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

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

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

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


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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig

Prayer and Intercession
for Peace in Syria

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

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

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


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


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

by Pope Leo XIII


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

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

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

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


Theme for 2016:
Rich in Mercy”

Ephesians 2:4

Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5


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From the Servant General

The New Evangelization (Part 198) - Urgency of the New Evangelization - 4
September 25, 2016

The work of the New Evangelization is truly urgent. It is all about addressing poverty in the world, both material and spiritual. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 197) - All is Vanity - 2
September 23, 2016

We do divine work, but we often judge the results of our work by human standards. When we give our all to God’s service, we at times wonder why the results are not as great as we would like them to be. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 196) - All is Vanity
September 22, 2016

“Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” (Eccl 1:2). What the ancient sage is saying is that it is practically useless to exert all our efforts in life, as nothing really changes. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 4) - Unity in Diversity - 2
September 21, 2016

The very essence of unity in the body is the unity that is in the Godhead -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 195) - Sharing Christ
September 16-17, 2016

The way of New Evangelization given to us, and through us to the Church, is LCSC. Its primary program of proclamation is the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). After the LCS, unlike in CFC-FFL where those who finish the CLS are brought into the community for further formation including being in households, the LCS graduates are supposed to look to the parish for further formation. Their community is the parish. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 118) - The Ultimate Servant Leader
September 14, 2016

Jesus is the ultimate servant leader. He is our leader, but he came to serve us all, taking the lowest place in doing so. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 3) - Unity in Diversity
September 13, 2016

We as Church are the body of Christ on earth. It is one body, but has diversity of gifts, calling and ministries. “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” (v.12). Christ cannot be divided, and so the body of Christ should be united as one. Unfortunately there are many divisions in the body of Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 2) - One Bread, One Body
September 12, 2016

The greatest manifestation of unity in the body is when members of the body partake of the one body of Christ, and that is in the Eucharist. To be worthy to participate in the Eucharistic meal, we must be one in mind and heart, conformed to Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 1) - One in Christ
September 12, 2016

My dear brethren, our theme for 2017 is “One in Christ.” Our theme verse is Romans 12:5, which says, “so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 45) - Mercy and Justice - 8
September 11, 2016

Jesus came into the world in order to save us from our sins and win for us our salvation. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Tm 1:15b). Because God so loved the world, He does not want anyone to be lost. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine to look for the one lost sheep (Lk 15:4). Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 80) - Basic Mission, Basic Attack
September 10, 2016

Still yet again, Pope Francis stresses the basic mission of the Church, led by her bishops. It is to be on the front lines of evangelization. It is to preach the gospel. It is to search for the lost sheep. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 194) - Apostolic Zeal
September 09, 2016

The call to the New Evangelization is a call to apostolic zeal. There are many to be reached, especially within the Church. The laborers are few. Those few, while praying for many more, ought to be zealous in responding to God’s call. They need to be consumed by it. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 13) - Holy Warriors - 8
September 06, 2016

In the call to evangelize, we enter deep into spiritual warfare. In doing so, since we are God’s instruments, and since we assault the evil one, we need to be holy warriors. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 159) - Authentic Discipleship
September 04, 2016

Today one-third of the world population profess to be Christian. But how many are truly Christian? The Philippines is 92-94% Christian and a great majority of those are Catholics. But many are not living as true Christians. Who are authentic Christians? They are those who are true disciples of Jesus. And who are those? Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 12) - Holy Warriors - 7
August 29, 2016

Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet. And prophets are among those who are holy warriors. They are God’s spokespersons, and they assault the enemy with their prophetic words. As they engage powerful spiritual enemy forces, they are often the targets for assault, oppression and persecution. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 117) - Taking the Lowest Place
August 28, 2016

All who serve in the Church are servants of Christ. Some of them will be called to be leaders. But the leader is the servant. Thus we speak about being a “servant leader.” This is not an easy role to live out. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 116) - Using Anyone and Everyone
August 27, 2016

Yesterday we saw that God can use anyone. Today we see that God in fact delights in using the least among us. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 115) - The Cross of Christ
August 26, 2016

Once again Paul gives us many principles of servant leadership. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 114) - Stay Awake!
August 25, 2016

Servant leaders are very important instruments for God’s will in the world to be done. They are the ones who are entrusted with and tasked to carry out His plans. How they perform will determine to a large degree what happens to God’s people. Read more . . .

On Mary (Part 21) - Mary the Queen
August 22, 2016

Our life and work is basically all about Christ. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 79) - Affirming Our Direction - 4
August 18, 2016

Once again, Pope Francis affirms our direction, charism and our mission of evangelization. As he says, the Church needs “passionate missionaries.” These are the mercynaries, the holy warriors. We are to proclaim Jesus to all. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 44) - Mercy and Justice - 7
August 13, 2016

God is a God of mercy, and He is a God of justice. God is merciful and just. The two go together. While it might seem that mercy is at the expense of justice, it is not. The error is precisely when we emphasize God’s mercy without considering God’s justice. Today there is a false mercy, that looks to just accepting the sinner without correcting his sin. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 193) - An Unfaithful People
August 12, 2016

The New Evangelization is intended to bring God’s people, who are lost, back to God and back to the Church. The Church is the bride of Christ, but she has been unfaithful. The situation of God’s people (Israel) then was the same as the situation of God’s people (Christians) today. Or perhaps even worse. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 192) - Mercy and Mission
August 11, 2016

