Happy new year, dear readers. I wish you the choicest blessings in 2013. It's time for a new thread, and I think it's best to be sure that we help the Legion and RC Movement with transparency, which is a integral part of honesty. There are some new apostolates that we should keep track of -- some above board with the RC affiliation, others less so.
The Cana Family Institute has been launched to help families, and goodness knows the family can always use help. It seems to be an offshoot of Familia, which is in a no-man's land of affiliation that few can understand at present. I found the bullet points interesting, though, considering the history most of us have endured with the Legion:
1. Assisting parents in developing a strong family structure.
2. Promoting unity in thought word and action between spouses.
3. Helping parents to motivate young people towards religious, moral, psychological and social maturity.
4. Fostering the awareness of the need for Christ and the Church in daily life.
5. Promoting access to the teachings of the Church concerning marriage and family life.
Ah well. We've been through the marriage tension created through Legionary advice -- both in the confessional and in spiritual direction. There is the wedge between spouses, not to mention the abuse of trust when LC's and 3gf's discuss vocations with the children. I hope that these things are cleared up when the CCI is invited to help your families.
For some reason, members of RC are promoting a retreat offered through Fr Philippe, which looks wonderful:
The Marriage Renewal Weekend with Father Jacques Philippe is quickly approaching. Rooms are still available. If you are interested in taking your prayer life and marriage to the next level, please register for the weekend retreat in March. In addition to local couples, we have couples from Michigan and Mexico who will be attending.
Even if they are co-sponsors, it could be harmless, but one should always keep an eye out.
Fr Bartunek has a new book out, co-authored with Dan Burke, which looks wonderful. Ironically, it's on spiritual direction, which has been an Achilles Heel for decades in the Legion. There is no mention that Fr Bartunek is a Legionary priest (that I can see on the link) or that Mr Burke was closely associated with the Movement. If they have left, it would be helpful to readers to know where they stand, especially since the Vatican report on the group specifically pointed out that spiritual direction was problematic in this group. The book may be solid, but transparency shouldn't be a problem as related to a topic that is founded on ... transparency.
Finally, prayers are in order for Fr Alvaro, who is undergoing medical testing in CT. A medical crisis is a frightening thing, and God's grace is all-powerful. Those who can should lift him up, to show our sincere love for a brother in Christ. We must show how authentic faith is expressed, apart from those who have used it to deceive and manipulate others. In the end, we are all beggars before God.
ADDENDUM: Btw, a friend and I are leading a study group using this program, which is wonderful. Highly recommended!