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This September, we focus on two important virtues embedded in our CFC 2017 theme focus – STRENGTH and COURAGE!!! Please Lord, help me get one more! This is the famous battlecry of Private Desmond Doss, a medic in the US Army’s 307th Infantry, 77th Division as he lifted another of his wounded comrades and carried 75 of them to safety amidst the shells that burst and bullets that flew through the Okinawa air on May 1, 1945 in the beautiful true to life movie of faith, strength and courage that is Hacksaw Ridge (Movie of the Month).
In the spiritual battle called LIFE in CFC USA, this should be our Evangelization battlecry: Please Lord, help me get one more! The venerable Fulton J Sheen once said: The best way to get to heaven is to bring someone with you, and another, and another, and another… This is the true spirit of Evangelization, and we are all blessed to be given the opportunity through our CFC USA family to be light of Christ to others in this world by volunteering in local and international missions, spreading God’s good news through our CLPs, Gateway programs, and of course by the witness of our lives.
My prayer is that we be inspired by the examples of St Anthony Mary Claret (Saint of the Month) in this month’s teaching about the Missionary Zeal by Fr. Ed Broom of Hacksaw Ridge’s Private Desmond Doss (Why not have a Household movie night with the Holy Spirit…and popcorn). May the Great Commission truly be our Great Completion as we pray for God’s grace to enable us to get one more….
In Christ through Mary,
Bro. Toffee Jeturian
Indeed God is FAITHFUL! Last October 22-23, 2016 was an unforgettable and blessed weekend for 5 couple-members of Couples for Christ (CFC) Hawaii. Love conquered them as they renewed their love in a back-to-back Marriage Enrichment Retreats (MER) I and II held at the Saint Anthony Retreat Center in Honolulu. The service team members who spent long hours of planning were all inspired as well. We were also blessed with dedicated leaders and speakers from CFC Southern and Northern California.
The MERs have various elements that work together in order to provide the couple‑participants with an overall environment that is conducive to learning about and living out God’s plan and call to them. These elements are PRAYER, TEACHINGS, COUPLE DISCUSSIONS AND ACTION PLANNING.
The couple participants were also given time to share their experiences, insights and learning from the retreat.
The summit of the retreat was when the couples proceeded to the Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus to attend a Mass and be given a special blessing and renewal of marriage vows by Rev. Father Gregorio Honorio.
The back-to-back MERs were truly life-giving experiences to reaffirm God’s love and mercy to every FAMILY. The MERs inspired so much hope and brought about healing each couples’ marriage.
If you want to know more about Couples for Christ, e-mail Rico and Vinya Manianglung at firstname.lastname@example.org.