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Loving Father, through the intercession of San Lorenzo Ruiz, we beg You not to allow us to be deceived by the wrong directives of laws that do not give value to family and to life. May we see the hidden truth behind the seemingly good but deceptive arguments that will bring about widespread destruction of the morality of the Filipino family as well endanger the innocent life of the unborn child.

Touch and guide the hearts of our law makers. Assist them in the path of renewal that they may bring about the dream of society towards honorable and peaceful way of living in accordance with the culture for life and love.

Help us Father, we who are burdened by the struggles of these modern times. Grant us the courage to fight those forces that threaten the peace of the family. Help us to offer our individual crosses for the good of the Church. Through the power of the cross of Jesus, may all our decisions and works be in accordance with Your will so that we may be worthy of your blessings.

We ask this in the name of Your Son together with the prayers of our Mother Mary.


(An English translation from the Pilipino text courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig)




After a month long travel delay due to four devastating typhoons and the worst flooding in 40 years, PFL's International Director, Bob Lalonde arrived in Manila on the first Sunday of Advent and began our prolife work by attending Mass at St Francis of Assisi Parish. Fr Pavone wanted Bob to help the Philippines by taking along the latest pro-life weapons with him including his new prayer book 'Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day' and new video 'The Biology of Prenatal Development'. By using embryoscopy, a rare technique involving a tiny camera the size of a pen tip, scientists were able to get breathtaking, real footage of the unborn, which shows how preborn babies have a heartbeat at three weeks, make spontaneous movements at six weeks, and have 90% of the anatomical structures found in adults at eight weeks. What a powerful demonstration of the life of a preborn child. READ MORE...


God, our loving Father, Creator and lover of all life, You fashioned in your own image and likeness every human person. We thank you for this gift and the freedom to appreciate it

Grant us intense eagerness to recognize your image in every person so that respect for all human life becomes our way of life. Give us also the strength and courage to defend and protect the right of all to live as you ordained, from conception to natural death.

We pray for your divine healing, comfort and peace for all affected by past abortions. Grant them strength and the consolation of your presence. Help us serve actively in alleviating the sufferings and troubles of all women with pregnancy problems. Let your Spirit enlighten the minds and open the hearts of those who do not yet fully respect all human life according to your will.

We pray for all our leaders and legislators who must deliberate assiduously on this critical present issue. May they be guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit to act responsibly for the good and well-being of all. May their competence be always steered by humility and fear of the Lord.

Mary, our loving Mother, to you we entrust the cause of life. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Rosa of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.




Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your Providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.

We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of creation. We have not been good stewards of nature. We have confused Your command to subdue the earth. The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference. Global warming is upon us, typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in increasing number and intensity.

We turn to You, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins. We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made. We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need.


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig

Prayer and Intercession
for Peace in Syria

God of compassion, hear the cries of the people of Syria. Comfort those who suffer violence. Console those who mourn the dead. Give strength to Syria's neighboring countries to welcome the refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken arms and protect those who are comitted to peace.

God of hope, inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies. Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria and give us hope for a future built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the Divine Power of God - cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

by Pope Leo XIII


Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5

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From the Servant General

The New Evangelization (Part 228): A New Paganism
November 20, 2017

In the second century B.C., the Seleucid kings persecuted the Jews. They suppressed Judaism, and did it with utmost brutality. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 25): Using Talents
November 19, 2017

To be destined for greatness is about who we are and what we are to do. It is about what God has done for us and what God expects us to do for Him. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 227): Urgency of the New Evangelization - 5
November 18, 2017

Jesus asks, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Given present circumstances, the answer is: not much. The Christian faith has been eroding rapidly over the past decades. What is the present situation? Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 39): Privileged to Serve
November 14, 2017

What makes for unity in Christ? Three things: holiness, servanthood and being holy warriors. In the gospel today we look at the attitude of a servant. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 24): Imperishable
November 14, 2017

We are created in the image and likeness of God, and we share in His divine nature. And God intends for us to live with Him eternally in heaven. Such is our destiny. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 23): Moving a Mulberry Tree
November 13, 2017

Jesus makes an amazing statement. “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 60): Christian Parents are Dangerous?
November 11, 2017

