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PRAYER IN OPPOSITION TO
THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL OF 2008 (HB 5043)

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.

Amen.

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


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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...

ORATIO IMPERATA FOR THE RESPECT OF ALL HUMAN LIFE

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.


















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ORATIO IMPERATA
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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.

Amen.

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.

Amen.

Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL

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


POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

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.

Amen.


Theme for 2016:
Rich in Mercy”

Ephesians 2:4

 

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Spiritual Warfare (Part 3) - Holy Warriors - 2
June 24, 2016
Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist was one great holy warrior, who prepared the way for Jesus. Read more . . .
Spiritual Warfare (Part 2) - Holy Warriors
June 23, 2016

Yesterday we saw how King Hezekiah, threatened by King Sennacherib of Assyria, turned to God and God settled the war for him. God sent just one angel who killed 185,000 Assyrians and that ended the fight (in fact, there was no actual fight). God had sent His holy warrior, an angel. Read more . . .


The Call to Holiness (Part 3) - The Bible - 2
June 23, 2016

There are many supposed-to-be Christians who may not make it to heaven. Among them are those who die when they are nominal, lapsed, fallen away, living lives of serious sin, embracive of the culture of death, dissidents from the Church Magisterium, assaulting holy Mother Church, etc. Read more . . .


The Call to Holiness (Part 2) - The Bible
June 22, 2016

To grow in holiness, it is crucial for one to read, meditate on and study the Bible. The Bible contains the words and instructions of God Himself. Daily and constant reading of the Bible, and trying to live out what we read, will surely move us along the path of holiness. Read more . . .


Spiritual Warfare (Part 1) - Sennacherib and Hezekiah
June 21, 2016

Spiritual warfare is all about assaulting the enemy’s dominion, taking territory from the enemy and bringing back his captives to God and to God’s Kingdom. It is actual war, raging in the heavens and on earth, with invisible hosts, both divine and diabolical, locked in deadly combat. Read more . . .


The Call to Holiness (Part 1) - Some Principles of Holiness
June 21, 2016

We are all called to holiness, to be holy as God is holy. You have heard this many times before. I have expounded on and written about holiness countless times. Are you growing in holiness? Where are you now in regard to this fundamental call? Do you even understand the call? Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 183) - In a Holy War
June 21, 2016

The Church cannot progress in the call to the New Evangelization unless certain things are in place. I cite just two very important and critical aspects of the call: (1) Holiness, and (2) Spiritual Warfare. Unfortunately these are two aspects that Catholics in general are unaware or unmindful of. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 67) - Happy Father's Day
June 19, 2016

“For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.” (v.26). If we have accepted Jesus into our lives and have put our faith in him, if we “have clothed (y)ourselves with Christ” (v.27b), then God Himself is our Father. Is that not awesome?! We love our earthly fathers (well, most of us do) with all their imperfections; how much more should we love God who is perfect, totally self-giving, patient and merciful, having the greatest plan for us to give us a future full of hope, and awaiting the time when we finally live with Him eternally in heaven (the greatest resort in all the universe!). Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 182) - The Call to Holiness
June 18, 2016

The Church is called to the New Evangelization. An important element of that call is the age-old call to holiness. Unfortunately holiness is no longer being spoken of today. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 181) - Iuvenescit Ecclesia (The Church Rejuvenates)
June 15, 2016

From the time Ecclesial Movements and New Communities (EMNCs), such as CFC (and Focolare, Neocatechumenal Way, Communion and Liberation, etc.), emerged on the scene, sent by the Holy Spirit to help bring renewal in this third millennium, there have been constant tension and even outright conflict between the hierarchical Church and the EMNCs. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 40) - Reaping the Bounty
June 15, 2016

God is good all the time. And we, the beloved children of a loving, merciful and all-powerful Father, are the direct beneficiaries of that goodness. Why is it then that many Christians live lives of misery or at least not exuberant joy? 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.

Frank


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 82) - Engaging in Spiritual Warfare
May 30, 2016

We are an evangelistic and missionary community. We do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. When we do so, we automatically engage in spiritual warfare, with the devil as our enemy. Read more . . .


