Monday, March 31, 2008



The International Council would like to issue the following news bulletin in response to text messages circulating that our Executive Director, Joe Tale, is now confined in a Singapore hospital.

Joe Tale fell ill while in Singapore to give talks during the Singapore CFC Disciples Weekend scheduled this weekend (March 28-30. 2008). He was brought to the Mount Alvernia Hospital. He is now being treated for malaria which he may have contracted during his recent trip to Papua New Guinea.

He is now stable but is expected to stay in the hospital for the week. Babylou is with him, as well as Melo and Nini Villaroman.

The International Council would like to request everyone to be one in prayer with us for Joe’s immediate and full recovery. God bless us all.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Works of J B Phillips

presented here with the kind permission of Mrs Vera Phillips
and the J B Phillips Estate

The Books and Writings of J B Phillips

for Schools, 1962 edition. A much-loved translation; the story of the Gospels and Acts, the meaning of the Letters, including Paul's, and Revelation, were never easier to read or clearer
1956 edition. Deeply thought-provoking and provocative, 50 years on and as vital to the future of the Church and the World as then. In my view, J B Phillips' Christian writings have an even more important role to play than those of C S Lewis

My interest in J B Phillips came from using his highly-readable translation of the New Testament (bought secondhand for 10 pence) to explore the Gospels, Acts, Letters and the Apocalypse for my own purposes. The results of my researches follow:

The Story of Jesus
- the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John rearranged by Subject & Date Order in 40 Parts, and the Early Church - Acts, all 21 Letters & Revelation rearranged by Subject & Date Order in 71 Parts

What Jesus was Recorded as Saying
the New Testament with His words in red
Collected Verses on Christian Life and Worship
under 200 subject areas
People, Places, Customs, Concepts, Journeys
the New Testament with integrated notes and maps
Questions about the New Testament
What was happening in the world in New Testament times?
Who wrote the Books? When? Where? Why?
Where are the Old Testament verses in the New Testament?
What happened to the apostles?
Where are all the locations mentioned in the New Testament?
How did the New Testament come down to us?

To download "Harmony: The Story of Jesus and the Early Church",
Click Here

IN HIS STEPS - March 2008

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Courtesy of T2 Joey/Ta Grace

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Reprinted from the CFC News Supplement in the CBCP Monitor
March 3-16, 2008

Download the PDF copy HERE.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Song: LOVE ONE ANOTHER (CFC Theme for 2008)

Listen, learn and teach our theme song for 2008. The song is based from CFC`s theme this year "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 13:34-35)

Love One Another

Now the Son of Man is glorified
And God is glorified in Him
And if God is glorified in Him
He will glorify Him in Himself
And He will glorify, glorify Him at once

I give you a new commandment. Love one another.
As I have loved you, you must also love one another.
This is how they will know that you are my disciples
If you love one another.

(Repeat all)

..And He will glorify, glorify Him at once


(Guitar Only)
I give you a new commandment, love one another
As I have loved you, you must also love one another

(All intruments)
I give you a new commandment, love one another
As I have loved you, you must also love one another
This is how they will know that you are My disciples
If you love one another.

.. Love one another


Download the .mp3 file here (right-click the link, choose Save Link As/Save Target)

Posted by RP Tesoro at SFC Music Outpost

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Our Daily Study of the Catechism - FAITH (4 of 21)


4. Faith and creeds

The Church has always summarized the object of faith (what she believes) in her creeds, especially the first and most basic one, the Apostles’ Creed, which we recite at the beginning of each Rosary;and the Nicene Creed,which we recite in every Sunday Mass.

They are called “creeds” because they begin with “I believe,” which in Latin is “credo.”

The ultimate object of faith is not creeds, but God. Creeds define what we believe about God. (They do not define God himself. God cannot be defined. Only finite things can be defined.) The Catechism says: “We do not believe in formulas, but in those realities they express . . .” (C 170).St.Thomas Aquinas says:“The believer’s act of faith does not terminate in propositions but in realities.” Creeds are like accurate road maps; they are necessary but they are not sufficient.Looking at a road map is no substitute for taking the trip.

So “[f]aith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God” (C 150). But “[at] the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed”(C 150). We believe all the truths God has revealed to us (which are summarized in the creeds) because we believe God,“who can neither deceive nor be deceived.”