Liberals are overturning all good sense and continue to impose their diabolical agenda on society. Imagine claiming good, Christian parents are bad for their children. Liberal governments intend to take over the raising of children and will not tolerate Christian ways of doing so.They will remove the rights of parents. The assault on family continues unabated. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 22): God's Temple
November 09, 2017

Consider these amazing assertions of Paul about the people of God. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 21): Greatness or Baseness
November 05, 2017

The God we serve is the King of kings and Lord of all nations. As we are His people, as we are to enjoy His dominion, as we are to share in His glory, then we are destined for greatness. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 59): International Right to Abortion
November 04, 2017

Bureaucrats in the UN have struck again, this time with potentially devastating consequences on the unborn. The UN Human Rights Committee has in effect enshrined abortion as an international human right, something long desired by abortion activists. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 20): From Death to Life
November 02, 2017

Christians are unaware of their destiny. Especially as it pertains to the cross of Christ. We are disciples of a suffering Servant, a sacrificial Lamb, One whose glory was in ignominy. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 19): Living Pure
November 01, 2017

What is the destiny of a Christian? “We shall be like him” (v.2c). We shall be like God! We are called to be holy as God is holy, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. This is because we are God’s children and we belong to Him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 18): Destined for Greatness - 2
October 28, 2017

Today’s reading tells us who we are supposed to be. And it is amazing. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 38): Division in the Body
October 26, 2017

Do you even wonder why there is so much division in the one body of Christ that is the Church? After the first millennium, East and West split. After another half a millennium, the Protestant Reformation came. Through the centuries the Catholic religious congregations have split and re-split. Many Church associations including CFC itself have split. And all these happened as people were striving to serve God! Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 17): Great Privilege, Great Responsibility
October 25, 2017

As servants of the Master, we are destined for greatness in our works, as we do divine work and accomplish the very intent of God for the life of the world. We are instruments of God’s salvation. What a great privilege that is! Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 58): The Climate Change Hoax
October 19, 2017

The population controllers, in their desire to drastically cut down the population of the world, used to talk about “global warming.” Now they are using the less contentious “climate change.” Yes there is climate change, but this is something that has happened and will continue to happen. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 57): World Meeting of Families
October 19, 2017

Catholic (Christian) morality is simple. Marriage is between a man and a woman intended for love and for procreation of children. Family is about these two people of the opposite sex and their children in a home. On the other hand, homosexuality is about two people of the same sex having a relationship without any possibility of conceiving a child. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 226): Spiritual Warfare and Evangelization - 2
October 18, 2017

A basic requirement for understanding the New Evangelization is knowing that evangelization engages us in spiritual warfare. We actually confront a powerful enemy and battle him for souls. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 37): Holy Warriors
October 16, 2017

One constant call of Paul to the Christian communities was to unity in Christ. It is the same with us today, and we are seeing that unity happens when we are (1) all striving for holiness, (2) being authentic servants of the one Master, and (3) engaging in mission as warriors. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 16): Bearing Great Fruit
October 08, 2017

The Church is the people of God, the body of Christ, the bride of Jesus. The Church, which is the new Israel, is the vineyard planted by God Himself. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 15): Crushing the Enemy
October 07, 2017

Our work of evangelization and mission automatically engages us in spiritual warfare. We face a formidable enemy, a fallen angel that retains a lot of its powers. Satan is the strong man, but Jesus is the stronger man. Jesus has already crushed the head of the serpent and is victorious. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 14): Standing in for God
October 06, 2017

We have been seeing that greatness comes with doing the very work of God, who is great and whose work is great. We are God’s workers. We are His representatives. We are his ambassadors. We do His work. Now that is pretty impressive by itself. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 13): Mission Greatness
October 05, 2017

After the Twelve, Jesus “appointed seventy-two others” (v.1a) to do mission. His instructions to them had all the markings of greatness. Now we too are sent by Jesus to proclaim the good news of salvation in him. If we do this work well, in accordance with Jesus’ ways, then we too are destined for greatness. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 225): Urgency of the New Evangelization-5
October 04, 2017

What is the most important work of our Church? It is to carry out Jesus’ final instructions, the Great Commission. Our Church is a missionary body. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 47): Guardian Angels
October 02, 2017

