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THAT THREATENS FAMILY AND LIFE!

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.

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


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

ORATIO IMPERATA FOR THE RESPECT OF ALL HUMAN LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


















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ORATIO IMPERATA
FOR DELIVERANCE
FROM CALAMITIES

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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On Servant Leadership (Part 85) - Principles for Servant Leaders
July 19, 2015

Today’s reading from the book of Exodus provides certain principles or realities useful for servant leaders to know. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 145) - New Things Have Come - 3
July 25, 2015

The New Evangelization requires a new breed of evangelizers, missionaries, witnesses, warriors and servant leaders. Or rather, just as the New Evangelization is a return to the old tested methodology of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit and the evangelizing mission of the early Church, so too is such new breed actually a return to the old breed of staunch, zealous, committed, long-suffering disciples who went all-out for Christ and for the Church. We do not see many of them these days. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 130) - Having a Life-Giving Householdl
July 23, 2015

Households are small pastoral groupings of members. They are essential to the life and mission of our CFC-FFL community. They are where members are cared for, and where members are helped to grow in the Lord. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 144) - New Things Have Come - 2
July 23, 2015

We have been called to the New Evangelization. Many do not understand this call. It is a prophetic call by the Holy Spirit, with great relevance in our times, directing us in the way our Church is to go. For us in CFC-FFL, this is LCSC. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 129) - Pope's Address to Charismatic Renewal
July 22, 2015

Last July 3-4 in Rome, Pope Francis addressed the charismatic renewal. Now our spirituality, both in CFC-FFL and LCSC, is charismatic. But sometimes this becomes an obstacle to acceptance by some pastors and lay leaders. So we all need to understand how charismatic spirituality is an essential element of the methodology of Pentecost and is intended for effective evangelization to the ends of the earth. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 143) - New Things Have Come
July 22, 2015

Today’s short reading contains much that impact on our movement forward in the New Evangelization. The reading contains, if you will, some basic principles of evangelization. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 60) - Being the Family of God
July 21, 2015

We say we are the children of God and the brethren of Jesus. Are we indeed? What makes us members of the family of God? Jesus himself gives the requirement. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 142) - Evangelization and War
July 20, 2015

When we evangelize, we engage in spiritual warfare. We contend with powerful enemy forces. We will be bruised, battered and bloodied. But know this: Jesus has already won the victory, at Calvary on the cross. But while we know how the end turns out, people are still being lost and are still going to hell rather than to heaven. So we are in for a tough fight. But know this further: God fights for and with us. Read more . . .


The Culture of Life (Part 14) - Same-Sex Marriage - 3
July 19, 2015

Catholics, stand up and speak out. Resist the totalitarian bullies, who ask for tolerance but are the most intolerant. Stop being politically correct. This is one reason why it has come to this, because good Catholics including priests and prelates have not spoken out. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 141) - Live the Word
July 19, 2015

One of the 4 pillars of LCSC is Live the Word, which intends to get Catholics to read the Bible. Many Catholics do not know the Bible. But if we are to live Christ and share Christ, then the Bible is indispensable. St. Jerome says that ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 140) - Parishes Must Evangelize
July 19, 2015

We agree. Parishes must become evangelizing communities. Especially since our Catholic Church is a missionary Church. There are too many Catholics who are lapsed or non-practicing. They are within reach by their co-parishioners. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 128) - Unity and Peace
July 19, 2015

What is crucial in a Christian community, for it to accomplish its mission, is unity and peace. A house divided against itself will not stand. A house full of strife will be sapped of its strength and determination. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 84) - The Good Shepherd - 4
July 19, 2015

Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are his flock whom he fully cares for. “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.” (Ps 23:1). Jesus will do what he can to care for his flock. “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” (Mk 6:34). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 59) - Of Prophets and Visionaries
July 16, 2015

Why do we evangelize? It is due to God’s aim, which is to “make known among the peoples his deeds!” (Ps 105:1b). And of course His greatest deed is the salvation won for us by Jesus on the cross. In this work of evangelization, God uses His people as His instruments. He raises leaders among His people to help move everyone else for the mission. For both His people and their leaders, in order that they might know what they are called to do, God raises and anoints prophets and visionaries “to instruct his princes as he desired, to teach his elders wisdom.” (Ps 105:22). They guide, teach, admonish, encourage, support and move God’s people along the path ordained for them. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 58) - God's Goodness
July 15, 2015

God is good! All the time! How has the Lord been truly good to us? Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 57) - June 26
July 15, 2015

June 26 is the founding date of CFC, a ministry dedicated to renewal of the family and defense of life. Just as homosexualists have co-opted the rainbow (a sign of God’s covenant) as its own, now, as far as concerns us, they are also co-opting our special day! Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 64) - The War Intensifies
July 10, 2015

The work of evangelization brings us face-to-face with an unbelieving world with all of its secular humanist values, and also brings us eyeball-to-eyeball with the evil one, whose dominion we are trying to overturn. Satan of course is powerful, being a fallen angel, and the secular powers he utilizes, including world governments, are also very powerful. Thus we can expect to be oppressed and persecuted. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 63) - Principles of Evangelization
July 09, 2015

