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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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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


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

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HEART OF THE MATTER: FRANK AND GERRY PADILLA

 

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 . . .


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Synodos (Part 48) - Discussion of Issues
March 26, 2015

Those who want to undermine authentic Catholic teaching often work in the shadows and not in the light. This is one reason why many lay Catholics no longer know the authentic faith. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 47) - Liberals With An Agenda
March 25, 2015

There indeed is an agenda, that of the anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist, radical feminist ideologues. The ultimate aim is to destroy faith, family and life. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 46) - A Battle Going On
March 24, 2015

This time I perfectly agree with Cardinal Kasper, that a battle is going on. It is a spiritual battle, with the vitality of our faith and the future of souls at stake. The only question is where you stand in this battle-with God or with the enemy? We indeed have to continually pray for the bishops who will be at the Synod this October. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2015 (Part 29)- Affirming Our Theme
March 24, 2015

Pope Francis, in his visit to the Cathedral of the Assumption in Naples and meeting with clergy, religious and permanent deacons of the archdiocese, in effect affirmed the antecedents of our theme for this year. In our thrust of building the Church of the Poor, we look to three things: to our relationship with God (worship), to our relationship with our brethren (loving one another in unity of vision and mission), and to our relationship with the world (the work of evangelization and mission). Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 60)- Affirming Our Theme
March 24, 2015

Pope Francis, in his visit to the Cathedral of the Assumption in Naples and meeting with clergy, religious and permanent deacons of the archdiocese, in effect affirmed the antecedents of our theme for this year. In our thrust of building the Church of the Poor, we look to three things: to our relationship with God (worship), to our relationship with our brethren (loving one another in unity of vision and mission), and to our relationship with the world (the work of evangelization and mission). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 71) - Being a Servant Leader - 3
March 22, 2015

A servant is one who follows his master. “Whoever serves me must follow me”. That refers not just to obeying the master’s commands and going where the master is going, but also to imitating the master’s ways. If the master comes to serve and not to be served, so likewise the servant leader. If the master forgives the servant’s debt, so should this servant forgive the much lesser debts of another servant to him. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 119) - The New Covenant
March 22, 2015

We are the people of the New Covenant. Christians are the new Israel. God promised to those who would profess their faith in Jesus: “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 45) - Who Am I to Judge?
March 20, 2015

Pope Francis, when asked about the situation of a priest with homosexual orientation, remarked “Who am I to judge?” The homosexualists were ecstatic with joy, and spread their conclusion that the pope was now tolerant and accepting of homosexuality. This is entirely out of context. What the pope actually said was, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 44) - Being Nice - 3
March 19, 2015

Why should we be amazed at the angry criticism by Elton John and other rabid homosexualists against Dolce & Gabbana? For radical homosexuals, they are about an all-out assault against faith, family and life. Only if authentic Christian faith (that condemns active homosexuality) is overturned, only if the traditional family becomes obsolete, only if generation of life does not become a key aspect of marriage, can gay unions or marriage ever be justified. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 43) - Recognition of Same-Sex Unions - 5
March 19, 2015

The Protestant Churches continue on their liberal, progressive and modernist downward spiral. Is this what we want for our Catholic Church? You may say, Never! But that is what all the Christian Churches said before. Once you embark on the slippery slope, then it is eventually and inevitably going all the way. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 42) - Communion for Divorced and Remarried - 5
March 18, 2015

What a pleasant contrast this stand of the Polish Bishops’ Conference is to that of the German Bishops’ Conference, which favored communion for the divorced and remarried and some of whose bishops even averred that they would act independently of the Vatican. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 41) - Being Nice - 2
March 17, 2015

What has this article on abortion have to do with the October Synod of Bishops? Remember that the culture of death is one package -- contraception, abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage, euthanasia. The contentious issues for our prelates at the synod are in the areas of cohabitation, divorce and remarriage, and same-sex unions. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 40) - Wolf in the Sheepfold
March 12, 2015

Make no mistake about it. The agenda of liberals and modernists is to totally overturn the teachings and pastoral practice of the Church. This is a diabolical move from the sacred to the secular. It is a move to turn the Church from a divine institution established by Christ himself to a human institution conformed to the world. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2015 (Part 28) - Unity of Vision and Mission
March 12, 2015

Jesus says, “Whoever is not with me is against me” (v.23a). There is no middle ground. You are either with him or against him. Now we might say, but I am not against Jesus. Well, if you are not fully for and with him, then you in effect are against him, by default. If you are not striving to be fully his disciple, then you can only get in his way and end up disrupting the work he desires to be done. If you are not solidly in his camp, then you become among those who are within the sphere of influence of the enemy. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 39) - Division in the Church
March 12, 2015

The sad truth is that there is division in the highest levels in our Church, with liberals on one side and traditionalists on the other. The former would like to be more accommodating to those in sexual wrongdoing (living in, divorced and remarried, same-sex unions), in the name of mercy and compassion, while the latter insist on holding on to orthodox Catholic teaching on morality. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 59)- Encountering Christ
March 10, 2015

