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

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

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

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

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

Amen.

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


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

ORATIO IMPERATA FOR THE RESPECT OF ALL HUMAN LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


















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

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

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

Amen.

Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


Prayer and Intercession
for Peace in Syria

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

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

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

Amen.

Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL

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

by Pope Leo XIII


POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

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

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

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

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

Amen.


Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5


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Our Theme for 2017 (Part 33): Working Together
June 19, 2017

As one community of CFC-FFL, as one Church, as one people of God, we are called to unity. This is for its own sake as well as for the sake of mission. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 32): The Eucharist
June 18, 2017

The greatest prod to and foundation for unity in the body of Christ is the Eucharist. It is the partaking by all Catholics of the body and blood of Jesus. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 77): Mercy and Justice

Today there are those in our Church who focus on mercy but neglect justice. It is as if one can pursue only either one of the two, that one is the opposite of the other, and the greater virtue is mercy. Read more . . .


On the Triune God (Part 12): Love, Grace and Fellowship - 2
June 11, 2017

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you.” (v.13). So ends the letter of Paul to the Galatians. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 38): Catholic Parish Celebrates Homosexuality
June 09, 2017

The agenda of homosexualists in the Catholic Church is clear: it is to have full acceptance, and blessing, of homosexual relationships as normal and acceptable lifestyles in our Church. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 37): Moral and Spiritual Crises in Society and Church
June 07, 2017

We are in unprecedented evil times. Faith, family and life continue to be under severe threat. We must resist and go on the offensive. To be able to do that, we must be informed and educated. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 36): Venerating Idols
June 07, 2017

Here is ecumenism and dialogue gone astray. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 31): Pentecost
June 04, 2017

The Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus’ disciples on the day of Pentecost. It was a dramatic moment. “And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, .... Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 30): Unity for Perfection and for Mission
May 19, 2017

Jesus’ final prayer before his arrest and passion was for unity. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one” (v.20-21a). Jesus prays for his disciples and also for those they will evangelize, that all would be united in him. Read more . . .


Holy Warriors (Part 34): Holy Warriors - 11
May 30, 2017

Paul is the compleat holy warrior. In his farewell speech at Miletus, he testified as to what makes for a holy warrior. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 222): A Work of the Spirit - 2
May 29, 2017

The work of evangelization is the work of the Holy Spirit. This is even more crucial now that we are called to the New Evangelization. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 88): Commissioned
May 28, 2017

God sent His own Son Jesus into the world to win for us our salvation. Then God established His Church. God “put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Eph 1:22-23a). We are all members of the body of Christ on earth. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 35): Gay Marriage in Malta
May 25, 2017

How times have changed. It used to be that Catholic bishops were the defenders of the faith and of truth. Now it is faithful lay Catholics who are opposing gay marriage, but the bishops are denouncing their move as propaganda. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 34): Threesome Marriage
May 23, 2017

After the acceptance of same-sex unions/marriage, now anything goes. Multiple partners in a marriage/family arrangement. Sexual licentiousness has reached depths of depravity previously unimagined. Sex with animals. Sex with a corpse. Sex with robots. Name it, it can happen. What with a crazy world with no moral norms or values. Read more . . .


The Culture of Life (Part 21): There is Hope
May 23, 2017

Amidst the all-out assault against faith, family and life, from without and even from within our Church, there are those who take a bold stand. Bishops like Cardinal Burke and Bp Athanasius Schneider. Young people. Young couples. Pro-lifers. Lovers of Jesus and the Church. There is hope. But it will be a long, drawn-out, bruising battle. We are called to faithfulness, commitment and sacrifice. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 33): The Anti-Church and the Anti-Gospel
May 21, 2017

These are perilous times for the life of our Church. Not only are we facing a massive assault by the devil resulting in a tsunami of evil upon the whole world, but we have to contend with the enemy within. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 32): Sologamy
May 21, 2017

Will the craziness never stop? Here is something to make you laugh .... or cry. Women are marrying themselves. This is a by-product of modernism, focused on the individual and on political correctness. Anything goes. And it is all about destroying God’s design for marriage. A man-woman exclusive relationship has become just one other option. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 31): The Final Battle
May 21, 2017

We are already in the end times, when the final battle is being fought. But many in our Church are still distracted or not engaged, preferring to emphasize aspects of Christian life and work such as social justice--work with the poor, immigration, climate change, etc. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 30): Conservatives are Losing
May 21, 2017

Conservatives are losing the culture war, on every front. The world is in a sorry state, starting with the greatest nation on earth, the USA under Obama and the Democratic Party of Death, with its strong influence on the nations of the world. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 29): Skirts for Boys
May 18, 2017

