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Philippines and Vatican City the only countries w/o divorce

What a great honor! The Philippines and Vatican City are the only two countries in the world where divorce is illegal! I do not know if there are any married couples living in Vatican City, but in the Philippines there are millions of them!
The anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist forces will rage against the Philippines as they already rage against the Vatican. The Vatican located in the West overseeing the worldwide Church and the Philippines located in the East fielding its Filipino diaspora throughout the world will more and more constitute the two gravity centers for the defense of the faith and the re-evangelization of the world. As such, the full force of our diabolical enemy will be unleashed against these bastions of Christianity.
There is even more reason to re-evangelize the Philippines during this decade of grace. And let us continue to strongly and aggressively defend traditional marriage and family life.
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Maltese parliament passes divorce legislation

Thaddeus Baklinski Wed Jul 27 16:05 EST Family

VALLETTA, July 27, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The parliament of the officially Catholic island country of Malta voted on Monday to legalize divorce, following a May referendum that saw 53% of voters approve of divorce legislation.

Malta was the only EU member-state that did not allow divorce, now leaving the Philippines and Vatican City as the two remaining countries in the world where divorce is illegal.

The measure was passed by the country’s parliament in a 52 to 11 vote with five abstentions.

Although MPs of the ruling Nationalist Party were allowed to vote according to their conscience, the results came as a blow to Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, who had opposed divorce ahead of the referendum; he had voted against the measure. Nineteen of the 35 Nationalist Party legislators voted in favor of the measure.

It was reported, however, that Gonzi, while not pleased with the result of the vote, acknowledged that amendments to the legislation, which now allows couples who have lived separately for at least four years to file for a divorce, makes it more acceptable than was its original form.

The Catholic Bishops of Malta had urged citizens to vote “no” in the divorce referendum, maintaining that divorce was the “wrong solution” to marital problems.

“A choice in favor of divorce,” wrote the bishops in a pastoral letter in May, “leads to the further destruction of marriage and the family and, as a consequence, the destruction of values and the quality of life.”

Malta, with a population of 410,000, has recognized divorces that were obtained by Maltese couples abroad for about thirty years. Statistics show that approximately 785 Maltese couples have obtained divorces out of the country during this time.

The new legislation is expected to come into effect in October after President George Abela signs it into law.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

u.s. embassy’s cultural terrorism

The US ambassador to the Philippines had a similar gay rights party in Manila. We stand with our Pakistani brethren in condemning such cultural terrorism. The US government is clearly, overtly, aggressively mounting an attack on family and life and against our Judeo-Christian values. The US government under Obama is the worst imperialist neo-colonialist power in the world today.
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Pakistanis denounce U.S. Embassy’s gay rights party as ‘cultural terrorism’

Peter J. Smith Tue Jul 26 15:54 EST Homosexuality

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A U.S. Embassy party in Islamabad billed as a celebration of homosexual rights inflamed conservative Pakistani groups, who condemned the event as an act of “cultural terrorism” aimed at the country’s Islamic values.

The U.S. Embassy held a “gay pride” celebration on June 26, the first ever promotion of homosexual rights by U.S. diplomats in the Islamic nation.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that a coalition of religious and political leaders, including Pakistan’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, released a statement condemning the U.S. government’s homosexual advocacy, calling it the “worst social and cultural terrorism against Pakistan.

The group called it the second most dangerous U.S. attack on Pakistan, following the unmanned drone attacks carried out by U.S. forces on suspected Islamic terrorists.

According to the AP, U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Hoagland hosted the party, which was co-sponsored by Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies. Seventy-five individuals attended the party to show solidarity with homosexuals seeking social and political acceptance in the country.

“I want to be clear: the U.S. Embassy is here to support you and stand by your side every step of the way,” stated Hoagland.

The AP adds that Pakistan’s penal code punishes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” with a fine, prison sentences between two years to life, or both. Homosexual acts may also merit the death penalty under Sharia law.

The embassy’s public revelation of the celebration after the fact provoked protests in major cities across Pakistan, fanning anti-American resentment.

