This year's theme

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CFC

CFC is a global community of family evangelizers dedicated to the defense of the family. It is recognized by the Vatican as a private international association of the faithful. With headquarters in Manila, CFC is globally governed by it's International Council, an elected group of elders tasked with overseeing the work, the organization and the spiritual advancement of the members.
 
CFC Germany is the German Mission of Couples for Christ Global Missions Foundation, Inc. It is part of CFC's global family of communities across the globe.

Trust Who You Are, Not What Others Think You Are

A good name is like a sign pointing to a virtuous life, and though it is a good sign it is still just a sign. To be overly sensitive about it is to become like a hypochondriac who busies himself taking medicine for every passing symptom. He intends to preserve his health but ends up ruining it.
 
If you try to stay in everyone’s good graces you can end up in good stead with no one. After all who wants to be around people whose touchiness makes them unbearable? But what underlies such spiritual hypochondria (imagined illness) is what matters most.
 
Fear of losing your good name could mean several things. It could mean you are not putting your trust in your own goodness. It could also mean you value what other people think about you more than what you think of yourself. If so that fear would speak volumes about your own self-image and self-worth.
 
But what is self-worth? It is only your own perception of yourself. It is your own invention, determined by your internal dialogue - what you say and think about yourself. If you denigrate yourself often enough you only make yourself small in your own eyes. If you persist in sinful ways, you only keep increasing the guilt you think you carry and soon enough believe yourself of little worth. After all, a bad person wouldn’t be of much value.
 
You have to remember that you did not create yourself - God did. Whatever worth you have, you did not make – God did. The value of something is always made by its maker. Remember also that none of us are more powerful than God. We cannot change what He has made. This is the foundation stone upon which we build a good life. For only by believing in the innate goodness God gave us will we be capable of doing virtuous things.
 
Trust yourself. Trust the original you that God created. What other people think about you is just an illusion. All that matters is what God thinks of you and only what God created is true. The judgment of others matters not at all. They may damage your name, but their foolish chatter, their shallow judgment cannot destroy what is true.
 
Father in heaven, thank you for all the gifts of this day, but especially for creating in me the foundation stone on which I can build the good life I seek. Your opinion alone matters. It is in your good graces alone that I desire to be.
I offer you the silence of this night in which the silly chatters and the shallow judgment of others are stilled for the moment and I can turn to you in confidence and trust. Let me not forget that you created me out of love. Give me the strength not to let my illusions deceive me into believing I can change what you made. Only You can determine what my true worth is. Only You can justify.
Let me rejoice in the knowledge that You are more powerful than I am and that through your mercy and love I may realize that the goodness you created in me, the truth about myself that You created, remain unchanged. Amen.