FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
NEW EVANGELIZATION AND THE GOSPEL OF LIFE
November 8, 2013
Address of Pope Francis to the Int’l Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Catholic gynecologists on Sept 20, 2013:
“This is a commitment to the new evangelization that often requires going against the current, at a cost to the person. The Lord counts on you to spread the “Gospel of life.”
New Evangelization = gospel of life.
CFC-FFL, being a family renewal ministry, has always stressed pro-life. We emphasized this a bit more at the restoration of 2007. We adopted the byline, “Renewing the Family and Defending Life.” While family and life naturally go together, the way we formulated our byline stressed the importance of pro-life advocacy, not just as an adjunct to family, but having an emphasis on its own, as a way of addressing the major conflict of the Third Millennium, that of the culture of life versus the culture of death. Then we stressed it further when we adopted as our theme for 2012, just last year, “CHOOSE LIFE.” This indeed was part of our response to the New Evangelization.
How do we spread the gospel of life? Well, continue to do much of what we are doing now in CFC-FFL. But that is not massive enough. That does not adequately reflect a commitment to the New Evangelization. Fortunately, God continues to show us new ways, radical ways that go against the current, ways that make those standing on the familiar status quo uncomfortable.
What we need to do is to help the Church through the parishes to spread the gospel of life, offering everything the Lord has given us through these years. We as CFC-FFL can only do so much on our own. But we as CFC-FFL, bringing our pro-life advocacy to the parishes and helping parish leaders take on the work, can accomplish so much more. This is best done through LCSC. One of the 4 pillars of LCSC is Live Life, our work of proclaiming the gospel of life.
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