“We condemn the American conspiracy to encourage bisexualism in our country,” said Mohammad Hussain Mehnati, Karachi’s chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, according to the Express Tribune. Over 100 persons reportedly attended the demonstration.

“They have destroyed us physically, imposed the so-called war on terrorism on us and now they have unleashed cultural terrorism on us.”

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

(Part 6)

 

TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE

 

June 15, 2011

Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

 

 

We are supposed to support our Christian community and our Catholic parish with our finances. And while God speaks about the necessity of giving a tithe and calling those who do not do so as thieves, we should not find financial giving as a burden. Rather, it is a great privilege that we can support God’s mission with our money. Thus Paul tells the Corinthians that their financial support should be looked on “as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction.” (2 Cor 9:5b).

Paul then proceeds to explain what our proper attitude should be.

 

First, Paul speaks about a basic principle of financial giving: “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Cor 9:6).

Look at it this way: God pours out blessings upon His people. But He also wants many others to know Him and to become part of His family. This happens as they are evangelized and formed. But that can only happen if there are evangelizers and pastors and many other workers, which in turn can only happen in a significant way if there is money to spend for the work. Consider stipends of catechists, salaries of full-time workers, expenses of an office, travel allowances, rental of venues, etc. (Note: Paul himself did not charge for his work, and in fact was scrupulous in funding his own way.).

So the great and wonderful work of God in bringing His people to salvation and eternal life has, by His own decision, been made dependent on the money His people give. So while God will not withhold needed blessings on all His people, He will bless more those who provide for the financial needs of His body on earth, the Church. The extent of our giving in a way determines the extent of our receiving.

This spiritual principle had been experienced by people through the ages, and even found itself in the scriptures. “One man is lavish yet grows still richer; another is too sparing, yet is the poorer. He who confers benefits will be amply enriched, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Prv 11:24-25).

Now God Himself is even clearer about the giving-receiving principle. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the Lord of hosts: Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessing upon you without measure?” (Mal 3:10). When one gives not just some amount, but the full 10% of his income, God will not just give some blessing, but pull out all the stops and open the floodgates!

Jesus in turn says it this way: “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.” (Lk 6:38a). There you have it again: overflowing, like floodgates opened, with blessings poured down without measure. Then Jesus reiterated the spiritual principle: “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (Lk 6:38b).

Could it be that many Christians today face financial difficulties simply because they have not recognized or lived out this principle? They claim not to have enough for their own needs, and so do not give what they ought to give back to God. But in doing so, they help perpetuate their lack of money and continuing need. This is why God issues a challenge: “try me in this.”

 

Second, when we do decide to give, it should not be looked on as an exaction, something we are forced to do, but a great privilege, as our contribution to the very divine work of God. Think about it. God, who owns the whole universe, who needs nothing from anyone, has made Himself dependent for His divine work upon us and our financial giving. Wow! That is some responsibility. That is an awesome privilege.

So Paul instructs: “Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7). Some Christians give, but grudgingly, or at the very least without joy. But why should that be? Why should we be sad if God gives us such a great privilege? God loves a cheerful giver precisely because He can see that the giver appreciates the privilege. Because now His work on earth can be done. Because now He has the excuse to open the floodgates of blessings, which is what He greatly desires to do.

 

Thirdly, God gives an assurance of another spiritual principle, that of sufficiency and abundance. When we think we do not have enough money (which is what most people think, no matter what their economic status in life is), giving to the Church often becomes the last priority. We justify this by saying we need to eat, to care for our family, to have a comfortable home, and so on. So that is what we prioritize. However, even as our income rises, we also improve our standard of living, and so what we earn is always still not enough to cover our expenses.

How do we get out of that vicious cycle? Well, a simple way is simply a decision to make our giving (tithe or otherwise) the first priority, and then live on what is left. When we do that, here is what God promises, as Paul assured: “Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor 9:8). Do you believe God is all-powerful? Well, He is able to make every grace abundant for you! Wow! What an assurance!

