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Strengthen the Core, Expand the Reach
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“Strengthen the Core, Expand Your Reach.” This is how to prepare for CFC’s 35th Anniversary next year, according to CFC Chairman Joe Tale, who was the speaker during the monthly Mission Core Teaching Night held on September 15, 2015, at Christ the King Parish, Greenmeadows, Quezon City.


Sharing his reflections, Joe Tale noted three current realities: the “intensified attacks on marriage and the family,” the “intensified attacks on the dignity of the human being” through widespread poverty and violence, and the “unbridled destruction of the environment.”


Faced with these “signs of the times”, Joe Tale invited the Mission Core to respond the way Nehemiah did. After hearing that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and its gates burned with fire, Nehemiah “sat down and wept.” He “mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven”, (Nehemiah 1:4) and then started to act to rebuild the walls.


Jesus also wept. In Luke 19:41, as Jesus drew near Jerusalem, “he saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”


“It is alright to weep,” explained Joe Tale, “for as long as such weeping triggers you to action."


“We, in CFC have done much,” said Tale, but as we see with a keener sense of sight what is happening, we understand better why the Lord also brought us back this year to Isaiah 49:6, telling us that what we have done is too little. “For as long as we are not yet light to the nations, there is still more to do.”


It is in this light that Joe Tale directed the Mission Core to better understand why the Lord has asked us to ‘Love More’ this year and why the Lord has led us to ‘Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks.’ as our theme for 2016.


“The Lord is bringing us to what is truly essential for our salvation and forming us to be the men and women CFC Chairman Joe Tale speaking before the Metro Manila Mission Core at the Teaching Night He can count on to bring His salvation to many more.”


While the Lord is asking CFC to level up and do more than before, “the Lord is equipping us, empowering us, providing us with more opportunities to serve.” Joe Tale cited these opportunities such as the various meetings in the Vatican last year; the Diocesan recognitions of CFC in the United States, where CFC is readying to serve 1,400 parishes; the role of CFC in the CBCP Commissions on the Lay Apostolate, on Missions, on Migrants, on Family and Life and the CFC role in the Office of the Military Ordinariate.


Tale first exhorted the CFC leaders to “Strengthen the Core”. This “core” is “our selves,” who must continue to strive in personal holiness, grow in the fruit of the Spirit and have a deeper formation. For this, CFC shall further strengthen the CFC Pastoral Formation Office and collaborate with entities like the Lighthouse Catholic Media.


The ‘core’ also refers to CFC’s Mission Core, who must live up to the name “CFC Mission Core.” He exhorted all to ask and reflect: “Am I still called to be Mission Core?”


The “core” also means CFC’s “central call”, which is Marriage and Family. Joe Tale reminded the leaders to protect the home front. “The home front must be strong and able to resist the wiles of the evil one.” He asked every CFC couple to continue to deepen their love for one another and to ensure that “every child of CFC feels the love of his parents.”


He also directed the CFC leaders to “celebrate marriage” and announced the plan of CFC to honor, in February 2016, couples who have been married for at least 40 years, as well as young couples who stand committed to protect and promote marriage and family life.


Joe Tale asked the leaders to avail of and undergo the CFC Family Enrichment Program and mark the Feast of the Holy Family celebrated every Sunday after Christmas, through Family Honoring.


Joe Tale then exhorted the CFC leaders to “Expand Your Reach”. Explaining that “we do not exist for ourselves,” Joe Tale pressed the leaders to pursue new evangelization opportunities head-on, with new ways, new methodologies, new target areaslike the Migrants sector, the schools, and the mission areas now of CFC’s Order of St. Michael.


He urged CFC to “tell the world of His Love” by making a beachhead in media, and doing evangelization projects that could go viral in the social media. Finally, he reminded CFC of its prophetic role and the need to exercise it. He mentioned the resurgence of the role of the CFC Social Development Programs and CFC’s latest involvement in the Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership. He likewise asked CFC leaders to study Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.


All these, Joe Tale explained, is “like training, making sure that we are readyby preparing spiritually and through deeper formationto serve the moment the opportunity comes.”


He ended by quoting L.B. Cowman: “Wake up believers from your lowly condition. Throw away your laziness, sluggishness, coldness or whatever is interfering with your pure love of Christ. Make Him the Source, the Center, and the One who encompasses every delight of your soul. Refuse to be satisfied any longer by your meager accomplishments. Aspire to a higher, a nobler and a fuller life.” (Arnel Santos)





 

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