Just when you thought we had reached the end of craziness and it could not get worse. But we need to credit the evil one for thinking up more and more idiocy which the liberal culture embraces wholeheartedly. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 28): Fatima and Pro-Life
May 18, 2017

We have said it over and over again. The final battle in this third millennium is the culture of death versus the culture of life. The assaults on faith, family and life by very powerful human forces, backed by the devil, continues and intensifies, founded on sexual licentiousness. The secular world is truly under the dominion of the enemy. There is only one real enemy, and it is the evil one. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 27): United Nations' Attacks on Pro-Life
May 18, 2017

The United Nations (UN), especially through its bureaucrats, has been very much a promoter of the culture of death for a very long time. This is all in the guise of human rights. How ironic. All have rights except the baby in the womb. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 29): Unity in the Spirit
May 19, 2017

The early Church was beset by her own challenges. There were Christian missionaries not mandated by the top leadership that upset Christian communities with their teachings and thus disturbed their peace of mind (v.24). So the apostles and presbyters sent them a letter that said, “It is the decision of the holy Spirit and of us ....” (v.28a Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 26): Academia is Lost
May 18, 2017

This is a long read, but well worth it. Most Christians, committed or otherwise, are totally unaware of what has been happening, in the all-out assault by modernists, liberals, radical feminists and LGBT forces to destroy faith, family and life. Read more . . .


Holy Warriors (Part 33): An Advancing Army
May 18, 2017

The psalmist says, “proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds.” (v.2b-3). This is our very mission. It is about rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 25): Embryos into Jewelry
May 17, 2017

Just when you thought that it could not get worse, it does. Well, the devil is very creative, that is, in a destructive way. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 76): The Gospel of the Cross
May 16, 2017

"It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22b). Hardship, suffering and pain are the lot of the authentic missionary. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 87): The Search for Peace
May 16, 2017

The world is troubled and desperately searches for peace. But to the world, peace is just the absence of war or conflict. This is not the peace of Christ, which is shalom. Read more . . .


On the Triune God (Part 11): Guided by the Trinity
May 15, 2017

We as God’s people must obey His commandments. There are many today who profess to love God but who do not follow in His ways. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 28): Built into a Spiritual Home
May 14, 2017

Jesus, the suffering servant, is the cornerstone of the Church which he himself established. Read more . . .


Holy Warriors (Part 32): Rejoicing in Victory
May 13, 2017

Holy warriors are part of the armies of the living God. Their Commander-in-Chief, Jesus, has already won victory on the cross. He is the Holy One, who is the powerful King of kings. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 27): Saints, Servants, Soldiers
May 12, 2017

Unity in Christ comes as we all strive for holiness, to authentic servanthood, and to engaging in spiritual warfare (work of evangelization). Our positive focus is on Christ our Lord, our negative focus is on the devil, the one enemy. Read more . . .


Holy Warriors (Part 31): A Holy Warrior After God's Own Heart
May 11, 2017

David was a holy warrior. To be holy is to be set apart. To be a warrior is to engage the enemy. David was set apart by God to lead His people Israel and take the land promised by God. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 221): A Work of the Spirit
May 10, 2017

The work of evangelization is the work of the Holy Spirit, entrusted to us. It is the Holy Spirit who tells us what to do, as He did with the early Church. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 220): Evangelization Then and Now
May 09, 2017

The New Evangelization, focused on nominal and lapsed Catholics, is more challenging that the original evangelization by the early Church. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 219): Baptism in the Spirit - 5
May 08, 2017

“John baptized with water but you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” (v.16b). John’s was a baptism of repentance. Jesus’ is about life-giving repentance and infilling by the Spirit. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 75): A Corrupt Generation
May 07, 2017

"Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." (Acts 2:40b). Today's generation is even more corrupt than in the time of Jesus. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 24): Transgender Madness - 3
May 06, 2017

Such madness and utter stupidity will not stop, since it is a work of the evil one, designed to destroy God’s design. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 74): Hard Sayings of the Gospel
May 06, 2017

When Jesus told his disciples about having to eat his flesh and drink his blood, many of them were shocked and could not accept the teaching. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 218): The Conversion of Saul - 2
May 05, 2017

The story of Saul’s conversion is fascinating. He experienced a 180-degree turnaround in just three days. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 23): Gay Pride
May 04, 2017

We are deep inside the greatest spiritual battle ever, with modernists and liberals and radical feminists and LGBT adherents openly and aggressively assaulting faith, family and life. Satan and his minions have taken much ground, even invading the Church herself, getting support from what are now the enemy within, which includes clerics and bishops. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 217): LCSC Is One Dynamic Response
May 03, 2017

I am glad someone else, in this case Phil Lawler, is saying what he is saying. This is what we have been saying all along about the sad state of our Church. Read more . . .


correctness comes in, that is, sinners are welcomed and embraced but are not told of their sin. Read more . . .


