Thursday, November 29, 2007

SUNDAY REFLECTIONS

Good News Reflections

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Good News Reflection
FOR SUNDAY: December 2, 2007
First Sunday of Advent

Sunday's Readings:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Ps 122:1-9
Rom 13:11-14
Matt 24:37-44
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Hope is the theme of the First Sunday of Advent. In the readings for Mass this Sunday, Isaiah describes a future in which all is well because (1) God is recognized as the highest authority and (2) following his ways is the people's highest priority.

This vision gave great hope to the oppressed Israelites. As a picture of heaven, it also gives great hope to us. Even if "terms" (of purgatory) must be "imposed" upon us because we've not stayed entirely on the paths of God, we will be living in the light of the Lord after death, and there will be no more wars to battle.

Knowing that this is our future, we can look at today's trials as preparations for heaven. The weapons that we use now to defeat and overcome the powers of darkness can be used as plowshares for enriching our soil (our earthly life), bringing us into new growth and producing a harvest in ministry. Sufferings that are turned into ministries to help others make the hardships very worthwhile.

Although Isaiah was speaking of the coming of the world's Messiah through the Jews, these verses remind us that when we respect God's authority and make imitating Christ our highest priority, all is well for us. Our battles against evil aren't over yet, but Jesus has already won the victory for us. Our hope is not based on a wish for peace; our hope comes from the reality of what Jesus has already done and what he will do. So, "let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord!" (Psalm 122).

The Gospel reading tells us that our hope is realized only if we stay awake and alert to the activities of Christ. What are you despairing about? Despair and worry are merely an attempt by the devil to make you forget that Christ has already won the battle for you. If we stay alert to the presence of Christ, recognizing his authority and following his ways, we live in hope — not wishful thinking, but a hope that's based firmly on reality.

Questions for Personal Reflection:

What are you despairing about? What would it take for you to feel hopeful? In what way do you need Jesus to come to you now? What can you do to become more aware of his presence at your side?

Questions for Community Faith Sharing:

How do you find hope in difficulties? Describe a time when you nearly lost all hope. How did Jesus rescue you from this?


© 2007 by Terry A. Modica

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CFC Council Statement - November 19, 2007

Council Statement - 11.19.07

November 19, 2007

The Couples for Christ International Council has been hearing reports that certain individuals have been going around the Philippines and some countries, visiting the clergy and announcing that CFC has been split into two branches – CFC-Gawad Kalinga and CFC-Foundation for Family and Life. The Council would like to categorically state that this is simply untrue and obviously designed to mislead the people, particularly the clergy.

We would like to reiterate the truth that there is only ONE CFC COMMUNITY, the CFC that is recognized by both the Vatican and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Again, we quote from the announcement issued by the national spiritual adviser of CFC in the Philippines, Bishop Gabriel Reyes, on behalf of the Episcopal Commission on Lay Faithful:

“In the light of this, the original CFC, with Gawad Kalinga as one of its ministries, retains its recognition as an international private association of the faithful, which was given by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in 2005.”

“The original CFC with Gawad Kalinga under Bro. Jose Tale continues as a national and international private association of the faithful…”

The “original” CFC community referred to is the same community that was founded on, and continues to be strongly driven by, the mission of evangelization, family renewal and total Christian liberation. This is the same CFC that has Gawad Kalinga as one of its key pillars and has Joe Tale as the head of the International Council.

The group that calls itself Foundation for Family and Life has separated voluntarily from CFC. They have publicly announced their separation through the following overt actions: they have developed their own vision, mission and leadership structure, and they have filed incorporation papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In this connection, we would like to clarify that FFL has not been allowed by the SEC to use the name “Couples for Christ.” CFC has, in fact, filed a motion for issuance of a cease and desist order with respect to their continued use of the name “CFC.”

We thank God for this gift of ONE GLOBAL CFC. We thank Him for allowing the power of the Spirit to guide us in our pursuit of massive evangelization through our unrelenting Christian Life Programs and Family Ministries programs and for our work of evangelizing other nations. We thank Him that because of these programs, we continue to touch countless lives across the globe. Most especially, we thank Him for the gift of love that allows us, through our Social Ministries and GK, to deepen our expression of our love for Him through our love of neighbor.

May the Lord continue to bless our work even as we pray for our brothers in the FFL that they may fulfill their own mission. God bless us all.