And what is the practical result? You will always have all that you need! All that you need! Always! God says so! That is sufficiency. But there is more. You will have an abundance for every good work. You will have an abundance because God will pour out His bountiful blessings. And God wants you to continue your good work and your support of good works. “You are being enriched in every way for all generosity” (2 Cor 9:11a). Given what God wants to happen in the world, and what He desires to be accomplished through us and our financial support, God then will Himself provide for what is needed for that to happen. This is who our God is: “The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Cor 9:10).

 

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35b). Rightly so. And we should not give simply because we expect to receive even more in return. But know what? God is never outdone in generosity. We give, because we need to, out of our gratitude to God and our commitment to His work. But whether we expect it or not, God will indeed pour out His bountiful blessings upon us. You can count on that.

 

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NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

OUR THEME FOR 2011

(Part 39)

 

NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION

 

June 13, 2011

Today’s readings:

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Psalm 98:1-4

 

 

Our God is a strong God, “whose right hand and holy arm have won the victory.” (Ps 98:1b). This victory is “for the nations to see” (Ps 98:2b), so that “all the ends of the earth (will see) the victory of our God.” (Ps 98:3b).

Jesus won salvation for humankind on the cross, and by his death and resurrection crushed the head of the serpent. Now this salvation is to be proclaimed by his disciples, to the ends of the earth. For us in CFC-FFL, this is our work of rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization.

How do we fulfill God’s call to us?

 

First, we need to realize that the work in now. The work is urgent. It is especially so during this third millennium, when the forces of darkness are on the rampage throughout the world. God raises up His armies, including new ecclesial movements like CFC-FFL. Jesus has made himself dependent upon his disciples to proclaim his salvation. As Paul said, “behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2c). There is no time to lose.

Second, we need to realize that when we do this work, we become engaged is spiritual warfare. And the enemy is powerful. Thus we will be bruised and bloodied. Our work will be done “in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts” (2 Cor 6:4c). Those who expect an easy time will be frustrated. Those who look to only good times will be disappointed. Those who do not persevere will fall by the wayside. Thus we are called to work “through much endurance” (2 Cor 6:4b).

Third, since we do divine work, the very work of God, we must strive to be true witnesses to Jesus, being holy and righteous, with integrity in all our conduct. We are not to be like other Christians or groups that conform more to the world than to the Lord as they profess to serve God, as they resort to lies, malign fellow Christians, and do such unbiblical acts as filing court cases against brethren. For us, we serve in “purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, …. with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left” (2 Cor 6:6-7). It is when we serve in this way that we will be able to act “in the power of God” (2 Cor 6:7b).

Fourth, we must see that there will be ups and downs in the work, that there will be joys and sorrows, triumphs and seeming defeats. When we are down, we simply allow God to pick us up. When we feel empty, that is a great opportunity for God to fill us up. Again, we simply endure and persevere, knowing that the victory already belongs to the Lord. When we have this posture, nothing can ever bring us down. In fact, we can see the good in the seeming bad, the redemption in the suffering, the joy in the sorrow. It is all part of the one package, which we are privileged to receive. Thus we experience “glory and dishonor, insult and praise. We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.” (2 Cor 6:8-10).

 

How can the enemy defeat us if we truly become Christ-like and if we are prepared for anything? By being Christ-like we become properly formed as Jesus’ servants through whom God will show His glory (Is 49:3). By being prepared for anything, and willing to embrace redemptive suffering, the enemy cannot afflict us enough so as to discourage us and make us quit the fight. When we fall or fail, we will never think we have “toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly spent (our) strength” (Is 49:4a). Instead, we will always have hope and trust in the Lord, knowing that our “reward is with the Lord, (our) recompense is with (our) God.” (Is 49:4b).

When God calls, He equips. When God raises up and restores, He is about a mighty plan. God intends to make His people His “light to the nations, that (His) salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6b).

