What is Couples For Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFCFFL)
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) is an international private association of lay faithful, doing its work in many countries, having many different nationalities as active members, and officially recognized by the Catholic Church hierarchy. Its primary work is evangelization, founded on family renewal. In this, it focuses on renewing the family and defending life, as well as participating in the work of building the Church of the Poor.
Trusting in the Lord’s help and guidance:
1. I shall live as a follower of Christ.
Pray and read the Bible daily.
Strive for holiness and Christian perfection.
2. I dedicate myself to the task of building a strong family for Christ.
Invest myself in time and effort for home and family.
Live out and defend the culture of life.
3. I shall be a committed and active member of Couples for Christ.
Faithfully attend meetings and participate in community events.
Give generously of my time and finances for the furtherance of our mission.
Undergo all formation courses.
Relate in love, loyalty and respect with all members of the CFC family.
4. I shall be a witness to the world of God’s love.
Actively evangelize and do mission.
Love and serve my parish.
Love and care for the poor.
May the Lord Jesus Christ, with the intercession of our blessed Mother Mary, help me to faithfully live this covenant, for His greater honor and glory and for the good of my brothers and sisters.
CFC-FFL Vision and Mission
We are an evangelistic and missionary community committed to become families empowered by the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth.
We strive for holiness of life, as we commit to renew the temporal order through our work with the poor, our work for justice, and our work for life.
We are a servant of the Church, working to renew her children through every generation and throughout the world, until the Lord returns once again.
CFC-FFL adheres to a set of beliefs and ideals from which flow its Christian attitudes, values and behavior, as well as its programs, teachings and approaches to Christian renewal within the context of family relationships.
WE BELIEVE in marriage as an indissoluble institution as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ (Mt 19:6). WE BELIEVE that God created marriage primarily for love between man and woman, and for the procreation and proper rearing of children.
WE BELIEVE that God created man and wife with equal personal worth and dignity. WE BELIEVE that God ordained order in the family by giving the man the role as head of the family and the woman as helpmate and support, which roles best express their complementarity.
WE BELIEVE in the inalienable and irreplaceable right and responsibility of parents to educate their children. WE BELIEVE that children need to be educated in essential human and Christian values for them to become responsible and mature members of society.
WE BELIEVE that the family, in practicing the gospel message, shares in the life and mission of the Church—through prayers, evangelization, and service to others, especially the poor.
WE BELIEVE that Christian family renewal can best be achieved by inviting Jesus to be the Lord of our homes, by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to lead our family lives, and through the full use of all spiritual gifts at our disposal.
CFC-FFL Core Values
Our Core Values describe who we are and what we are called to do in the world. They provide parameters and constant guideposts in our moving on in our life and mission.
1. Centered on Christ.
In everything that we are and do, we look to Jesus, who is our Savior and Lord. Jesus is our model in our obedience to the Father, in our faithfulness to His call, and to total submission to His divine will. And as He who called us is holy, we ourselves will strive for holiness of life (1 Pt 1:15-16), and look to exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in our day-to-day lives (Gal 5:22-23).
2. Evangelistic and missionary.
We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the whole world (Mk 16:15). We are his witnesses (Lk 24:48). Every CFC-FFL member is an evangelizer, in the normal day-to-day environments of our lives. We look to doing mission beyond our own environments to the very ends of the earth.
3. Focused on the family.
Our life and mission is founded on strong families in Christ. We recognize that the future of humanity passes by way of the family. We defend and strengthen Christian marriage, we raise our children to be the next generation of God’s people, we establish our homes as pieces of Kingdom ground. In our defense of the family, we are called to a strong advocacy and defense of the culture of life.
4. Being community.
We are part of the larger family of CFC-FFL, a global family of many different nationalities and cultures but all sharing brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ. We desire to move forward together in our life in the Lord, providing love, affirmation, friendship, support and healing. We are committed to the good of our brethren, always living the truth in love (Eph 4:15).
5. Living a preferential option for the poor.
We recognize Jesus’ mission to bring glad tidings to the poor (Lk 4:18). We look to both the spiritual and material upliftment of the least among our brethren. In doing so, we will be in solidarity with the poor by striving to live a simple lifestyle, to share our resources, and to fight for social justice in the world.
6. Exercising servant leadership.
We are privileged to serve God and His people, both in and out of CFC-FFL. We serve with the mind and heart of Jesus, who came to serve and not to be served (Mt 20:28). Leaders are to serve with humility, self-sacrifice and submission to the Chief Shepherd, to whom we will render an account (Hb 13:17). He who wishes to be great shall be the least of all (Mt 20:26-27).
7. Being a servant to the Church.
We in CFC-FFL are an integral part of the Catholic Church. We are submitted to our bishops and to the pope. Our life, formation and service will conform to Catholic values and ideals. We make ourselves available to be of service in the parishes and dioceses, especially in the areas of family and life. We look to Mary, the mother of the Church, as our inspiration and help.