The Culture of Life (Part 18) - Gender Expression
May 28, 2016

In the Western world, deviancy has become mainstream. One sorry manifestation of this is in the growing number of genders being accepted by society. There used to be just two sexes--male and female. Now the number grows each day. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 78) - Charity and Spiritualty
May 28, 2016

The pope affirms our direction of work with the poor being part of evangelization, of charity being steeped in spirituality, both for those serving and the poor being served. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 112) - Ignominy and Glory
May 25, 2016

Authentic servant leadership is a package offered by Jesus our Master, with two extremes. The passion and the glory. The cup and the crown. The thorn and the throne. To miss out on one or the other makes it difficult to function effectively according to God’s designs or demands. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 156) - Live and Share Christ
May 24, 2016

Our goal in life is to make it to heaven. It is all “concerning this salvation” (v.10a). How? We need to live and share Christ. Read more . . .


No One in Need (Part 23) - Justice and Eternal Life - 2
May 23, 2016

What is our goal in life? It should be to make it to heaven. This is “the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Pt 1:9). Now according to what Jesus says, one criterion for whether we will make it to heaven or not is how we treat the least of our brethren. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 39) - True Mercy - 5
May 21, 2016

There are those in our Church today who want to extend mercy and compassion to those in need of these, but in so doing, not speak of their sin. This is the approach of political correctness. It is not wanting to offend but just be welcoming. This is false mercy. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 38) - The Meaning of Mercy - 2
May 20, 2016

“The Lord is compassionate and merciful.” (Jas 5:11b). Mercy is withholding the just punishment for transgression. Read more . . .


No One in Need (Part 22) - Justice and Eternal Life
May 19, 2016

In the early Church there was no one in need. The formula was simple. Those who had possessions sold them and gave the money to the poor. Today that is still the same simple formula. There are more than enough resources in the world, but such resources are unevenly and unjustly distributed. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 77) - Being Mercynaries
May 17, 2016

Pope Francis affirms our direction to intensify our work of evangelization and mission, especially in this Year of Mercy. We have proclaimed ourselves to be missionaries of mercy, or mercynaries. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 180) - The Role of the Holy Spirit
May 15, 2016

The New Evangelization is intended to revive and renew our Church during these dark times throughout the whole world. Who can do that? Only God. Only through the Spirit of God. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 66) - The Crisis of Faith in the Church Today
May 09, 2016

Today Catholic Philippines elected, by a wide margin from his opponents, a foul-mouthed, rape-consenting, murder-promoting, pope-cursing, Church-opposing, woman-disrespecting, cult-embracing President. Majority of those who voted for him were Catholics, including leaders serving in the Catholic Church, a number of whom actively campaigned for him and extolled him to high heavens. In this they sided with the cults that endorsed him and rejected the exhortation of the Church, made through the head of the CBCP. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 111) - A Servant Leader Like Paul
May 10, 2016

The call to the New Evangelization cannot be lived out without authentic servant leaders, who understand what the call to servant leadership is, for the service of the gospel and the Kingdom, according to the New Evangelization. Servant leaders serve in order to proclaim Christ, to be his witnesses, and to bring people to repentance and faith in Jesus. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 179) - Baptism in the Spirit - 3
May 09, 2016

The Holy Spirit is the agent of evangelization. It is crucial that we know who the Holy Spirit is, what spiritual gifts He imparts, and how His methodology is. But many Catholics today do not really know the Holy Spirit. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 76) - Cooperatives - 2
May 06, 2016

Cooperatives will be a big element of our work with the poor, through the No One in Need (NONe) movement. We intend to establish cooperatives in Restoration Villages (RVs) and especially in parishes, as part of the work of LCSC. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 75) - Adapting One's Charism
May 04, 2016

“Adapt your charism to today’s needs,” says Pope Francis. This is the very same challenge to CFC-FFL in its embrace of LCSC. It is the charism, life and mission of CFC-FFL that has given birth to LCSC. Read more . . .


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 . . .


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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, December 2015

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, 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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A CALL TO ARMS
(Defending the Culture of Life)

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


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn-ka2xsHkc


January 2011 CBCP Plenary Statement
on Choosing Life and Rejecting the RH Bill

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HUMAN LIFE INTERNATIONAL
17th ASIA-PACIFIC CONGRESS
November 06-08, 2010

OPENING REMARKS
by
FRANK PADILLA
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,
appoints
Rev. Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB
Spiritual Director
of
Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life

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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

ANOTHER ECCLESIASTICAL RECOGNITION
 

"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.

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"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."

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THE GOSPEL FOR TODAY
 
"Lead us back, O Lord, that we may be restored;
give us anew such days as we had of old."
Lam 5:21
Updated: 05-23-2016

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


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PAPAL AUDIENCE
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

The
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CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2016

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.

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2015

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.

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2014

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.

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2013

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.

Amen.


CFC-FFL CONSECRATION TO MARY, MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACE
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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