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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
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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 2014:
Empowered to Witness”
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
2 Timothy 1:7-8

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

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


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The Way Forward in Christ (Part 104) - Being One Body
September 16, 2014

The Church is one body, and a particular Christian community is one body. There are many members. “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body” (v.12a). One includes the many, and the many constitute one. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 91) - Gifts in the Body
September 16, 2014

Paul asks the rhetorical questions: “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” (v.29-30). The answer is “no,” and Paul is simply emphasizing that different people have different gifts. Read more . . .


On Mary (Part 18) - Comforted by Our Lady of Sorrows
September 15, 2014

Who is the one person who was there with Jesus from the very start up to the very end, and even up to now moving on to eternity? It is Mary and no other. In looking to Jesus’ humanity, she preceded Jesus her son. By the action of the Holy Spirit, it was she who gave life to Jesus. And it was she who was there at the end of Jesus’ earthly life. “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother ....” (Jn 19:25a). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 67) - Following in the Footsteps of Jesus
September 14, 2014

A servant leader is a servant of Jesus who has been designated by him to lead his people or care for his flock. The servant leader steps into the sandals of Jesus, doing to his people what Jesus would have done for them. He possesses his authority. But he is to exercise his authority as a servant. He is the leader of but is the servant to God’s people. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2014 (Part 51) - Woe to Me If I Do Not Preach the Gospel!
September 12, 2014

We are empowered to witness. This is our privilege, but it is also our obligation. “If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me” (v.16a). We have been commanded to preach the gospel. God expects us to do so. God is making Himself and His work dependent upon us. If we do not, there will be serious consequences. Indeed, as Paul said, “woe to me if I do not preach it!” (v.16b). Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 90) - Woe to Me If I Do Not Preach the Gospel!
September 12, 2014

We are empowered to witness. This is our privilege, but it is also our obligation. “If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me” (v.16a). We have been commanded to preach the gospel. God expects us to do so. God is making Himself and His work dependent upon us. If we do not, there will be serious consequences. Indeed, as Paul said, “woe to me if I do not preach it!” (v.16b). Read more . .


Thought for the Day (Part 34) - Foolishness of the Gospel - 2
September 11, 2014

As if Jesus’ teaching yesterday was not hard enough, now he ratchets it up one notch higher. “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (v.27). This is truly an overturning of the wisdom of the world and the natural inclinations of fallen man. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 33) - Foolishness of the Gospel
September 10, 2014

The first is last. The greatest is the least. The leader is servant. Such is the foolishness of the gospel. That is, to people who are worldly in their thinking, who put on not the mind of Christ but the mind of the world. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 89) - Living in the End Times
September 10, 2014

“For the world in its present form is passing away.” (v.31b). We are living in the end times, and “I tell you, brothers, the time is running out.” (v.29a). But Christians are still investing themselves in the world. They are getting married, raising families, acquiring goods, going up the corporate ladder, expanding their experience of what the world has to offer. These are not necessarily bad, but investing in them to the exclusion of spiritual matters deprive us of the greater investment we can make - that of meriting and serving the Kingdom. Read more . .


On Pope Francis (Part 45) - Evangelization and Work with the Poor
September 08, 2014

Pope Francis spoke to the bishops of Cameroon and referred to the considerable commitment on the part of the local churches in social work, which is recognized and appreciated by the civil authorities and must be the fulcrum of “a fruitful collaboration between the State and the Church, with full respect for her freedom. Commitment to social work is an integral part of evangelisation, as there is an intimate link between evangelisation and human development, which must be expressed and developed in all evangelising work.” Read more . .


Our Theme for 2014 (Part 50) - Worship and War
September 09, 2014

Jesus came into the world because he was sent on mission by the Father. After doing his part, he would then call, teach, train, commission and send disciples. Our part is to continue the salvific work of the Father. If we do not do what we are supposed to do, then we negate the very mission of Jesus and thwart the very plan of God. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 32) - They Left Everything
September 04, 2014

Jesus performed a great miracle in the catch of fish. Then he commissioned the fishermen to be fishers of men. Their response? They “left everything and followed him.” (v.11b). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 31) - We Are God's Co-Workers
September 03, 2014

We have an amazing calling, and that is, “we are God’s co-workers” (1 Cor 3:9a). We don’t just work for God, but we work with God. We are collaborators and partners. We are yoked with Christ. In this work we have our respective responsibilities, but God provides the fruit. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.” (1 Cor 3:6). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 30) - God's Wisdom
September 01, 2014

