FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
June 24, 2015
Today’s reading: Isaiah 49:1-6
Today’s reading provides the verses from which we developed our theme for 2011. The theme itself was “My God is now my Strength!” (v.5d). I also wrote a book “40 Days in the Strength of God,” in which I said on the back cover: “Once again CFC-FFL is at the crossroad. With 30 years of experience in doing God’s work, with all the ups and downs, having been purified and restored, will the army that is CFC-FFL go all out for Jesus? Are the brethren willing to give their all, holding nothing back, even their very lives? Will they as God’s servants take hold of the fullness of God’s grace and be made glorious in the sight of the Lord?”
Go all out. Give all. Take hold of the fullness of God’s grace. God was prepping us up for an even more rapid and massive evangelization work. God was starting to unveil the fullness of His plan. Given everything CFC had been able to accomplish in three decades of its life and mission, God looked to even bigger things. “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.” (v.6).
Little did we know what was really on God’s mind and heart.
The book was published in September 2011. It contains an Appendix B on “The Philippines in God’s Plan,” looking to 2021, when we celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the nation. It contains much of what we are talking about for the New Evangelization. One month later, in October 2011, LCSC was launched.
God brought us to the crossroad, and God showed us the way we were to go. Now, beyond everything CFC ever accomplished, beyond what CFC-FFL could ever hope to do, God has given LCSC to us and to our Church. With LCSC it is possible to reach every person with the gospel, starting with Catholics themselves.
Onward with the New Evangelization, in the strength of God!
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