THE JOURNEY OF CFC

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THE JOURNEY OF CFC

 

Everything that has happened to us in CFC has prepared us for the New Evangelization.

We have soared and we have been brought low. We have experienced rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization, and we have been humbled by the 2007 crisis. Both experiences are crucial to our formation. We have seen and experienced how to be committed evangelizers, and we have been given the invaluable lessons of Lamentations and of Job, of redemptive suffering, which are all needed requirements to become effective instruments of God (1 Pt 5:6). Pope Benedict XVI brings us to focus on the parable of the mustard seed. “New evangelization cannot mean: immediately attracting the large masses that have distanced themselves from the Church by using new and more refined methods. …. rather, it means to dare, once again and with the humility of the small grain, to leave up to God the when and how it will grow. …. Large things always begin from the small seed, and the mass movements are always ephemeral. …. In other words: The large realities begin in humility.” We have undergone our kenosis, our self-emptying.

To the question “Why does God make it so hard?,”[1] God responds, “I am God, who are you.” Now, like Job, we say, “I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; …. now my eye has seen you. Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:3,5-6). We leave the fruit up to God (1 Cor 3:6), but our part is to give our all, humbly presenting ourselves to God and saying, “Yes Lord, here I am; use me.”

Jesus says, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev 21:5). New ardor, new methods, new expressions. The New Evangelization. Our part is to be open to the leadings of the Spirit, and place our charism at the service of the Church.



[1] Regarding the challenges of our evangelization and community life.

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