“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
- 1 Peter 1:16
Last year, we were reminded that holiness simply means being whole. We are called to be whole people, fully alive as God created each of us to be. And since we were created in God’s image and likeness, we are reminded that we were created to share in God's holiness, enabled to be holy because of Christ's life and death and sent to live holy lives with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Made for holiness, we are called out of comfort and into growth. Though holiness is not easy, it is simple and the call is now.
BeBe is currently serving as an Overall Pastoral Formation Officer for SFC SoCal. She is from SouthBay B2. Her day job is Director of Supply Chain in a private label cosmetic manufacturing company. Her night job is attending SFC meetings.
She'll later be known as St BeBe of Norwalk (Please file for petition when she dies). For her, whatever you do should bring you closer to God. If not, it’s a waste of time. Her favorite saints are Padre Pio & Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:13
Love is a typical but favorite topic of discussion across generations. Man is naturally drawn to talking about love because of its broadness, depth, complexity, and mystery. In St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he made a perfect elaboration of genuine love: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And above all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” Each of the six virtues defines a specific aspect of love that explains the very core of our humanity, our being. Embracing each and all these virtues allude to love, and exhibiting these virtues means we begin to act on and out of love for God and others.
Deisen transitioned from CFCY to SFC back in 2006 and joined CFC after she and her husband, Amid got married in 2009. They are blessed with two children, Soleil and Franco. Deisen is a Clinical Educator by profession. She and Amid are currently serving as CFCY Cluster Coordinators in SoCal. She is also undergoing formation as an Aspirant in the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelite (OCDS). One of her favorite quotes from St. Thérèse of Lisieux is, "Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work.".
“Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will perform wonders among you.”
- Joshua 3:5
As we continue to rediscover God’s covenant love for us, let us look deeper into the story of Joshua as they journey closer to the Promised Land and to a life of holiness. Our understanding of holiness changes over time, and our response to this call changes over our own set of beliefs and perspectives similar to what the Israelites experienced during the Exodus. Along the way, we may have picked up wrong ideas about our identities that we forget what it truly is to be holy. God loves us and we are His beloved children - this truth alone moves us, not only to journey to holiness, but to sanctify ourselves “for tomorrow the Lord will perform Wonders” among us
Warren joined CFC Singles for Christ Temecula/San Diego in 1998. He and his wife, Jade, met in SFC when he moved to Miami, FL. They got married in 2003 and transitioned to CFC shortly thereafter. Warren has lived in Florida, New York, Arizona and Georgia, before moving back to California. He and Jade are currently serving as Couple Coordinators for SFC SoCal West Chapter.