We have been told from our childhood that we have guardian angels who protect us. Jesus says of “these little ones” that “their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” (Mt 18:10). The little ones Jesus speaks about are the young children (Mt 18:2) and also grown-ups, disciples who “become like children” (Mt 18:3a). Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 46): The Archangels
September 29, 2017

Today we read about the primordial event when “war broke out in heaven” (v.7a). What a battle that must have been! The original star wars! Angels against angels. “Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back” (v.7b). The latter lost and were thrown out of heaven” (v.8-9). The dragon is Satan and his angels now the demons. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 12): Pathway to Greatness
September 27, 2017

Why are we destined for greatness? First and foremost, because we are God’s children, people and disciples, and God is a great God. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 56): Infiltration by Population Controllers
September 22, 2017

The onslaught of population control forces continues unabated, and is even intensifying, and is present at high levels within our own Church. The infiltration is massive. These anti-life, anti-family and anti-poor forces are even given a prominent voice in Vatican conferences and fora. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 11): Far Above the Heavens
September 21, 2017

God is great and awesome indeed. Just look at the heavens (and the universe that our eyes cannot see) created by God. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 10): In the Household of God
September 20, 2017

We are destined for greatness because of our great God, who is Father to children who should be like Him, who are called to be holy like He is, who are called to be perfect as He is, who are destined to live with Him in perfection in heaven. We are part of “the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” (1 Tm 3:15b). Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 55): How Satan is Destroying Mankind
September 19, 2017

Sexual licentiousness, unrestrained personal freedom, LGBT and transgenderism, hedonism, political correctness – all are promoted by Satan to destroy faith, family and life. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 36): Lifting Holy Hands
September 17, 2017

Unity in the body of Christ is crucial for mission. Christians in the body would want to live in peace, to “lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” (1 Tm 2:2b). One major reason is to enable the body to effectively do mission, especially the work of evangelization, which leads to salvation in Jesus “our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tm 2:4). Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 54): Reverence For Gay Union?
September 17, 2017

Fr James Martin S.J. is a homosexualist supporter of LGBT. He is causing much confusion in our Church, and is helping to keep many active homosexuals in their sin. Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and sinful. Those in active gay relationships are not to be encouraged by professing reverence for their sin, making them feel right about the wrong that they do. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 9): Foregiveness
September 17, 2017

Today’s readings are on forgiveness. Besides the great importance of receiving forgiveness for our sins, forgiveness is a major way by which God brings us to greatness, to be as He Himself is. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 53): Re-Interpreting Humanae Vitae
September 16, 2017

Contraception is the entry point in the slippery slope of the culture of death. When one accepts contraception, inevitably there will be an acceptance of abortion, divorce and same-sex unions. This has already been the experience of the Protestant denominations. We already know where it heads. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 8): Like Father, Like Son
September 16, 2017

There is no god as great as our God. “High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens his glory. Who is like the Lord our God, enthroned on high” (Ps 113:4-5). Our God is “the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever.” (1 Tm 1:17). God is great indeed. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 7): Just Like Jesus
September 15, 2017

Our being destined for greatness is due to the reality that we follow Jesus, the great King of kings and Lord of lords. We follow him all the way to heaven. On earth we are to be like him, and in heaven we are to be with him forever. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 6): What Destiny
September 14, 2017

Our theme verse is 1 Peter 2:9. As with previous themes through the years, we also look into the larger context of the particular verse. Thus we look at 1 Peter 2:1-10. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 5): Putting to Death What is Earthly
September 13, 2017

As part of and a key to being destined for greatness, we are called to be holy. To be holy is to be set apart, to be not of this world. This is the call to all who profess to be Christian. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 4): Greatness in Who We Are and What We Do
September 12, 2017

We know this reality about God: “Great is the Lord and worthy of much praise, whose grandeur is beyond understanding.” Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 3): The Mysteries of the Kingdom
September 11, 2017

Being destined for greatness, God’s people are called to holiness, servant leadership and God’s divine mission. The dimension of greatness is threefold. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 2): Not Politically Correct
September 10, 2017