THE CFC INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

These readings are intended as an aid for daily prayer and meditation. The selection of gospel passages follow the daily church readings for the season.

The scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1973 by the Division of Christian Education, National Council of Churches.

The meditations are written by Don Schwager.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

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BY FATHER WILLIAM MENINGER, OCSO.

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"Be still and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10

In 1974, Father William Meninger, a Trappist monk and retreat master at St. Josephs Abbey in Spencer, Mass. found a dusty little book in the abbey library, The Cloud of Unknowing. As he read it he was delighted to discover that this anonymous 14th century book presented contemplative meditation as a teachable, spiritual process enabling the ordinary person to enter and receive a direct experience of union with God.

This form of meditation, recently known as 'Centering Prayer' (from a text of Thomas Merton) can be traced from and through the earliest centuries of Christianity. The Centering Prayer centers one on God.

The Cloud was written, not in Latin but in Middle English - which means that it was intended primarily for laymen rather than for priests and monks. Father Meninger saw that it was a simple book on the ultimate subject, with only 75 brief chapters.

He quickly began teaching contemplative prayer according to The Cloud of Unknowing at the Abbey Retreat House. One year later his workshop was taken up by his Abbot, Thomas Keating, and Basil Pennington, both of whom had been looking for a teachable form of Christian contemplative meditation to offset the movement of young Catholics toward Eastern meditation techniques.

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CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER - Guidelines

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Guidelines

1. Through the Internet we exchange experiences and insights from our search of Sacred Scripture; from the teaching of the Magisterium and of the Christian mystical tradition; and from our daily practice of contemplative prayer.

2. In prayer we have a sense of union with one another who share the same commitment to the Magisterium of the Church in our contemplative prayer practice.

"Therefore, in order to say a little about this dark night, I shall trust neither to experience nor to knowledge, since both may fail and deceive; but, while not omitting to make such use as I can of these two things, I shall avail myself, in all that, with the Divine favour, I have to say, or at the least, in that which is most important and dark to the understanding, of Divine Scripture; for, if we guide ourselves by this we shall be unable to stray, since He Who speaks therein is the Holy Spirit. And if in aught, I stray, whether through my imperfect understanding of that which is said in it or of matters unconnected with it, it is not my intention to depart from the sound sense and doctrine of our Holy Mother the Catholic Church; for in such a case I submit and resign myself wholly, not only to her command, but to whatever better judgment she may pronounce concerning it. (St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel, Prologue, no. 2, p. I I in the E. Allison Peers translation, The Newman Press, Westminster, Maryland.)

3. We commit ourselves to a basic Rule of Life. The rule of life must be congruent with our state in life. The rule provides a practical discipline of prayer: to practice silent prayer (called prayer of the heart, centering prayer or the prayer of union) in the morning and evening for at least twenty minutes each time; to share in the Holy Eucharist each Sunday and more frequently when possible; to pray the Liturgy of the Hours; to practice daily Lectio Divina based on the Scriptures; to study the writings of the mystics of the Church and compendiums of doctrine for example, the Catechism of the Catholic Church; to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly and to have some form of Spiritual Direction. The seriousness of our commitment to union with God in contemplation will be practically reflected in the time and space given to prayer, silence, solitude and simplicity of life. Each particular task of our state in life reflects God's will for the moment. Obedience to Gods will in love and the freedom of the Holy Spirit is the food of the contemplative.

4. Within the mystery of the Church we look especially upon Mary, the Mother of God, as model and advocate, intercessor for the grace of transformation in Christ and of openness to the Word Made Flesh, Jesus, our Lord.

5. We will be seek to avoid the influence of the spiritual culture that fosters relativism, syncretism, new age Gnosticism, and rebellion against the Magisterium in the guise of a more liberated and humanistic spirituality.

6. This steadfast commitment to the Church that is completely counter-culture, will be gentle and kind, not mean-spirited or querulous.

7. The contemplative life is lived in the mystery of the Trinity; of the Paschal Sacrifice and Glory of Jesus, the Son of God and the Christ; and of the Church as the Body of Christ. Abandonment in faith and love is the same in each of these dimensions of the one mystery of sharing in the Triune Divine Life. Thus, obedience to the Church is one with the loving mutual gift of the Persons within the Trinity and is one with the obedience of the Son who said "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work" (John 4.34). Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross taught that the mystical life of transformation in Christ does not separate us from the life of the Church, rather it immerses us even more profoundly within the mystery of the Church, "which is his body, the fullness of Him who fills all things" (Eph. 1.22) Openness to the Church Magisterium liberates the contemplative from the insatiable desire to know through controversial theological theories and from errors of private judgment on Revelation.

