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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

Theme for 2016:
Rich in Mercy”

Ephesians 2:4

Theme for 2015:
Look at Jesus, Look to the Poor”
“There was no needy person among them”
Acts 4:34a

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CFC Legal Case Update - A Wound in the Church
July 05, 2012

On June 28, 2012, the International Council (“IC”) of Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation Inc. (“CFC Global”) issued a public statement on the status of the legal case between CFC Global and our community. The statement unfortunately misinforms and distorts the facts, even as it prematurely proclaims CFC Global’s “victory” in said case. In defense of truth and fairness, we must correct the misinformation and distortion. Read more . . .

From the Servant General

Synodos (Part 97) - Can It Ever Come to This?
October 13, 2015

Can you believe what religious people are saying below about abortion? It is shocking. Evil has become good and good evil. It is a total overturning of truth. It is a mockery of faith. It is diabolical. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 96) - Modernism
October 13, 2015

What has infected the world, including our Church, including some elders of our Church, are the modern isms - secularism, humanism, Modernism. Modernism is a philosophical movement that, when applied to our faith, tries to eliminate God from all social life, puts man at the center of everything (rather than God), tries to live in harmony with the spirit of the age, and adapts Catholicism to the intellectual, moral and social needs of today. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 95) - Accompaniment
October 13, 2015

Those prelates who want to liberalize our Church’s teaching and pastoral practice bring up good aspects or virtues but applied in a non-positive way. The most blatant is to cite mercy and compassion but to actually propose false mercy. The other is to not speak in offensive language, but in so doing, fail to speak of one’s sin. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 139) - A True Christian
October 12, 2015

Paul defines himself at the start of his letter to the Romans, what he is and what he is to do. He effectively defines who is a true Christian. “Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God” (v.1). There are three aspects to being a Christian—holiness (to be set apart), discipleship (a slave of Jesus) and mission (an apostle, one sent forth). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 1) - Rich in Mercy
October 11, 2015

Our theme for 2016 is “Rich in Mercy.” This is taken from Ephesians 2:4. This theme also falls in line with our Church’s Extraordinary Jubilee Year (The Year of Mercy) which is from December 8 this year to November 20 next year. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 94) - It is Crunch Time - 3
October 06, 2015

We are all sinful people. “If you, Lord, keep account of sins, Lord, who can stand?” (Ps 130:3). This is why we need to look to God’s mercy. “May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” (Ps 130:2b). The good news is that God will hear and will act. “But with you is forgiveness” (Ps 130:4a). Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 93) - It is Crunch Time - 2
October 05, 2015

Today we have the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan. Here we see how the Samaritan treated the Jew who “fell victim to robbers” (v.30a). He “was moved with compassion at the sight” (v.33) and he “treated him with mercy” (v.37a). At the Synod, mercy and compassion will be recurring themes. And rightly so, since these are very Christian and holy virtues. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 92) - It is Crunch Time
October 04, 2015

It is entirely fitting, and in accordance with the perfect and mysterious timing of the Spirit, that we have our readings today as the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops starts in Rome. This meeting is about “The Vocation and the Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 88) - Threats to the Work
September 28, 2015

The call to the New Evangelization bids us to greater heights of servant leadership. In serving our Church with self-emptying and not being self-referential, we need to avoid two things: rivalry and intolerance of outsiders. One looks at co-leaders inside, the other looks at Church co-workers outside. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 69) - World Meeting of Families
September 27
, 2015

Pope Francis took America by storm. There has been no world leader—religious, political, military—quite like him. In these past 6 days, America was at a standstill, all focused on a simple old man who had neither extensive territory nor standing army. But Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ, the head of the over 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 68) - Affirming Our Direction
September 26
, 2015

At Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul today, Pope Francis in one paragraph summarized what LCSC is all about. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 154) - Sharing Ourselves
September 27, 2015

The New Evangelization is a call to reach the 99 lost sheep. How can such a massive task be accomplished? It is when our whole Church sees and accepts and lives out the reality that our Church is missionary, and the most important task is to proclaim Christ and his salvation. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 153) - Looking to God's House
September 24, 2015