We all love Jesus, we all believe the Bible is the word of God, we all want to serve the Lord. However, at times we do not like what we are taught, and so we ignore, reject, or rebel. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2014 (Part 49) - Putting on God's Mind
August 31, 2014

We are called to be like Christ. For that, we need to put on God’s mind, which is totally different from that of the world. Our minds need to be renewed. “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2a). What happens when we do so? We are able to “discern what is the will of God” (Rom 12:2b). And that leads us to “what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Rom 12:2c). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 66) - Using Talents
August 30, 2014

We are all servants of our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has gone “on a journey” (v.14a), that is, has returned to heaven but will be back again. In the meantime, he has entrusted his work to us. He “called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.” (v.14b). This is important. God has entrusted his work to His people. He has made Himself dependent on His human instruments. This for us is a responsibility and privilege like no other. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 65) - The Master's Return
August 28, 2014

The Lord Jesus will return. Indeed, we are already in the end times. But we do not know when he will return (v.42b). “So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (v.44). So we need to “stay awake” (v.42a). We need to be vigilant and faithful to our task, each and every day, each and every hour. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 29) - If You Wish To Be Perfect
August 18, 2014

We all desire to make it to heaven, “to gain eternal life” (v.16b). What must we do? Jesus says, “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (v.17b). We are to obey God and His ways. What this does is it makes us good persons who will make it to heaven. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 28) - Turn Back and Live!
August 16, 2014

Jesus died so that we might live. No one else needs to die. How do we avoid death? Jesus restored us to the Father, and has shown us how to live our lives in accordance with His will. Thus God says, “if he walks by my statutes and is careful to observe my ordinances, that man is just­he shall surely live” (v.9). “Only the one who sins shall die!” (v.4c). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 27) - A Rebellious House
August 14, 2014

God raised, loved and used Israel for His glory. But they were disloyal, disobedient, and veered away. “They are such a rebellious house!” (Ez 12:2c). God sent prophets to chastise and rebuke them, and bring them back to the plan of God. But oftentimes they rejected the prophetic word. “They have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear.” (Ez 12:2b). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 26) - Being Granted What We Pray For
August 13, 2014

What Jesus says about prayer today is often misunderstood or misused. He says, “Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” . Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 88) - No One Lost
August 12, 2014

Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. Then he says, “In the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (v.14). God wants all to be saved, to be restored to Himself. That is why God sent His own Son Jesus to die for us. Now Jesus sends us, just as the Father sent him. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 25) - Overwhelmed with Grief
August 11, 2014

Don’t we sometimes say, “I have bad news and I have good news”? Thus Jesus tells his disciples about himself, “they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” (v.23a). How did his disciples take it? “And they were overwhelmed with grief.” (v.23b). They focused on the bad news but then seemed to be unmindful of the good news. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 24) - Our Great Calling
August 10, 2014

What a great calling we have as Christians, as Catholics, as CFC-FFL. Christians are the new Israel. Christians are successors to the promises and plan of God for His people. Read more . . .


No One in Need (Part 16) - Justice to the Oppressed Poor
August 09, 2014

The Lord “is he who judges the world with justice” (v.9a). Justice is giving to everyone what is his due. To the poor is due an equitable share of the world’s goods, which are all provided by God for His people. Who then are the unjust? Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 23) - How Long Will I Endure You?
August 09, 2014

Jesus was exasperated. At what? “Because of your little faith.” (v.20a). His disciples had not been able to cure the boy with a demon (v.16). Jesus was so exasperated that he called them a “faithless and perverse generation” (v.17a). Lack of faith is connected with perversity! Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 22) - Get Behind Me, Satan!
August 07, 2014

There are terrible words that we should never want to hear from our Lord Jesus. One is “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.” Another is “Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Today’s is “Get behind me, Satan!” (v.23a). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 21) - Know the Lord!
August 07, 2014

God has done an awesome and mysterious thing - He has entered into covenant with us. “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (v.33c). The divine becomes intimately connected with the human. The Spirit inhabits the flesh. The hereafter becomes real in the here and now. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 20) - Listen to Him
August 06, 2014

God said of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt 17:5b). Many in the world do not listen to Jesus, though we who know Christ and are trying to live Christ certainly are decided to listen to and follow him. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 19) - And They Took Offense at Him
August 01, 2014