A scourge in our Church today is political correctness. This is the posture that we simply accept, welcome, embrace and accompany the sinner but not talk about his sin, because it is offensive. It looks like mercy, but it is false mercy, because it leaves a person in his sin, with the attendant dire consequences. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2018 (Part 1): Destined for Greatness
September 09, 2017

Our theme for this year 2017 is ONE in Christ, and we have seen that the critical elements that contribute to unity are threefold: holiness, servanthood and being warriors. We sum this up in the call to be holy warriors. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 35): Alert and Sober
September 05, 2017

Per our theme of ONE in Christ, such unity happens as we all pursue holiness, servanthood and being warriors. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 17): Not Conforming to This Age
September 03, 2017

We are called to holiness. We are to be “holy and pleasing to God” (Rom 12:1b). To be holy is to be set apart. It is to be not of this world. It is to think not as the world does but as God does. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 52): Against Gay Marriage
September 02, 2017

Liberals are furious about this statement that upholds authentic Catholic doctrine. And among the liberal oppositors are Catholic clerics, such as Jesuit priest James Martin, a vocal pro-gay priest. He supports sodomy, and considers active gays as holy and led by the Holy Spirit. This is utterly shameful, and diabolical. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 137): Using Talents - 2
September 02, 2017

Today we learn a number of important truths about our Master and corresponding principles for servant leaders. They are so important as to determine our eternal fate. So listen well. Read more . . .

Mary Mediatrix of All Grace and the Holy See Decision
June 05, 2016

Given that the Vatican has declared the apparitions in Lipa as lacking in supernatural origin, what happens to our consecration to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace?

Basically, we understand that the apparition and the devotion are distinct from each other. The apparition may be without supernatural origin but the devotion is not contrary to Catholic faith. In fact, St John Paul II used the title Mary Mediatrix of all graces and variations of it in various instances, such as Universal Mediatrix of all grace, Mother of all graces, Dispensatrix of all grace, giver of "all grace", Mediatrix of all grace, and Mediatrix of graces.

Notice that the title we use is Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, with All Grace being a proper noun (versus all graces). We understand All Grace to mean Jesus himself. Marian devotion to this title is not expressly prohibited because it does not counter Church doctrine.

During his visit to Tacloban on Jan 17, 2015, Pope Francis venerated a replica of the image of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace at the residence of the Archbishop of Palo. On June 1, 2015, a replica of the image was venerated and brought in procession in the Church of Saint Catherine adjoining the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and was attended by the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM.

So we will continue to use and venerate Mary Mediatrix of All Grace as well as the particular statue, even if both are connected with Lipa. We will continue with our consecration prayers as such. However, we will make no mention of Lipa, which in fact we had not been doing.

God bless.


Honoring Toto De La Cruz
December 20, 2011

I take this privilege to honor Toto, my brother, co-worker and friend.

As has been his practice, he has gone on ahead of us. He has always been a trailblazer. He was among the first full-time pastoral workers, and there has been no stopping him ever since. Even death has not done that, as he has now moved on up there, where he can intercede mightily for our life and mission. Read more . . .

Signs of the Times

Not Being a True Catholic
September 12, 2011

Yes, Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks clearly and with authority. He is not wishy-washy like other clerics and even bishops, who are loath to defend the fullness of the Catholic faith. This is the reality: IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT THE CHURCH TEACHES, YOU ARE NOT REALLY CATHOLIC. Read more . . .

Sex Education in Schools Useless and Harmful
September 02, 2011

The anti-life legislators in the Philippines continue to insist on mandatory sex education for young children. There is abundant evidence from the experience of many countries that such valueless sex education increases promiscuity and incidences of unwanted pregnancies, STDs and HIV/AIDS. Such a seemingly harmless thing as sex education in schools will actually destroy the family, life and faith. Read more . . .

U S Bishop on Unrepentant Pro-abort Pols: Expel him
August 12, 2011

It is about time that a US bishop spoke out this clearly and forcefully. Now let us see if the Catholic bishops in the USA actually follow through. "Purge the evil person from your midst." (1 Cor 5:13b). Read more . . .