What is new for us in CFC-FFL with regard to the New Evangelization? It was already prophesied when we in 2007 took on a particular Core Value, which is Being a Servant to the Church. The fullness of this Core Value only began to be understood later. It found its fruition in the LCSC movement. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 152) - Being Apostles
September 23, 2015

Our Church is missionary. Jesus’ mission was not just for the Twelve but for all of us even today. We “are sent” and so we too are apostles. The need is even greater today, as the world is being overwhelmed by a tsunami of evil. Thus there is the call to the New Evangelization. With such an important call is the equipping and empowerment. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 138) - Unity and Peace - 7
September 21, 2015

God called us to covenant community in order to do His work. As a community and for the sake of the work, all of us are given gifts by which we are to serve. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 137) - Unity and Peace - 6
September 20, 2015

Unfortunately, most conflicts in Christian community are caused by leaders. At its essence, it is a failure in servant leadership. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 136) - Unity and Peace - 5
September 18, 2015

Why is there so much conflict in Christian communities? Oftentimes it is not just because there are many sinners (all of us in fact) who are part of the Church and who are still growing in their faith, but due to servant leaders who do not understand what Christian leadership is about. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 91) - Recognition of Same-Sex Unions - 11
September 16, 2015

As the meeting of the Synod of Bishops in October draws nearer, the liberals are becoming more vocal and more outspoken. The agenda is getting clearer. Our Church is in grave danger. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 67) - Cooperatives
September 16
, 2015

One of the 4 pillars of LCSC is Live Full, which is our work with the poor, done through the No One in Need (NONe) movement. Among the many components of NONe is livelihood, and among the many components of livelihood is cooperatives. We intend to set up cooperatives in our Restoration Villages (RV), in our Mission Villages (MV) and also introduce them to parishes and publics. We already have working and flourishing models. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 66) - Family and Church
September 16
, 2015

The mission of CFC-FFL is evangelization founded on family renewal. Our work is to renew the family and to defend life. As with everything else that troubles the world (crime, corruption, immorality, war, climate change, etc.), there needs to be a change in people’s hearts and thus right there is the importance of our work of evangelization. Read more . . .

On Mary (Part 20) - Mary our Mother
September 15, 2015

Mary was there from Jesus’ birth, through the whole lifetime of Jesus, to Jesus’ death. “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother ....” (v.25). Very close to death, Jesus established, through the disciple John, our relationship with Mary. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2015 (Part 40) - Faith and Works
September 13, 2015

We strive for holiness and we do massive evangelization. These are essential elements of our faith. But many who are in a similar situation lack one important element of an authentic life in Christ, and that is work with the poor. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” (v.14a). Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 87) - The Suffering Servant
September 13, 2015

Jesus is the perfect servant leader. Peter was right in saying, “You are the Messiah.” (v.29b). But Jesus also taught them “that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed” (v.31a). Jesus who is the Messiah, who is Savior and Lord and King, who is divine Master, is to be a suffering servant. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 90) - Battle at the Synod - 8
September 11, 2015

Please pray intently for our prelates meeting at the Synod of Bishops on October 4 to 25. The battle lines are drawn, with the liberals/progressives/modernists all set to sacrifice truth and traditional Catholic morality and teaching for the sake of a false mercy that condones sin. Pray that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, will preserve our Church, the one true Church, from serious error that can lead to schism. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 135) - Unity and Peace - 4
September 11, 2015

We will always find something to criticize about our brethren. However, while we are of course not blind to the shortcomings of others, we should not allow our thought-about criticism to become destructive, to lead to words and deeds that lead to conflict and disunity. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 134) - Unity and Peace - 3
September 10, 2015

The Lord continues with hard teachings that are essential to living the authentic Christian life in general, and in maintaining unity and peace in particular. The world does not believe in such teachings and values, and that is why there is so much strife and division. But unfortunately, many Christians also do not live out such divine directives, and so even inside the Church and Christian communities there is much division. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 133) - Unity and Peace - 2
September 09, 2015

Paul often talks about what causes conflict and disunity in Christian communities. In the From the SG article last July 30 (The Way Forward in Christ, Part 131), we looked at the list of the works of the flesh in Galatians 5, noting that the majority, 8 out of 15, had to do with works that leads to disunity and division (Gal 5:20b-21a). Today Paul again tackles the same problems, this time with the Colossians. And during these times, in fact throughout the history of the Church, the same problems surface very often in the Church and in Christian communities. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 65) - On Gossip for the Umpteenth Time
September 08
, 2015

For the umpteenth time, Pope Francis talks about gossip. This time comparing it to throwing terrorist bombs. Read more . . .