God raised CFC in 1981 and restored CFC-FFL in 2007 (Is 49:6a) in order to establish His servant, in order to accomplish His purpose. Now, in 2011, as we celebrate our 30th year, God is pouring out the fullness of His strength, in order that His salvation may be proclaimed to all. “‘In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.’ Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2).

We have reached the crossroad. The time is now. The fullness of God’s grace is being offered. “Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (2 Cor 6:1). Let us get to work and give it our all, in the strength of God.

 

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POWER TO RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

OUR THEME FOR 2011

(Part 38)

 

POWER TO RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH

 

Pentecost Sunday

June 12, 2011

 

Today’s readings:

Acts 2:1-11

Psalm 104:1-34

1 Corinthians 12:3-13

John 20:19-23

 

 

Our God is the awesome God of power and strength. “If God glares at the earth, it trembles, if God touches the mountains, they smoke!” (Ps 104:32). Our God created the whole universe, in its immense and majestic diversity (Ps 104:2b-26). We are totally dependent upon God (Ps 104:29). It is the breath of God that makes beings live (Ps 104:30a). And God, continually looking upon His creation, desiring His creation to reflect His awesome majesty and glory, continues to “renew the face of the earth.” (Ps 104:30b).

God continues to breathe upon His people to bring about renewal. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, he appeared to his disciples and gave them the commission to continue his work of bring salvation to people. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (Jn 20:21). Since they were being given divine work, they needed a power beyond themselves. So Jesus “breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit.’” (Jn 20:22).

Then it was the turn of the larger group of disciples. The apostles had been instructed to wait for the promise of the Father, to wait to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. In the upper room in Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost, it happened. The breath of God came “like a strong driving wind” (Acts 2:2). Then “tongues as of fire …. came to rest on each of them.” (Acts 2:3). “And they were filled with the holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4a).

Gathered in Jerusalem at that time “were devout Jews from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). As the disciples spoke in tongues, they heard them speaking in their own languages (Acts 2:6). They heard “them speaking in (their) own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” (Acts 2:11b).

The worldwide mission of the Church was launched. The disciples went on to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus to the whole world. God had breathed upon His people, fired them up with passion, and empowered them for mission. God triggered the process of evangelization for the renewal of the face of the earth.

 

For this worldwide mission, God equipped His people. He gave them spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11). These charismatic gifts are gifts for service. They are intended to build up the body, so that it might be united (1 Cor 12:12-13) and equipped for the work of evangelization and mission.

God’s purpose and ways today are still the same, for His work is until the end of the age, until the Lord Jesus comes again in glory. God’s purpose is the same, “that (His) salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6c). Thus He raises His people as His servant through whom He will show His glory (Is 49:3). He makes His light shine forth through His people (Is 49:6b).

God raised us in 1981, restored us in 2007, and now, 30 years later, reiterates our call and mission, intended by God from all eternity. As we do our work, equipped and fired up by the Holy Spirit, as this is God’s own work, done in His own power, then we will be “made glorious in the sight of the Lord, and (our) God is now (our) strength!” (Is 49:5c).

 

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Assignment: read and study the book “Renewing the Face of the Earth.” It is about our work of worldwide evangelization. It explains the Great Commission, taken from the four gospels and the book of Acts. It expounds on the baptism in the Spirit, including the spiritual gifts and the gift of tongues. We need to understand how God intends to renew the face of the earth, so that we can act accordingly.

DOING THE WORKS OF GOD

            FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

OUR THEME FOR 2011

(Part 35)

 

DOING THE WORKS OF GOD

May 3, 2010

Today’s reading: John 14:6-14

 

 

      Jesus says: “The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.” (Jn 14:10c). And what were those works? Giving commands to nature that were obeyed, driving out demons, raising the dead. These were works done in the strength of God!

Now Jesus says something astounding. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.” (Jn 14:12). Wow! Believers will do the very works of Jesus! Thus the apostles drove out demons, and both Peter and Paul raised the dead. Why? Because Jesus went to the Father, that is, he ascended into heaven, leaving the continuation of his work to his disciples, those who believe in him. Jesus commissioned the apostles, and thus all his followers, to proclaim the good news of salvation won on the cross. Believers who respond to Jesus’ call step into his very sandals, and continue with his very work of salvation.