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

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

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

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

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

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

God bless.

Frank


Honoring Toto De La Cruz
December 20, 2011

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

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


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Not Being a True Catholic
September 12, 2011

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


Sex Education in Schools Useless and Harmful
September 02, 2011

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank Padilla's Latest Books

Published in the Philippines, September 2016

El Camino De Santiago (The Way of St. James) has been an attraction for pilgrims for many centuries. It is one of three pilgrimages that have become important for Cathoics, the other two being Jerusalem (the Holy Land) and the Vatican (Rome).

St. James is the James, who with his brother John and their mother Salome, sought to have places of honor at the right and the left of Jesus. Jesus then took that opportunity to teach the apostles about servent leadership. They never forgot the lesson. James went on to dedicate his life as an apostle and missionary, and ultimately suffered martyrdom.

Today there is a great need for holiness, which necessitates an inner pilgrimage. There is a critical need for Catholics to respond to the call to the New Evangelization, to be among those who are sent, that is "apostles." And there is a dire need to raise leaders after God's own heart, those who will lead and care for tghe flock of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are fortunate to have many teachers to teach us about authentic servant leadership -- from James the Greater, to Samuel the prophet, to David the king, to Peter the first pope, to Paul the great apostle, to Jesus the Messiach. In this book they give us 144 principles of servant leadership.

Take this virtual pilgrimage, and walk the Way of St. James toward a more effective serfvant leadership.


Published in the Philippines, December 2015

(Second Edition)

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, October 2015

The world is in darkness. A tsunami of evil is upon us. Things are going from bad to worse. Is there hope?

Yes, there is hope, because there is Christ and his Church. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." (Jn 8:12). Then he says, "You are the light of the world." (Mt.5:14). It is up to God's people to dispel the darkness of evil and sin by bringing God's light to shine upon the earth.

But we have another problem. God's people are scattered and lost. And those entrust with their care are themselves unfaithful to their call. These are the shepherds, the pastors, the servant leaders. Many of those called do not know what the call is about, and thus have not responded accordingly.

There is a dire need to understand the call to servant leadership.


Published in the Philippines, June 2014

Have you ever wondered what certain difficult or challenging passages in the Bible mean?

* Do not be anxious at all about life.
* Renounce all your possessions.
* Love your enemies.
* Turn the other cheek.
* Rejoice in suffering.
* Pray without ceasing.
* Be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

Have you ever desired to be the person that God intended you to be?

The times are urgent for the life of the world, as well as for those of us who truly desire to live in and for Jesus. Thus the whole Church has been called to the New Evangelization. If we desire to respond to this prophetic call, we must become a people formed according to God's ways. We must obey what Jesus tells us. But how can we obey if we do not understand? We can start to understand as we tak this life - changing journey for the next 40 days.


Published in the Philippines, June 2014

The Roman Catholic Church has sounded the call to the New Evangelization. This is a very important prophetic call for the work of the third millennium.

How are we to respond? How are we to understand the call to the New Evangelization? How can the people of God, especially the laity, participate in the action of the Holy Spirit during these times.

One response is the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement. LCSC is intended to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization, so that every Catholic will meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ.


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A CALL TO ARMS
(Defending the Culture of Life)

Homily of Fr. Melvin Castro
Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life

CFC-FFL "Strong in God" Conference
Baguio City, January 22-23, 2011


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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: 06-01-2017

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
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CLERGY

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CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2017

Heavenly Father, you are the Creator and we are all your children. Make us truly one. Protect us from the division in families, in communities, in the Church and in the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Savior who died for us and saved us. Now as your disciples, you send us forth to proclaim the good news of salvation in you throughout the world. May we be worthy witnesses. Show us the way to self-denial, embrace of the cross, and following you. Raise among us true servant leaders who have a passion for souls.

Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization who sends us to engage in spiritual warfare. Equip us with the armor of God and weapons of righteousness. Help us to preserve unity in the Spirit through the bond of peace. May we stand together as your holy warriors.

Triune God, you are three Persons in one God. In you we have one baptism, one faith, one hope. We are one body. Help us to truly become united in mind and heart, in vision and mission, to be one with the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.

Mama Mary, you are our beloved Mother. We are your offspring who strive to keep God’s commands, bear witness to Jesus, and wage war in the Spirit against the enemy. Cover us with your mantle of protection, keeping us in your loving embrace always.

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2016

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

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

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

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

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.


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

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

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

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

Hail Mary …

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