One Hundred Fifty Reasons I'm Catholic
And You Should be Too!
by Dave Armstrong

1. Best One-Sentence Summary: I am convinced that the Catholic Church conforms much more closely to all of the biblical data, offers the only coherent view of the history of Christianity (i.e., Christian, apostolic Tradition), and possesses the most profound and sublime Christian morality, spirituality, social ethic, and . . . Read more. . .

2014 CFC-FFL "Empowered" Community Weekend
January 25-26, 2014
CAP Convention Center
Camp John Hay, Baguio City

2014 CFC-FFL "Empowered" Community Conference
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City

32nd CFC-FFL Anniversary
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Ynarez Center
Antipolo City

2013 CFC-FFL Community Faith Rally
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City

31st CFC-FFL Anniversary
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ynarez Center
Antipolo City

2012 CFC-FFL "Alive in Christ" Community Weekend
January 14-15, 2012
CAP Convention Center
Camp John Hay, Baguio City

2012 CFC-FFL Community Conference
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Ynares Gym, Pasig City

Frank Padilla's Latest Books

Published in the Philippines, April 2017

The Catholic Church is One, Holy and Apostolic. Unfortunately there are too many divisions within the body, many of her members are far from holy, the most are not going forth to do the work of Evangelization and Mission.

But Mission is crucial, given that darkness in the world today, which is being overwhelmed by a tsunami of evil, with the Church herself buffeted from all sides, and even within. God intends his Church to be his light in the world and the salt of the earth. For that to happen, her members must be united, and grow in holiness and apostolic zeal.

This is the great challenge, to be one in Christ and one in mission.

Published in the Philippines, September 2016

El Camino De Santiago (The Way of St. James) has been an attraction for pilgrims for many centuries. It is one of three pilgrimages that have become important for Cathoics, the other two being Jerusalem (the Holy Land) and the Vatican (Rome).

St. James is the James, who with his brother John and their mother Salome, sought to have places of honor at the right and the left of Jesus. Jesus then took that opportunity to teach the apostles about servent leadership. They never forgot the lesson. James went on to dedicate his life as an apostle and missionary, and ultimately suffered martyrdom.

Today there is a great need for holiness, which necessitates an inner pilgrimage. There is a critical need for Catholics to respond to the call to the New Evangelization, to be among those who are sent, that is "apostles." And there is a dire need to raise leaders after God's own heart, those who will lead and care for tghe flock of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are fortunate to have many teachers to teach us about authentic servant leadership -- from James the Greater, to Samuel the prophet, to David the king, to Peter the first pope, to Paul the great apostle, to Jesus the Messiach. In this book they give us 144 principles of servant leadership.

Take this virtual pilgrimage, and walk the Way of St. James toward a more effective serfvant leadership.

Published in the Philippines, December 2015

(Second Edition)

The Roman Catholic Church has sounded the call to the New Evangelization. This is a very important prophetic call for the work of the third millennium. At stake is the very future of societies and even the Church.

How are we to respond? How are we to understand the call to the New Evangelization? How can the people of God, especially the laity, participate in the action of the Holy Spirit during these times.

One response is the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement. LCSC is intended to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization, so that every Catholic will meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ.

Published in the Philippines, October 2015

The world is in darkness. A tsunami of evil is upon us. Things are going from bad to worse. Is there hope?

Yes, there is hope, because there is Christ and his Church. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." (Jn 8:12). Then he says, "You are the light of the world." (Mt.5:14). It is up to God's people to dispel the darkness of evil and sin by bringing God's light to shine upon the earth.

But we have another problem. God's people are scattered and lost. And those entrust with their care are themselves unfaithful to their call. These are the shepherds, the pastors, the servant leaders. Many of those called do not know what the call is about, and thus have not responded accordingly.

There is a dire need to understand the call to servant leadership.

Published in the Philippines, October 2009
Revisited, October 2015

The term "servant leader" is seemingly an oxymoron. To the human understanding, the words "servant and "leader" are diametrically opposed. But with God that is not the case. In the kingdom of God, the leader is the one who serves.

It is important for those who are called to servant leadership to understand what this call is all about. This is because God is entrusting them with a great treasure. How they handle this treasure will determine how the plan of God for the world will unfold.

Published in the Philippines, June 2014

Have you ever wondered what certain difficult or challenging passages in the Bible mean?

