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“Stand firm in the faith” 


This is the 2017 theme of Couples for Christ, as announcd by Chairman Joe Tale during the Mission Core Gathering (MCG) last september 3 at the Ateneo de Manila University High School Covered Court.


The theme is anchored on 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 “Be on your guard, stand firm for the faith, be courageous, be strong. And your every act should be done with love.”


“The theme will be the focus of all our activities for the coming year,” Tale said.

 

During his sharing, Tale took notice of the heavy pounding rains that began right after the Holy Mass, stating that the foul weather matches the theme. CFC is called to stand firm in the faith through rains and storms, literally and figuratively.


Tale shared that the International Council arrived at the theme through the prayers both of the Council and the CFC members. 


“Thank you for all your prayers and for your insights,” he added. He also expressed gratitude to the Holy Spirit for its guidance in helping the International Council discern the theme through the years. These themes, which, with the benefit of hindsight, have proven appropriate for the time and the circumstances of the given year.


Explaining the theme, Tale encouraged CFC to “be on guard always” or “be alert”-a call to be vigilant, because the enemies of the Lord do not rest.


“We cannot afford to rest on our laurels, we cannot afford to be complacent, we cannot afford to be over confident. even in our own families, we cannot afford to take things for granted,” Tale said.


“Stand firm in the faith,” is a call for a tough CFC who will not cower from the storm. 

 

“We must stand firm because we have faith in the Lord,” he added. “In standing firm we must be courageous, we must be strong. Of course there will be fear, but we must continue to stand knowing that our God is bigger than all of our fears combined.”


“Our every act must be done in love,” he said, is a reminder that as the community stands firm, courageous and alert, the overarching call of the Lord is to love and be loving to all.


Tale also reminded the leaders present of the importance of knowing and understanding the faith in order to be able to stand firm in the faith.he ended his message with a challenge for the mission core to be an example of what it is to be alert, what it is to stand firm in the faith, what it is to be strong and courageous and what it is to love.


A Very Special Prayer Assembly
The MCG started with a Mass led by Fr. Bienvenido “Ben” F. Nebres, S.J. Rector of the Ateneo Jesuit Community. Fr. Nebres’ homily centered on the call to discipleship, and how people are called to make sacrifices and carry their cross for Jesus.


“Our gospel is about discipleship, about following Jesus as disciples, individually, in our families, in our ministries and in whatever mission is given to us.”


He also quoted Mother Teresa as saying, “It’s not how much we do but how much love we put into the doing, it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”


Fr. Nebres ended his homily with a reminder to “care and to turn our heart from the things that usually occupy us and turn our hearts to those, so many, who are in need in our country.”


The Mass was followed by testimonies of some members of the community, starting with Fr. Luciano Felloni, who, inspired by St. Mother Teresa, started a parish-based rehabilitation program for drug dependents.


“The campaign against drugs should be supported 100%, because drugs are destroying our country. But the sanctity of life should be upheld 100% as well,” felloni said about his mission to rehabilitate drug addicts in his community. 


“Don’t kill them, send them to us.”


The rehabilitation program is in partnership with CfC, through the conduct of the Christian Life Program and parenting sessions for the parents of drug users. 


The second aspect of the rehabilitation program is livelihood in partnership with TESDA.The third aspect of the program is health, with some nuns conducting feeding programs every day for six months. There will also be doctors who will conduct regular checkups and detoxification regimens. The fourth aspect is psycho-social intervention in partnership with Center for Family Ministry (CEFAM), who will provide counselors and train aspiring counselors from the parish. The last aspect is spiritual formation where all ministries of the parishes are asked to conduct a program for the drug addicts.


Fr. Felloni challenged everyone to stand up and do something, like Mother Teresa, “A woman of little words and a lot of deeds.”


Another sharer was Kirby Llaban who introduced formed.org, a website that provides the most comprehensive and inspiring Catholic contents both for parishes and for personal needs.


FORMED was created in partnership with Lighthouse Catholic media and Augustine institute & ignatius Press. it provides materials on adult faith formation, marriage, sacramental preparation, scripture, formation for teens and personal devotion.


“It’s a very up to date way to evangelize,” Llaban said. “We need more people who are formed in the faith in our Catholic teaching to be able to help people respond in the faith.”


FORMED also provides internet-based Catholic formation such as Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron, symbolon and Beloved among other programs offered in the parishes in the US. 


Rich Catholic resources are also available like the 33 days to Morning Glory and Divine Mercy is the second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC, not to mention movies about saints, like saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


CFC ANCOP Global Foundation President Jimmy ilagan also talked about the plans of ANCOP on education. One of these plans is the possibility of getting Commission on higher education permission to turn Cornerstone into a practicum.  He related that the idea came when graduating education students in Bohol were tapped to be tutors of ANCOP scholars. 


Ilagan also added that One Meralco foundation has promised to donate their used computers for all the Cornerstone schools of ANCOP. Ilagan also took the opportunity to thank everyone involved and those who attended the ANCOP Global Walk (AGW). (Maria Laarni Mallari)

Added on Tuesday, October 11, 2016



 

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