This is about a lay response to our bishops’ call. It focuses on reaching out to those among us whose faith-life has been largely eroded and even lost due to the surrounding confusion, moral relativism, doubt, agnosticism; reaching out to those who have drifted from the Faith and the Church, and have joined other religious sects. Its focus is on re-evangelizing nominal, cultural or lapsed Catholics. Its goal is to bring Catholics back to Christ and to an active life in the parish.
Evangelized Catholics will then care for their children and families, will live a preferential option for the poor, and will be the warm bodies that will do missio ad gentes.
This is the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) Mission. It is intended for Catholics to meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ. It is designed for rapid and massive evangelization, accompanied by the systematic empowerment of laypeople to participate in the work.
It is hoped that through this mission, the Church will be able to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization. In this way, the Catholic Church will truly become a missionary Church.
LCSC is also ready to provide formation as needed. We have ready programs for youth, for married couples, for migrants, for Bible appreciation, for pro-life advocacy, for work with the poor, and for leaders’ formation.
In particular, LCSC would like to present 4 basic pillars that can supplement its work in the parish. These are: (1) Live Pure, (2) Live the Word, (3) Live Life, and (4) Live Full.
Proclaiming the gospel of PURITY.
“Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.” (1 Jn 3:3)
The challenge: The culture of death will more and more bring young people into sexual licentiousness. The next generation is seriously under threat. How can we protect and empower our young people to live for Christ?
Live Pure is a movement for chastity for the youth. Young people are helped to strive for purity of mind, eyes, speech and body, as they live out the values of human dignity, relationships, waiting and love.
Live the Word
Proclaiming the gospel of PERFECTION.
“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48)
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tm 3:16-17)
The challenge: Catholics are very weak on knowing and using the Bible, the very word of God. But ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ. How can Catholics grow to Christian perfection without the Bible?
Live the Word is a program that promotes the Liturgical Bible Study method of appreciating and studying the scriptures. It is a practical method of doing Bible study in small groups, as well as in the family setting.
Proclaiming the gospel of PROSPERITY.
“Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity” (Dt 30:15a)
“Then the Lord, your God, will generously increase your undertakings, the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil; for the Lord, your God, will again take delight in your prosperity” (Dt 30:9)
The challenge: Life and prosperity go with having a covenant with God. On the other hand, the culture of death brings with it economic woes, hitting the poor the hardest. How can we defend and promote the culture of life, thereby ensuring the prosperity that God desires for His people?
Live Life is advocacy for faith, family and life. It staunchly opposes reproductive health forces that promote a culture of death.
Proclaiming the gospel of POVERTY.
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.” (Lk 6:20b-21a)
The challenge: Most of the people of the world are poor, and living beneath their dignity as children of God. But there are enough resources in the world to satisfy the needs of all. How can Christians share what they have so that there is no one in need, so that all may be fulfilled (full-filled)?
Live Full is about building the Church of the Poor. As the icon of poverty is hunger, then the opposite is a full stomach. More than that, this work looks to building parish-based communities through holistic development, providing shelter, health, education, livelihood and values formation. In the model of the first Christian community, the haves share with the have-nots, thus also sharing in the blessing. “Those who give alms will enjoy a full life.” (Tb 12:9b).