* Do not be anxious at all about life.
* Renounce all your possessions.
* Love your enemies.
* Turn the other cheek.
* Rejoice in suffering.
* Pray without ceasing.
* Be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

Have you ever desired to be the person that God intended you to be?

The times are urgent for the life of the world, as well as for those of us who truly desire to live in and for Jesus. Thus the whole Church has been called to the New Evangelization. If we desire to respond to this prophetic call, we must become a people formed according to God's ways. We must obey what Jesus tells us. But how can we obey if we do not understand? We can start to understand as we tak this life - changing journey for the next 40 days.

Published in the Philippines, June 2014

The Roman Catholic Church has sounded the call to the New Evangelization. This is a very important prophetic call for the work of the third millennium.

How are we to respond? How are we to understand the call to the New Evangelization? How can the people of God, especially the laity, participate in the action of the Holy Spirit during these times.

One response is the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement. LCSC is intended to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization, so that every Catholic will meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ.

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Homily of Fr. Melvin Castro
Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life

CFC-FFL "Strong in God" Conference
Baguio City, January 22-23, 2011

January 2011 CBCP Plenary Statement
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November 06-08, 2010

Servant General - CFC-FFL

Faith, family, life. These are the crucial issues in the life and mission of the Church in this third millennium. At every turn we see the threats to and the attacks on faith, family and life. Read more . . .

His Eminence,
Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales,
Archbishop of Manila,
Rev. Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB
Spiritual Director
Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life


The Servant General in an audience with Pope Francis at the
meeting of the Pontifical Council for the Family
The Vatican - October 25, 2013

The Servant General meets with Pope Benedict XVI at the
19th Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family
The Vatican - February 09, 2010


"The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA), has given formal and official recognition to Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) as a national private association of the lay faithful, effective October 15, 2009.


"His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has re-appointed our Servant General Frank Padilla and his wife Gerry as members of the Pontifical Council for the Family, effective September 10, 2009, for another term of five years."


"Lead us back, O Lord, that we may be restored;
give us anew such days as we had of old."
Lam 5:21
Updated: 06-01-2017

The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity, choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity.

Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

- Archbishop Soc Villegas
25 July 2007

From the

Frank and Gerry Padilla present the books "Servant Leadership" and "Stories from Prison" to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 09, 2010, at the Vatican

with the



Heavenly Father, you are the Creator and we are all your children. Make us truly one. Protect us from the division in families, in communities, in the Church and in the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Savior who died for us and saved us. Now as your disciples, you send us forth to proclaim the good news of salvation in you throughout the world. May we be worthy witnesses. Show us the way to self-denial, embrace of the cross, and following you. Raise among us true servant leaders who have a passion for souls.

Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization who sends us to engage in spiritual warfare. Equip us with the armor of God and weapons of righteousness. Help us to preserve unity in the Spirit through the bond of peace. May we stand together as your holy warriors.

Triune God, you are three Persons in one God. In you we have one baptism, one faith, one hope. We are one body. Help us to truly become united in mind and heart, in vision and mission, to be one with the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.

Mama Mary, you are our beloved Mother. We are your offspring who strive to keep God’s commands, bear witness to Jesus, and wage war in the Spirit against the enemy. Cover us with your mantle of protection, keeping us in your loving embrace always.



Almighty Father, in the richness of your mercy you sent your own Son Jesus into the world to suffer and die for us. As you did not spare your own Son, we confidently look to your granting us everything else besides. May your mercy and grace be always upon us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you told us to be merciful just as our Father is merciful. You showed us the way to mercy when on the cross you forgave those who crucified you. Such divine mercy is very challenging for us. Only in you and through your grace in our lives can we ever hope to be channels of mercy to others. Jesus, we trust in you.

Holy Spirit, help us to understand the mystery of divine mercy. Help us to forgive those who trespass against us. Help us to love our enemies. Help us to love and care for the poor. Enable us to effectively proclaim the gospel of God’s mercy. Show us the way to holiness unto the Lord.

Mama Mary, full of grace and Mother of mercy, guide us in the way we are to go, and keep us in your loving embrace always.



Almighty Father, you are our Creator and God. We acknowledge your dominion over us, that we belong to you, that you hold our very lives in your hands. We come before you in worship and praise.