The life of a prophet is fraught with hardships and trials. This is not just due to their usual ascetic lifestyle, but more because of the antagonism and persecution they suffer at the hands of those they address prophetic messages to. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 44) - United in Mission
July 30, 2014

On July 29 Pope Francis visited the Pentecostal Church of the Reconciliation in Caserta, Italy. Below are some of his remarks. While the pope was looking to ecumenism, in this case taking off from his relationship with a Pentecostal pastor, he touched on principles that are also relevant to the situation within our Catholic Church. And in effect, he also touched on principles we hold dear in LCSC. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 43) - The Gospel and Jesus
July 29, 2014

A true Christian is one who meets (and knows) Christ, lives Christ, and shares Christ. The first step is to meet Jesus, to be introduced to him, to have a personal encounter with him. One way for this to happen is through the scriptures, especially the gospels. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 18) - But They Did Not Listen
July 28, 2014

Every Christian has a prophetic role, as by virtue of Baptism, we all share in Christ’s office as priest, prophet and king. Some have a special prophetic role, such as the prophets of the Old Testament, like Isaiah and Jeremiah. Among their tasks was to bring God’s word to His people, and in the case of their infidelity and veering away, to chastise and rebuke them. Oftentimes their words would be harsh. God through Jeremiah called His people wicked, stubborn, good for nothing (v.10). Check out all that the prophets of the Old Testament said to God’s people. Now of course many did not like what they were told by the prophets. Thus they persecuted the prophets. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 87) - The Old and the New
July 27, 2014

Jesus tells parables about the kingdom of God and when his disciples signified understanding, he told them, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” (v.52). Jesus was talking about his teaching (the new) and that of the law and prophets (the old). Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 17) - Three Generations
July 26, 2014

Today we honor grandparents, as we look to Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus. Mary gave birth to Jesus when she was about 14 years old, and we can presume her parents were still alive then. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 103) - Not Wearying God
July 21, 2014

At times we gripe against God. We ask for relief from pain and suffering and He does not take these away. We ask for things and He does not give them. We are disappointed, we are angry, we back off from our Christian commitments. But do we ever think that God might be the One who has a gripe against us? Indeed. “For the Lord has a case against his people” (v.2b). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 64) - The Righteous Leader
July 20, 2014

God is the ultimate servant leader. Jesus was the Master but he made himself the suffering servant. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock. Today’s reading gives us some traits of God that are helpful to our role as servant leaders. We look to Jesus, and know that “neither is there any god besides you who have the care of all” (v.13a). Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 86) - Seeing and Hearing and Bearing Fruit
July 13, 2014

God speaks through the prophet Isaiah, saying that just as the rain and snow water the earth and make it fertile and fruitful, “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11). This is the basic premise or principle on which the work of LCSC is founded. What is important is that the gospel be proclaimed. Then God can do and accomplish what He wills. That proclamation of the gospel is that important first step, which is often what is missing in Church life and work. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 85) - The Lost Sheep
July 09, 2014

Jesus sends out the Twelve on mission. The first instruction given is this: “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (v.5-6). Of course Jesus would go on to win salvation for all on the cross, and before his ascent into heaven would tell his disciples to go into the whole world to proclaim the gospel to everyone. But right now, they were restricted to the lost sheep of Israel. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 102) - Shrewd As Serpents
July 11, 2014

Can one be a serpent and a dove at the same time? The two could not be more diametrically opposed. The serpent is a representation of Satan, while the dove is a representation of the Holy Spirit. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 16) - Good and Evil
July 02, 2014

“Seek good and not evil” (v.14a). This is a basic prescription, “that you may live” (v.14b). But this right posture is so crucial to our lives that it has to be stated even more strongly. “Hate evil and love good” (v.15a). We are to engage good and evil with our deepest and most passionate emotions. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 15) - Yet You Did Not Return to Me
July 01, 2014

Over and over the Lord says to Israel, “Yet you did not return to me.” The Lord speaks through prophets (v.3:7-8) and through circumstances of life, especially calamities. “Does disaster befall a city unless the Lord has caused it?” (v.3:6b). There was hunger and lack of food (v.4:6), lack of water (v.4:7-8), infestation of crops (v.4:9), pestilence (v.4:10), defeat in battle (v.4:11). 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 . . .


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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

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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


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: 07-31-2014

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 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 …

BOOKS BY
FRANK PADILLA
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