselves but on our brethren. “Do nothing out of
selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others
as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for
his own interests, but everyone for those of others.”
(Phil 2:3-4). We must not be self-seeking, self-referential,
self-satisfying. Rather, we must be selfless and self-denying.
We must not seek our own glory, satisfaction, interest, power,
position, preference, perquisites. We are mere servants, and
if not by the grace of God, could never accomplish what God
allows us to accomplish.
we must look to the well-being of others. We love our neighbor
as ourselves, and our closest neighbors, aside from our spouse
and children, are our brethren in community. We must look
to how they can move forward in the Lord. We look to their
interests, both spiritual and material (especially for the
with God and right with each other, now we are ready to serve
the poor. While we focus on God, while we focus on our brethren
in community, we also must focus on the marginalized. “When
you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or
your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors”
(Lk 14:12b). The Church has much to offer. The Catholic Church
is the largest and most active social service provider in
the whole world. But it is not just about providing for earthly
needs, but more importantly, for preparing souls for heaven.
Parishes have a banquet prepared, centered on the Eucharist.
But most Catholics do not know about this feast, do not participate
in it, do not care about it. Thus we need to be about a work
of massive evangelization, focused on reaching the non-practicing
or lapsed Catholics, many of them among the poor. “Rather,
when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the
lame, the blind” (Lk 14:13). This is why LCSC, through
the NONe movement, is doing a lot of work with prisoners,
migrants and families stricken by calamities. We work to bring
them back to God and back to the Church.
say we are not self-referential and we look not to repayment
in this world. This is one blessing in work with the poor,
for “blessed indeed will you be because of their inability
to repay you.” (Lk 14:14a). We look to making it to
heaven, and bringing along with us as many as we can. That
is where we look to our eternal reward. “For you will
be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Lk