Lord Jesus, you are our Savior and Master. You call us into your body on earth, making us brethren to one another. Bind us together as one, united in your heart and mind, able to live and serve as your holy instruments.

Holy Spirit, fill us and continue to empower us to witness. Guide us and equip us in the work of evangelization. Give us the boldness to proclaim Christ, wherever we are, until this work reaches the very ends of the earth.

Triune God, you have given us the privilege of being stewards of your grace and mercy. Help us to be faithful, to claim nothing as our own, to give without counting the cost, to endure and joyfully embrace the cross. Favor us, Lord, so that by our common work the needs of all will be met.

Mama Mary, we look to your quiet strength and fullness of grace. Accord us great favor as you intercede for our needs and for our work. May your Son Jesus be glorified in all we do.



Almighty Father, Creator of the universe, how awesome is your name in all the earth. All glory, honor and power belong to you. Thank you for restoring us to yourself, and giving us the privilege of doing your divine work. Stir in us the flame of your love, and bestow on us the grace to fulfill our destiny according to your eternal design.

Lord Jesus, you suffered and died for us, and we belong to you. You have shown us the way to accomplishing the Father’s will, as you endured the shame of the cross. Help us not to be ashamed of our testimony, but to zealously proclaim you to the whole world, so that all might meet and know you, and start to live your way of life.

Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization and you send us forth. Empower us to witness to Jesus, through holiness of life and through the proclamation of the good news of salvation in him. Remove any cowardly spirit that might be in us, especially as we face oppression and persecution. Dwell within us and strengthen us to be able to bear our share of hardship for the gospel.

Triune God, you call us to holiness, to witness, and to mission. You desire for us to be saints, martyrs and warriors. May we truly deserve to be counted among your people, as we march onward to the New Evangelization.

Mama Mary, your life is the best witness to your Son Jesus. You are our model of faith, self-emptying, total trust, ardent hope, humble servanthood, and joy in suffering. Continue to embrace us and cover us with your mantle of protection, as we go forth into battle under your banner.



Almighty Father in heaven, awesome and glorious are you in your majesty. From all eternity you have had the greatest plan for us all, for a future filled with hope. May your name be always exalted through all the earth.

Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, you have loved us with an everlasting love, and have established your friendship with us. We desire to live as you live, following you as your disciple along the path of holiness. Help us to share the good news of your love and your salvation to many others. Increase our faith, so that we might do even greater works.

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of the faithful, so that they may meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ. Help us to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization in this Year of Faith, in response to the call to the New Evangelization. Open our eyes and hearts to experience the faith that truly works wonders.

Triune God, continue to work in our lives so that we remain faithful and steadfast in faith, as we proclaim that faith throughout the world. Then may all peoples and nations bow down before you in worship.

Mama Mary, you are our model of faith. Please always guide us and keep us covered in your mantle of grace and blessing.

May the faith of all God’s people move mountains.


We kneel before you, as you yourself sit at the throne room of God, beside our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, your Son. You more than anyone else embody the pure love for our Lord Jesus that we all desire to have, as you bore him in your womb, gave birth to him, raised him, suffered with him through the cross, and finally witnessed his resurrection. You are the one whose soul perfectly proclaims the greatness of the Lord, whose spirit perfectly rejoices in God our Savior. You are the one we and all ages will call blessed.

You are the highly favored one, and the Lord is truly with you. We thus look to you to be our mediatrix, as we continue on our journey in the world, proclaiming your Son Jesus and bringing his good news of salvation to all. We recognize our weakness and sinfulness, and that apart from the power of God’s Spirit we can do nothing.

Dear Mother Mary, you are our inspiration for the strengthening of families and the promotion of the culture of life. Pray and intercede for us always, that we may remain faithful to our covenant, steadfast in our work, persevering despite trials and crosses, and always mindful of the call to holiness and discipleship. You who are holy and you who are the most faithful disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, keep us in your loving embrace always.

We consecrate ourselves, our families and our work to you. Bless us, dear Mother, and journey with us, as we continue to journey with your beloved Son Jesus. You are our mother, and we are your children, now and forever. Amen.

Hail Mary …

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