Now Jesus also said that believers will do even greater works than he did. None of his disciples of course can surpass the works of power he manifested during his public ministry. This refers to the greater magnitude of the work. While Jesus did his ministry in a limited geographic area in Israel, his disciples would bring his work to the ends of the earth.

Jesus also said, “And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” (Jn 14:13-14). What an awesome promise!

Now this is not a case of reciting a formula, ending our prayer of petition with “In Jesus’ name we pray.” What it means to pray in Jesus’ name is that we pray according to the will of God. It is a prayer where what we pray to happen will glorify God through Jesus. It is a prayer of a servant through whom God shows His glory (Is 49:3). It is a prayer for deeds that will greatly exalt Jesus, such that at his name every knee should bend and every tongue confess that he is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:10-11). Jesus will grant our prayer asked in his name, to that God may be glorified.

How is God glorified? When all the nations on earth acknowledge Him as Lord and King, and give Him the worship that is His due. How can this happen? It happens as the disciples of Jesus go forth and proclaim the good news of salvation in him, so that those who hear will believe and call on his name, and thus be saved.

We have been called to evangelize and do mission, to be a light to the nations that God’s salvation may reach to the ends of the earth (Is 49:6b). We are called to rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. We can only be effective if we work in the strength of God.

And so we pray: “Lord, may your strength be our strength. May what we do for the kingdom give glory to you. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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FACE-OFF WITH THE ENEMY

            FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

OUR THEME FOR 2011

(Part 34)

 

FACE-OFF WITH THE ENEMY

 

May 2, 2011

Today’s readings:

Acts 4:23-31

Psalm 2:1-9

We serve an awesome God. He is the “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 4:24b). As His servants, we engage in spiritual warfare against the forces of the enemy. This is the face-off. “The kings of the earth took their stand and the princes gathered together against the Lord and against his anointed.” (Acts 4:26).

These forces of the enemy are also very powerful. In the fight for the culture of life, these forces of the enemy include the US government led by Obama, the European Union, elements of the United Nations, billionaire philanthropists, international liberal media, giant abortion providers, homosexualist groups. These forces of the enemy seriously threaten family and life, our Judeo-Christian faith, and our societies. They have their diabolical agenda, and continue to plot in order to force their agenda on the world. They seek to impose the culture of death, and destroy every good that God has brought about. “Kings on earth rise up and princes plot together against the Lord and his anointed.” (Ps 2:2).

Thus on our own we would be easily defeated. Thus we look to the Lord’s strength. “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 5:29-30).

So we look to the Lord’s strength, knowing that He is already victorious. Though we might be greatly disturbed and even terrified by the works of the evil one, God certainly is not. “The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord derides them.” (Ps 2:4). But God also does not take their threats lightly. They are out to destroy His works. God in turn will destroy them. “Then (God) speaks to them in anger, terrifies them in wrath.” (Ps 2:5).

How do we tap on to the Lord’s strength?

Basically, we need to be profoundly connected to Him. We need to truly be His people. We must acknowledge Him as Savior, as Lord, as Master, as our all. We must worship Him, acknowledging Him as King of kings, the One who is omnipotent. We must keep ourselves connected to Him in prayer. Then we can experience the awesome power of God that the early disciples experienced. “As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31).

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit, who emboldens us to become true witnesses who will proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus to the whole world. The Holy Spirit is the breath that renews the face of the earth. The Holy Spirit keeps us on track along the path of holiness and righteousness. The Holy Spirit strengthens and encourages us in the face of challenges, persecution, oppressions, suffering and pain.

We must know who or what we are called to be. We are servants of Christ who are evangelizers and missionaries. We are soldiers who go into the thick of the spiritual war that is raging in the heavens and on earth. We are instruments that God wields in order to defeat the works of the evil one. We are a people through whom God manifests His glory.

We are those who proclaim: “My God is now my strength!”

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