COSL Pastoral Letter
Community Circular No 0703-2018
These are times that challenge our souls. We could not imagine that a time would come that would test our faith in our own backyard, the predominantly Catholic Philippines. But fear not says the Lord for He defends us not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit. (Zech. 4:6)
Everything in life happens for a purpose, nothing occurs without the permission of God. He is certain in our uncertainty. He is the Truth in our confusion. He is the Way to peace. He is in control.
Many have already stated their positions in the current attack to our deep tradition of Christian faith. And they have helped us in our own reflection. To add to such comforting words from no other than our Chairman, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Serviam CCC Foundation, the Council of Servant Leaders is of one mind and one heart in issuing this guideline. Let us invoke the Holy Spirit always to lead us in our thoughts, words and action. How can this be achieved amidst so many distractions? Foremost is to focus on the Lord. Be attentive to His leadings, as Mary ponders with us. Ask ourselves: What will Jesus in me do in this situation? Ask Him to think in our mind, to look with our eyes, to speak in our voice and to move in our actions.
We are one body in Christ, but of different spiritual gifts, passion, abilities, personality and experiences. (Rom12:5) Let us express our inclinations, but always subjecting them to Jesus in us.
To those who are gifted with the language facility, let us articulate our faith with boldness but in humility, sift truth from errors, proclaim the good things the Lord has done for us and our family down the generations.
To those with a compassionate heart, continue to serve joyfully, give generously, reach out in evangelical mission. Make this world better.
To the youth, you are uniquely created for something great you keep on searching for. Remain respectful and build your life on solid Christian faith where you will find the true meaning and joy of life.
To servant leaders in the family, at work or in the community, let us show God’s love in action,
shepherd the disturbed and lost toward Christian values, exhorting them amidst viciousness we
see and hear in the media.
And in all these, we pray spirit to Spirit, in intensified intercession, loving God with all our heart,
soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30), thanking Him in all circumstances, repairing the scourges
and thorns Jesus continues to suffer in His passion, and worshipping Him in spirit and in truth.
We are in a spiritual warfare, but fear not for Jesus has already bought us at a price. It is done.
(1 Cor 6:20)
In adversity, moments of grace spring up.
Yours in Christ,
Tommy and Lulu Carrasco
Community Servant Leaders