is the CFCFFL?
Movement for Restoration
Mission and Vision
Our Statement of philosophy
for Family and Life (KFL)
for Family and Life (YFL)
for Family and Life (SFL)
for Family and Life (HFL)
for Family and Life (SvFL)
highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity,
choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over
Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for THERE IS
NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
Bishop Soc Villegas
25 July 2007
WHO WE ARE, WHAT
all of our 29 years, we have spoken much of our vision and
mission, who we are, what we are called to do. We know that we are
an evangelistic and missionary community. This has been true from
the very beginning and has never changed. We do our work within
the context of family renewal. That is one distinct factor that
distinguishes us from other renewal movements.
Since the crisis of 2007, God has raised a remnant, faithful to
its authentic charism. Now we are known as Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL). Our basic charism and
mission has not changed, but has been refined. Now, as an
evangelistic and missionary community, we are tasked with renewing
the family and defending life. This actually is the crucial task
of the Church in this third millennium.
As CFC-FFL, aside from our vision and mission statements, our
statement of philosophy, our covenant, we also have our Core
Values. These Core Values are: (1) Centered on Christ, (2)
Evangelistic and missionary, (3) Focused on the Family, (4) Being
Community, (5) Living a Preferential Option for the Poor, (6)
Exercising servant Leadership, and (7) Being a Servant to the
Church. All these are our guideposts in ensuring that we move
forward according to God’s plan for us.
Now, in the challenging work of this third millennium, I want to
use the initials “CFC-FFL” to summarize who we are and what we
are called to do.
First, what we are called to do. What is our mission? What we are
called to do can be summed up by three letters: F, F and L. These
stand for faith, family and life.
Our work of evangelization is about a renewal of faith. It is
first and foremost re-evangelization, where we bring nominal or
lapsed Catholics to a renewal of their faith, through
transformation in Christ and empowerment by the Holy Spirit. This
is the foremost challenge, as many Christians today are no longer
truly Christian, even for those who still go through the motions
of Christian activities. Catholics need to know Christ and the
power of his resurrection. They need to be true disciples of
Jesus. They must be walking along the path of holiness and
Then we evangelize within the context of the renewal of the
family. The family is the basic unit of society, and what happens
within the family is what determines the kind of people who live
their lives in society. If a home is dysfunctional, then parents
and children also bring that dysfunction into society. If however
a home is truly a place of Kingdom ground, then the Church is able
to produce the saints that she needs in order to become light and
leaven. In this work of renewing the family, we provide strong
support environments for every member of the family--the kids, the
youth, the singles, the couples, the handmaids and the servants.
Finally, we are called to defend life. The fight of this third
millennium is all about the culture of death, which the anti-life,
anti-family, homosexualist forces are imposing on society and the
world. This is the final assault of the evil one, who wages
all-out war on the Author of life. We have been thrust into this
savage conflict, and we are to give our all in defending and
promoting the culture of life.
What then are we called to do? What then is our mission? It is to
defend, preserve, strengthen, renew and celebrate faith, family
Now that is quite a task. For us to become the effective
instruments that God intends us to be, we need to become a
particular kind of Catholic. We need to be formed according to
God’s will and plan. We need to be clear about our identity,
about who we truly are.
I would then sum this up in three letters: C, F and C.
The first “C” is being “Centered on Christ.” This is the
most basic posture. We live for Christ, and we die for Christ. We
serve Christ. We obey the final commission of Jesus, to go into
the whole world and proclaim the good news of salvation in him. We
strive to become true disciples. We strive to grow in holiness, to
be another Christ. We are his witnesses, to the ends of the earth.
The “F” stands for “Faithful to covenant.” Aside from our
covenant with God as Catholics, we have a particular covenant as
CFC-FFL. This describes our way of life, so that we can truly
become the people that God wants us to become, so He can use us
according to His eternal plan. We understand the importance of our
life as a community, and we commit to live out our lives as
brothers and sisters in Christ, as co-workers in the Kingdom, as
comrades-in-arms in the battle that is at hand. Our community life
is our priority. Our covenant is our solemn commitment to God.
The second “C” refers to “Carrying the cross.” The cross
is at the core of our work. It is an integral component of the
call to discipleship. It is the gospel that we proclaim. We
realize that responding to God’s call to us will involve us in
hardships, oppression, persecution, suffering and pain. This is
the very path of Jesus. As such, we know that such suffering is
redemptive. And so we rejoice in the cross of Jesus Christ. The
cross is what strengthens our commitment, as it purifies us,
humbles us, and keeps us depended on Christ and focused on the
mission at hand.
Who are we and what are we called to do? The initials of our very
name say it all.
-- Centered on Christ
-- Faithful to covenant
-- Carrying the cross
our Lord bless us and empower us, as we respond to His call, and
give of ourselves totally for His greater honor and glory.