8. The contemplative life includes the affirmation of faith in the profession of the Christian message of salvation, the celebration of Christ's Mystery in the Liturgy and the abiding fight of Christ. The contemplative life also includes the unknowing of faith and the dark nights of purification: God enters into our hearts to dismantle our ingrained systems of selfishness and to free us from sin; and the Triune God draws us into Divine Union in relationship with the Persons of the Trinity beyond thoughts and the powers of our consciousness. This harmony of light and night, of affirmation and of unknowing, is expressed in the Prologue of St. John's Gospel: "No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known." (1. 18). The kataphatic and apophatic are both dimensions of divine union in Christ.

9. According to our state in life and the promptings of the Holy Spirit we will engage in our daily work with a sense of the Presence of God; we seek out committed service in the apostolate of spreading the faith and in works of justice, peace, tending to the poor and needy.

10. The Affiliation recognizes the call to ecumenism. Contemplatives seek to discern how to be involved in this movement of the Holy Spirit according to the directives of Vatican II and the encyclicals of the Holy Father. We seek dialogue with all members of the Church, with all Christians and seekers of truth.

11. The Affiliation is not an official institute of the Church. It is a voluntary association of people who seek to follow the above guidelines.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER - Methodology

Methods to Facilitate Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative living is a gift of God through the merits of Christ, given in the Holy Spirit. A method of prayer must not be used as a technique but rather as a prayerful means to facilitate the opening of the soul's faculties to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is all a matter of grace.

The following are three methods:

THE JESUS PRAYER: The Gospel prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner," is repeated with your breath continually until the prayer is part of breathing and opens you to divine union. The first part of the prayer is pronounced while inhaling, the last part, "have mercy ... " while exhaling.

THE LECTIO DIVINA: This process of prayer is an ancient one.

  1. You begin by reading a passage from Sacred Scripture.
  2. Read the passage again. This time, you meditate on its meaning for your life.
  3. Read the passage again. Then, you allow the Spirit to pray within you as you express your deepest reactions: your outpourings of faith, hope and love; contrition, adoration etc.
  4. Finally, you allow yourself to enter into the rest of God, consenting to abide in God beyond thoughts and feelings. It is at this point you might use a method like centering prayer or simply remain silent trusting in the Holy Spirit to lead you beyond thoughts into union with God. At any point in the process, you may move into the silence as you are led.

CENTERING-PRAYER:

  1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent in Christ to the Triune God's presence and action within you. Examples of sacred words are: Abba, Father, Jesus, Mary, Love, Yes, Shalom, and so on.
  2. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Settle briefly, and then silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God's presence and action within.
  3. When you become aware of thoughts, sensations, feelings -- any perception whatsoever -- return gently to the sacred word.
  4. At the end of the 20 minute prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes. Conclude the prayer with the recitation of the Our Father.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

VICAR OF ARABIA LETTER OF RECOGNITION



"In the interest of our parishes and the care of our people I wish to say that the Vicariate reaffirms the original Couples for Christ under the leadership of Jose Tale. Any other group using or making reference to CFC other than the original CFC group will not be recognized in our parishes or use the name CFC for any work they undertake."

-- Paul Hinder
Vicar Apostolate of Arabia



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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

2-SIDES OF THE COIN

While the rest of the CFC-world seems to be "moving on" in terms of our Christian Service or choosing a different path to follow, there are still those who are seeking answers regarding the so called "crisis" in our community in this part of the globe.

It is much easier to discern when you can hear the issues answered from the leaders themselves. What better way than to watch and listen to...