Monday, March 3, 2008

Our Daily Study of the Catechism - FAITH (3 of 21)


3. The act of faith and the object of faith

What do we mean by “faith”?

We must distinguish the human act of faith from the divine object of faith, our faith from The Faith, the act of believing from the truth believed.

The act of faith is ours. It is our choice to believe or not to believe.

To believe what? What God has revealed, divine revelation.That is the object of faith.

The act of faith is relative to its object.We don’t “just believe,” we believe God. And we don’t just believe any god, we believe the true God, the Father of Jesus Christ, as revealed to us by the Church, her creeds, and her Bible.

The Catechism describes the act of faith this way: “Faith is a personal act – the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself” (C 166). Faith is a response to data, to what has been given (data means “things given”) to us by God – that is, a response to divine revelation. Faith is not some feeling we work up within ourselves. Faith has data just as much as science does. But the data of faith are not the kind of thing the scientific method can discover, or prove, or comprehend. God does not fit into a test tube. He is not visible to the eye,only to the mind (when it is wise) and to the heart (when it is holy).

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Our Daily Study of the Catechism - FAITH (2 of 21)


2. The role of faith in religion

One of the explanations given of the word “religion” is that it comes from religare in Latin and means “relationship” – relationship with God.

All religions have three aspects: creed, cult, and code; words, worship, and works; theology, liturgy, and morality.

Thus there are three parts to this course in the Catholic religion:

1) what Catholics believe,

2) how Catholics pray, and

3) how Catholics live.

These are also the three concerns of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (The Catechism divides the second concern into two: public worship and private prayer; thus it has four Parts.)

The whole of religion stems from faith. Morality is living the faith. Liturgy is the celebration of the faith. Prayer is what faith does.

The Catholic Faith is summarized in the twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed.

Catholic liturgy is summarized in the Mass and seven sacraments.

Catholic prayer is summarized in the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.

Catholic morality is summarized in the Ten Commandments.

The Apostles’ Creed is the teaching of Christ and his apostles. It specifies what we believe when we believe Christ’s teachings.

The Ten Commandments specify the way to obey Christ’s two great commandments: to love God and neighbor.

The Mass makes Christ really present and the sacraments are his actions.

The Lord’s prayer is Christ’s answer to his disciples’ plea:“Teach us to pray.”

So the whole Catholic Faith is summarized in Christ.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Our Daily Study of the Catechism - FAITH (1 of 21)


1. Why we need faith

We need faith because our world is full of death.

And so are we. Each one of us will die. So will each nation. Many individuals and nations will also kill. Our world has always been a world at war with itself, because it has been at war with God.“We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves.And we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God” (Thomas Merton).

Human nature does not change.Today we live in what the Vicar of Christ has called “the culture of death,” a culture that kills children before birth and kills childhood after birth, kills innocence and faithfulness and families.

What is the answer to this culture of death?

Faith.The Catholic Faith is the answer.

Faith in the God who has not left us in the dark but has revealed himself as our Creator; who, out of his love, designed us for a life of love, in this world and in the next.

Faith in the Gospel, the Good News of the man who said he was God come down from heaven to die on the Cross to save us from sin and to rise from the grave to save us from death.

Faith in the Church he left us as his visible body on earth, empowered by his Spirit, authorized to teach in his name,with his authority:to invite us to believe the truth of his Gospel, to live the life of his love, and to celebrate the sacraments of his presence.

This Church is our only sure and certain light in this beautiful but broken world.

Faith is the answer to fear. Deep down we are all afraid: of suffering, or of dying, or of God’s judgment, or of the unknown, or of weakness, or of our lives’ slipping out of our control, or of not being understood and loved. We sin because we fear.We bully because we are cowards.

Faith casts out fear,as light casts out darkness.God has shone his light into our world, and it is stronger than darkness (Jn 1:5).

That light is Jesus Christ.



March 02 4th Sunday of Lent

March 07 First Friday of March (n/a)

March 09 5th Sunday of Lent

March 16 Palm Sunday

March 20 Holy Thursday

March 21 Good Friday

March 22 Easter Vigil

March 23 Easter Sunday

March 30 2nd Sunday of Easter

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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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