The New Evangelization is a prophetic call of the Spirit to God’s people, both to renew their ways and to be agents of renewal for the world. This is a particular challenge to the Catholic Church, the one true Church established by Jesus himself, and tasked as Christ’s body to proclaim the good news of salvation in him to the world. She is holy and apostolic. Unfortunately, God’s people are failing in these two areas. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 158) - God's Will Be Done
August 09, 2016

We always pray the Lord’s prayer, whether in private prayer, in community worship, with the rosary, in the Eucharistic celebration. Part of that prayer says, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” What is the Father’s will? Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 157) - Much Given, Much Expected
August 07, 2016

In considering our life and mission today, we look back on 35 years and see that we have been greatly blessed by God and used as a powerful instrument of renewal. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 11) - Assaulting the Enemy
August 04, 2016

Jesus appoints Peter as the first head of his Church. But what kind of Church is it? It is a missionary and victorious Church. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 4) - Called to Holiness
July 31, 2016

We are called to holiness. Now, not to respond to this call is dangerous, because not to move forward along the path God desires for us is to risk losing our way. After all, the world entices us, the devil lures us, and our flesh gives in easily. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 191) - Political Correctness
July 29, 2016

Political correctness is the bane in our Church today. It is not speaking to people about their sin, but just being welcoming and accepting. It is seeking not to offend, exclude or insult others, which may happen when people are confronted with their sin. At times this is thought of as mercy. But this is a false mercy, as it leaves people in their sin, and away from the salvation of God. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 190) - Casting the Net
July 28, 2016

What is the kingdom of heaven about? What is the work of the kingdom? What is the mission of the Church? The Church is missionary. She exists in order to do mission, Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 10) - Holy Warriors - 6
July 27, 2016

God calls us to be His holy warriors. And we are engaged in violent spiritual warfare. We have a formidable enemy, and we will surely be bruised and bloodied. Apart from our God, we would be beaten. But the God who calls us is the God who protects and empowers us. And He has already won the victory. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 113) - Drinking the Cup
July 25, 2016

The great failure in leadership in the Church is a failure in servanthood. Many who serve simply bring in their worldly understanding of leadership. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 189) - Weeds Among the Wheat
July 23, 2016

One big problem in our Church today is that we fight not only an enemy without but also an enemy within. There are many who should be our allies but who have allied themselves with the other side. They might be what you would describe as the weeds among the wheat. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 43) - Mercy and Justice - 6
July 21, 2016

Mercy and justice go together. In God’s relationship with us, you cannot have one without the other. Both these virtues define God. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 188) - Urgency of the New Evangelization - 3
July 15, 2016

The situation of Israel in Jeremiah’s time is the same situation of the Christian nations of the world today--the Philippines, the USA, Canada, Europe, etc. It is about their infidelity to God and to their call. And so there is great urgency in calling the nations back to God. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 42) - True Mercy - 6
July 19, 2016

The intent of true mercy is to bring us to salvation. “Show us, Lord, your mercy; grant us your salvation.” (Ps 85:8). Mercy and salvation are intimately connected. Thus it is false mercy that shows pity and compassion to sinners, accepting them wholeheartedly, but not speaking of their sin. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 187) - Urgency of the New Evangelization - 2
July 15, 2016

Here are 2 articles, one about the USA and the other the Philippines, that show the rot in our Catholic Church, that there is a strong enemy within. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 126) - The Enemy Within
July 13, 2016

As I have written about a number of times in the past, there are those within our Church, at the highest levels, who would like to water down our age-old teachings on sexual morality, and to adapt more to Protestant ways. Have not the Protestant Churches gone along this path? Where are they now? They are no longer truly Christian, having embraced the culture of death (contraception, abortion, divorce, same-sex unions, euthanasia), and they are in inevitable decline, even facing total collapse. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 9) - Unholy Warriors
July 13, 2016

God sends out holy warriors and fights with and for them, giving them the victory, at times in truly miraculous ways. We fight God’s war, but to be in His armies and to savor the victories, we need to be striving for holiness. Now here is a reality: if we are unholy, then God Himself fights against us, His very own people! Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 8) - Holy War
July 12, 2016

The Bible often speaks of holy war, where God and the enemies of God are in direct conflict. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 41) - The Good Samaritan
July 10, 2016

The good Samaritan is an example of one who is merciful. He felt compassion at the sight of a man stripped, beaten and left half-dead by robbers. But that could just be kindness or admirable human concern. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 186) - Urgency of the New Evangelization
July 07, 2016

People today are dying in their sins. They are those whom Jesus gave his life for, and already saved. But they need to accept what Jesus has done for them, repent and turn away from sin, and put their faith in Jesus. For this to happen, they need to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus. This is why the work of evangelization is so urgent. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 4) - The Meaning of Holiness
July 04, 2016

To be holy is to be pure and to be set apart, that is, to avoid sin and to keep away from being influenced by the secularist culture of the world. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 7) - Defeating the Enemy
July 03, 2016

Jesus sends out the 72 on mission. They are to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 185) - New Wine, New Wineskin, New Evangelization
July 02, 2016

People in Jesus’ time kept wine in wineskins. New wine would continually be produced, but used wineskins would not be recycled. New wineskins would be used. Read more . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

God bless.


Honoring Toto De La Cruz
December 20, 2011

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

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

Signs of the Times

Not Being a True Catholic
September 12, 2011

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

Sex Education in Schools Useless and Harmful
September 02, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank Padilla's Latest Books

Published in the Philippines, 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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(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: 07-25-2016

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hail Mary …

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