On Mary (Part 19) - God's Mysterious Ways
September 08, 2015

God’s ways are mysterious. Rightly so, for who can plunge into the depths of the mind and heart of the Almighty and eternal God? Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 67) - Perfect in Christ
September 07, 2015

The work of evangelization starts with proclaiming Christ, so that people might meet him and know him. “It is he whom we proclaim”. But the work does not end there. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2015 (Part 39) - A Preferential Option for the Poor
September 06, 2015

The mission of Jesus is to bring glad tidings to the poor. That is just in line with who God is and what God does and intends to do. God is He who “secures justice for the oppressed, who gives bread to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind. The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; ... The Lord protects the resident alien, comes to the aid of the orphan and the widow” (Ps 146:7-8a,9a). Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 151) - Dissent among Cathoics
September 04, 2015

You see below the sorry state of Catholicism in the USA, which is also the case in most western nations, including Canada, Australia and the nations of Europe. The situation in the developing world is not as bad, but is worsening by the day. Corrupt and immoral western values are a tsunami of evil overwhelming the whole world. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 150) - New Wine in Fresh Wineskins
September 04, 2015

The New Evangelization is new, but evangelization is 2,000 years old. The challenge is to know what to keep from the old and what to adopt as new. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 66) - Our Work on Evangelization and Mission - 4
September 03, 2015

Yesterday we saw that Jesus intended to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the different towns (Lk 4:43). Today we see Jesus starting his core group. He knew that he would win salvation for all, but that salvation would need to be proclaimed. The good news would then be more specific: it would be the good news of salvation in Jesus. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 65) - Our Work on Evangelization and Mission - 3
September 02, 2015

We are an evangelistic and missionary community (our 2nd Core Value). The Church of which we are a part is missionary. This is the very work of Jesus himself. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 149) - The Work of the New Evangelization
September 01, 2015

Why are we focused on the New Evangelization? Why are we pushing so strongly and aggressively for LCSC as our lay response to the call to the New Evangelization? Well, because the times are urgent and the time is short. “For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.” (v.2). When that day comes, that is the time of judgment. You either go to heaven or to hell. Read more . . S.

Our Theme for 2015 (Part 38) - No One in Need - 4
August 31, 2015

The very mission of Jesus is “to bring glad tidings to the poor, .... to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Lk 4:18). This is our mission as well. This is through our work of evangelization and total human liberation, looking to both the spiritual and material aspects of poverty, such that there will be no one in need. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 86) - On Oxymorons
August 25-26, 2015

The term “servant leadership” is an oxymoron, that is, the two words are seemingly contradictory to each other. A leader is someone who is up there while a servant is someone who is down there. A leader has power, position and authority while a servant has none of those. A leader is the first while a servant is the last. This is the challenge to those who serve as leaders. They do need to be leaders, for that is what they have been tasked to do, but they do so with the hearts of servants. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 64) - The Last Will Be First
August 19, 2015

In today’s gospel about the workers in the vineyard, different workers put in different hours of work but get paid the same wage at the end of the day. This was resented by those who worked longer. “And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner.” (v.11). That seemed natural enough, especially for those who worked 8 hours while some others worked only one hour. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 63) - Wishing to be Perfect
August 17, 2015

Jesus came to win for us our salvation, so that we might enter into eternal life in heaven. For this to happen, we must repent and put our faith in Jesus. For this to happen, one needs to experience conversion, that is, to meet Christ and then to start to live Christ, a life of obedience to him. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 89) - Battle at the Synod - 7
August 15, 2015

Now this Bp Schneider is a godly man who boldly speaks the truth. He exposes those who would manipulate a change in Church teaching as false prophets and public liars. Now that certainly is not being politically correct! Bravo! 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 . . .

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, 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.

Now available at the CFC-FFL Shoppe

(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

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


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: 08-31-2015

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



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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