There is a lot of activity in Catholic parishes, but many Catholics have not really met Christ nor know him. What Catholics need is to have a personal encounter and to enter into a personal relationship with the living Lord. From here, one starts to live Christ and also to share Christ with others. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 38) - Communion for Divorced and Remarried - 4
March 05, 2015

A schism? That may not be farfetched because today we have the new Luthers in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Germany. But wait, that might be unfair to Luther. Luther after all had valid complaints against the corruption in the Church at that time. Today’s liberal German bishops are going against established Church teaching and are the ones corrupting the purity of our doctrine and pastoral practice. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2015 (Part 27) - Liberation for the Poor, Salvation for Us - 2
March 05, 2015

We have the familiar parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Dives was super rich, “who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.” (Lk 16:19). Lazarus was super poor, “lying at his door ...., covered with sores” (Lk 16:20). Lazarus did not need much, and “would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.” (Lk 16:21a). But Dives did not give him anything. When they both died, Dives went to “the netherworld, where he was in torment” (Lk 16:23a), while Lazarus “was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.” (Lk 16:22a). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 70) - Being a Servant Leader - 2
March 04, 2015

Jesus asks James and John, “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” (v.22b). To which they answered, “We can.” (v.22c). They did not understand then (v.22a) and many servant leaders today still do not understand. They are still looking to pride, power and position. They think that what Jesus is asking is this: “Can you drink the piña colada at the Country Club?” Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 69) - Being a Servant Leader
March 03, 2015

We are all servants of our Master, the Lord Jesus, and those who are called to become leaders are to be servant leaders. We might think that that indeed would be the way in the spiritual body that is the Church, but most often, those who serve as leaders in the Church become just like their secular counterparts. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 118) - On Track with the New Evangelization
February 28, 2015

Fr. Cantalamessa’s first Lenten homily reflects many of the elements that we as the community of CFC-FFL have taken up in our response to the New Evangelization. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 117) - Called to Perfection - 2
February 28, 2015

The call of God to us in its fullness is impossible for man. It is a call to be perfect just as the heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48). In fact, this call is unnatural. We are sinful flesh so how can we attain to the perfection of the Father? Just consider how so few saints (canonized) there are compared to the billions of people in the world who were and are carnal and worldly. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 37) - Communion for Divorced and Remarried - 3
February 28, 2015

Pastoral practice cannot be detached from Catholic teaching and doctrine. Pastoral practice needs to be based on the truth, not on false mercy. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 36) - The Anglican Church
February 27, 2015

The Anglican Church was born out of Henry VIII’s lust. So what kind of Church is that? Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 35) - Death and Life
February 27, 2015

What should be our ultimate goal? It is to experience the salvation of Jesus and make it to heaven. It is not our ultimate goal to have justice and peace on earth, as those are intermediate goals while on earth, as a way of beginning to experience concretely the salvation and liberation won for us by Jesus. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2015 (Part 26) - Look to Jesus, Look to the Poor - 2
February 26, 2015

Here is a basic reality: “The Lord is on high, but cares for the lowly” (v.6a). God loves the poor. God has a preferential option for the poor. Our work with the poor stems from God’s love for them. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 34) - Call to Repentance
February 25, 2015

This generation is an evil generation” (Lk 11:29b). Indeed it is. Today the world is so steeped in evil. There is an explosion of sexual licentiousness. There is massive loss of faith, with massive numbers of Catholics turning away from Christ and the Church. There is apostasy, with rejection of the faith and even assaulting the faith. There is the massive onslaught of the culture of death, aiming to destroy family and life. There is the oppression and persecution of Christians, with Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East and Christians being marginalized and discriminated against in the western world. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2015 (Part 25) - Liberation for the Poor, Salvation for Us
February 23, 2015

There are so many people in need in the world today. The most in need are the poor. They are those who do not have food (or not enough of it), those who are marginalized and in the peripheries of society, those without adequate clothing and shelter, those who are sick, those in prisons. They are neglected by the world at large, and even considered dregs of society, whom the high and mighty would want to just get rid of. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 116) - Right Relationship with God and Neighbor
February 23, 2015

When God formed a people He would call His own, when He entered into covenant with Israel, He already told them the way they were to go. He already gave them the key to a life of peace, joy and prosperity. They were to relate properly to Himself and to each other. Christians today are the new Israel, the new people of God. How God wants to relate to us is the same as it was before. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 33) - A Radical, Not a Liberal
February 22, 2015

Pope Francis is a radical, not a liberal. Well said. Truly a man in the tradition of St Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis is a man who loves, especially the least and those in the peripheries, but he is also a Son of the Church and will be faithful to Catholic teaching. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 58)- On Live Pure
February 22, 2015

We have what Pope Francis desires for Catholic youth: Live Pure and the LCSC LCS for youth. 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
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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, 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

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: 02-03-2015

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
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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
SERVANT GENERAL
with the
CLERGY

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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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