Jesus came to save us all. He already won our salvation on the cross. Now that salvation has to be accepted by us, as we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. For that to happen, we look to the process of evangelization: Jesus sends, we proclaim, people hear, they believe, they call on the name of the Lord, they are saved (see Romans 10:13-15a). Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 84) - Speak Out Against Evil - 2
July 08, 2015

The progressives in the Church hierarchy are probing and pushing, looking to advance their liberal agenda. Traditional and orthodox Catholics need to push back and staunchly defend our Church Magisterium. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 139) - The Church's Mission and Our Vision
July 08, 2015

Our mission in CFC-FFL is the very mission of the Church, as directed by Jesus. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 63) - On Charismatic Renewal - 2
July 07, 2015

Pope Francis affirms our direction and those aspects of ministry that we emphasize. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 83) - Speak Out Against Evil
July 07, 2015

Faithful and orthodox Catholics must speak out against the insidious work of reproductive health and gay rights groups, which work is diabolical, intended to destroy faith, family and life. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 138) - Jesus' Mission and Our Vision
July 07, 2015

Our mission in CFC-FFL is the very mission of Jesus. “Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.” Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 127) - Security under God's Protection
July 06, 2015

We know we can be secure under God’s protection. We know God can work wonders in our lives. God can bring miraculous healing, as in the case of the woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years, with just a touch of the tassel of his cloak (Mt 9:20). God can even raise the dead, as in the case of Jesus bringing back to life the official’s daughter (Mt 9:18,25). Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 126) - Having Faith
June 28, 2015

As Christians, we have faith in Jesus, that is, we believe in him as Savior and Lord. But Jesus calls us to mountain-moving faith. It is belief in him as possessing all authority and power from the Father, and being able to empower us as his instruments to carry out his divine commission. Such faith is necessary if we are to defeat the work of the enemy, who is powerful, and to do a truly massive work of evangelization. Read more . . .


The Culture of Life (Part 13) - Same-Sex Marriage - 2
June 28, 2015

To begin to understand what is happening in the world, especially with regard to sins of human sexuality, in particular the acceptance of same-sex marriage, we need to turn to God’s wisdom. Why is it that radical homosexuals cannot see that their homosexual acts are unnatural? One just needs to look at how a man and a woman are physically made, and see the natural complementarity, and thus the inherent disorder in a homosexual union. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 83) - Humility and Faith
June 27, 2015

We are servant leaders who are warriors in God’s army. We should be able to relate to the centurion in today’s reading. Read more . . .


The Culture of Life (Part 12) - Same-Sex Marriage
June 27, 2015

What a terrible, disturbing, dangerous, diabolical development! But not totally unexpected, given the aggressive onslaught of anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist forces, and the neglect of God’s people for standing up for the authentic faith and traditional values. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 62) - Importance of the Bible - 2
June 26, 2015

Pope Francis affirms that ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. Thus, in our desire for all to meet Christ and to live Christ and to share Christ, knowledge of the Bible is crucial. This is why one of our four pillars is Live the Word, focusing on the Liturgical Bible Study (LBS). Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 137) - The Crossroad
June 24, 2015

Today’s reading provides the verses from which we developed our theme for 2011. The theme itself was “My God is now my Strength!” (v.5d). I also wrote a book “40 Days in the Strength of God,” in which I said on the back cover: “Once again CFC-FFL is at the crossroad. With 30 years of experience in doing God’s work, with all the ups and downs, having been purified and restored, will the army that is CFC-FFL go all out for Jesus? Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 125) - The Holy Pearl
June 23, 2015

Today’s gospel contains a problematic passage. “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 124) - Judge Not
June 22, 2015

Unity in the body of Christ is crucial, for its witness and for its effective mission. Two things that foment disunity are a critical spirit and gossip. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 56) - Calming the Storm
June 21, 2015

Jesus sends us to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. We are supposed to leave our homes and comfort zones to do mission in other places. We go with Jesus as he says, “Let us cross to the other side.” Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 82) - Strength in Weakness
June 20, 2015

Yesterday we looked at the humility of a servant leader, and how worldly acclaim can bring him down. Pride unfortunately is part of our fallen nature, and no one is immune, even the greatest among God’s people like Paul (in fact those who are great are most at risk). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 81) - Humility and Concern
June 19, 2015

A primary virtue of a servant leader, because he is one who looks on himself as a servant rather than a privileged leader, is humility. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 123) - Keeping on Track
June 18, 2015

What is the wonderful nature of our calling in Christ? We as God’s people are the bride of Christ. We are betrothed to God, who as lover and husband is jealous and possessive, as is fitting. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 82) - Speaking with One Voice
June 17, 2015

How can the African bishops speak with one voice? Well, it is the one voice of Christ and of the Church, affirming traditional Church teaching. It is the one voice rejecting destructive reproductive health and gender ideologies that seek to destroy faith, family and life. Read more . . .


Theme for 2015 (Part 37) - Generosity in Giving - 2
June 17, 2015

The one who gives will receive. And receive abundantly. “Consider this:” (2 Cor 9:6a). Read more . . .


Theme for 2015 (Part 36) - Generosity in Giving
June 16, 2015

Paul extolled the churches of Macedonia for their generosity in giving to the church in Jerusalem that was in great need. What was exemplary about their giving? It was no ordinary giving, but much more. It “overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.” (v.2c). 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: 06-10-2015

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
SERVANT GENERAL
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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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