THE SERVANT GENERAL
WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO
all of our 29 years, we have spoken much of our vision and
mission, who we are, what we are called to do. We know that
we are an evangelistic and missionary community. This has
been true from the very beginning and has never changed. We
do our work within the context of family renewal. That is
one distinct factor that distinguishes us from other renewal
the crisis of 2007, God has raised a remnant, faithful to
its authentic charism. Now we are known as Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL). Our basic charism
and mission has not changed, but has been refined. Now, as
an evangelistic and missionary community, we are tasked with
renewing the family and defending life. This actually is the
crucial task of the Church in this third millennium.
CFC-FFL, aside from our vision and mission statements, our
statement of philosophy, our covenant, we also have our Core
Values. These Core Values are: (1) Centered on Christ, (2)
Evangelistic and missionary, (3) Focused on the Family, (4)
Being Community, (5) Living a Preferential Option for the
Poor, (6) Exercising servant Leadership, and (7) Being a Servant
to the Church. All these are our guideposts in ensuring that
we move forward according to God’s plan for us.
Now, in the challenging work of this third millennium, I want
to use the initials “CFC-FFL” to summarize who
we are and what we are called to do.
what we are called to do. What is our mission? What we are
called to do can be summed up by three letters: F, F and L.
These stand for faith, family and life.
work of evangelization is about a renewal of faith. It is
first and foremost re-evangelization, where we bring nominal
or lapsed Catholics to a renewal of their faith, through transformation
in Christ and empowerment by the Holy Spirit. This is the
foremost challenge, as many Christians today are no longer
truly Christian, even for those who still go through the motions
of Christian activities. Catholics need to know Christ and
the power of his resurrection. They need to be true disciples
of Jesus. They must be walking along the path of holiness
we evangelize within the context of the renewal of the family.
The family is the basic unit of society, and what happens
within the family is what determines the kind of people who
live their lives in society. If a home is dysfunctional, then
parents and children also bring that dysfunction into society.
If however a home is truly a place of Kingdom ground, then
the Church is able to produce the saints that she needs in
order to become light and leaven. In this work of renewing
the family, we provide strong support environments for every
member of the family--the kids, the youth, the singles, the
couples, the handmaids and the servants.
we are called to defend life. The fight of this third millennium
is all about the culture of death, which the anti-life, anti-family,
homosexualist forces are imposing on society and the world.
This is the final assault of the evil one, who wages all-out
war on the Author of life. We have been thrust into this savage
conflict, and we are to give our all in defending and promoting
the culture of life.
then are we called to do? What then is our mission? It is
to defend, preserve, strengthen, renew and celebrate faith,
family and life.
Now that is quite a task. For us to become the effective instruments
that God intends us to be, we need to become a particular
kind of Catholic. We need to be formed according to God’s
will and plan. We need to be clear about our identity, about
who we truly are.
would then sum this up in three letters: C, F and C.
first “C” is being “Centered on Christ.”
This is the most basic posture. We live for Christ, and we
die for Christ. We serve Christ. We obey the final commission
of Jesus, to go into the whole world and proclaim the good
news of salvation in him. We strive to become true disciples.
We strive to grow in holiness, to be another Christ. We are
his witnesses, to the ends of the earth.
“F” stands for “Faithful to covenant.”
Aside from our covenant with God as Catholics, we have a particular
covenant as CFC-FFL. This describes our way of life, so that
we can truly become the people that God wants us to become,
so He can use us according to His eternal plan. We understand
the importance of our life as a community, and we commit to
live out our lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, as co-workers
in the Kingdom, as comrades-in-arms in the battle that is
at hand. Our community life is our priority. Our covenant
is our solemn commitment to God.
second “C” refers to “Carrying the cross.”
The cross is at the core of our work. It is an integral component
of the call to discipleship. It is the gospel that we proclaim.
We realize that responding to God’s call to us will
involve us in hardships, oppression, persecution, suffering
and pain. This is the very path of Jesus. As such, we know
that such suffering is redemptive. And so we rejoice in the
cross of Jesus Christ. The cross is what strengthens our commitment,
as it purifies us, humbles us, and keeps us depended on Christ
and focused on the mission at hand.
Who are we and what are we called to do? The initials of our
very name say it all.
C -- Centered on Christ
F -- Faithful to covenant
C -- Carrying the cross
Working to celebrate:
F -- Faith
F -- Family
L -- Life
May our Lord bless us and empower us, as we respond to His
call, and give of ourselves totally for His greater honor
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We Are, What We Do