CFC Gathering: “An Evening with Joe Tale and Frank Padilla”

2007, Sep 12 - Los Angeles, California

Moderator: Fr. Francis Mendoza

  1. Frank and Joe gives opening talks – Part 1 watch it HERE
  2. Question & Answer Session – Part 2 watch it HERE
  3. Q&A session – Part 3 watch it HERE
  4. Q&A session – Part 4 watch it HERE

CFC Leaders Gathering. “An Evening with Tony Meloto”

2007, Sep 17 - Los Angeles, California

1. Tony Meloto’s talk – CFC Journey listen HERE
2. Tony Meloto’s talk – GK Journey
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3. Tony Meloto’s talk listen HERE
4. Q&A Portion listen HERE

The CFC Situation

An Overview of the Situation

"In the Beginning", A Summary

Saturday, November 10, 2007

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT RETREAT 1

M E R 1
November 8-9, 2007

OBJECTIVE

Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER) is a two‑day weekend activi­ty for couples to discover more intimately the meaning of marriage vocation within the context of God’s plan. The week­end retreat provides time to listen to Christian talks, for couple discussion and most especially prayer and meditation.

STRUCTURE, DYNAMICS AND ELEMENTS

1. Prayer. Being a retreat, the schedule provides adequate time for both common and personal prayer. The retreat is structured in such a way that every activity is centered on Christ. Prayer is an effective way of discovering God’s call with faith and humility.

2. Talks. The retreat provides a series of seven (7) talks focused on examining important areas of Christian marriage and family life. The talks will not only present teachings from the Bible, but practical guidelines will be provided by CFC speakers.

3. Couple Discussion. After each talk is presented, the husband and wife will meet exclusively with one another to discuss and pray about specific aspects of their marriage and family life they need to work on.

4. Action Planning. Towards the end of the retreat, the husband and wife will meet exclusively with one another to discuss and pray about specific aspects of their marriage and family life they need to work on.

5. Fellowship. As part of enhancing the relationship of participating couples and promoting wholesome and healthy entertainment, the retreat provides cou­ples time for interaction as well as program where all couples take part actively.

6. Eucharistic Celebration. To climax the weekend retreat on Sunday, a Holy Mass is celebrated. During the mass, couples renew their marriage vows and offer to God their action plans.



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Group No. 1

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Group No. 2



Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A NEW CFC GLOBAL SITE IS COMING!


Website Launch!

A new, dynamic, interactive, and revitalized Couples for Christ website is going online on December 2, 2007! Watch for it!


WATCH OUT FOR IT!!!

http://cfcglobal.org.ph


Saturday, November 3, 2007

CFC Theme for 2008

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CFC THEME FOR 2008

Dear CFC Brethren:


We are pleased to announce our theme for 2008:


“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34-35


The full of the Bible verse is: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


As we eagerly move on in our mission and face the challenges of the coming year, the Lord is telling us to love especially those who journey with us in our faith-walk.


This is a clear clarion call for all of us. In the face of our trials and difficulties, we are to respond as Jesus would, to love as He does. Love conquers all and forgives all.


The weekend retreats, the first of which is scheduled early in February 2008, will be called the “Disciples Weekend.” To be a disciple requires a great deal of loving. This we commit to do. As Christ’s disciples, we look to the next year with joy and with great anticipation not only to do His work, but also to love His people.


God bless us all.


JOE TALE

For the CFC International Council


October 30, 2007

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Friday, November 2, 2007

CLUSTER 2 FAMILY DAY - Videos

NOVEMBER 2, 2007

Our Theme:
The family binded with love is
HIS GREATEST GLORY!

C L U S T E R 2
FAMILY is our PRIORITY!!!


ORANGE - Chapter D
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Meet the Cluster 2 Chapter D after the presentation!

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C2-CD Naseem Area doing an Interpretive Dance of ABOVE ALL

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C2-CD Riyadh City Area doing a dance medley
Youth For Christ

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Kids For Christ
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YELLOW - Chapter A
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Bakit pati mga Tito boses Sylvia LaTorre?

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Saudi MADRIGAL Singers
GREEN - Chapter B
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Sa dami ng sumayaw ng PAPAYA dance e
ATSARA na lang ang sayaw nina T2 Roel
BLUE - Chapter C
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Pom-pom-pom PAPAYA Dance ulit

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Sa CFC
IN or OUT? Are you IN or OUT?
Ofcourse
IN!
RED - Chapter E
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The Puppet Show (Da Tito's)

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The Real Master of the Show (Da Tita's)

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At kumanta pa sila
F I N A L E

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Eto na Finale ng Rakrakan para kay Lord
Si Tita Evelyn bigay na bigay sa pag-awit at PAGSAYAW!


Thursday, November 1, 2007

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