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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 Evangelization and Mission (Part 58) - Consecrated in the Truth
May 20, 2015

Jesus has ascended into heaven, having accomplished his mission on earth. He knows full well that he is now leaving us in the world. Jesus prays to the Father: “And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.” (v.11a). Knowing that the flock will be assaulted by wolves from without and from within, Jesus prays that we might remain united in his name. “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are.” (v.11b). Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 77) - Tending the Flock - 3
May 20, 2015

The task of a servant leader is very important for the life of the Christian community. As such, it is a task not to be taken lightly. It is a charge and a responsibility given by God Himself, to accomplish God’s purposes. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 53) - Receiving the Holy Spirit
May 18, 2015

There are those who believe in God but who do not know the Holy Spirit. Paul found some disciples in Ephesus and asked them, “‘Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They answered him, ‘We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit.” (v.2). Sadly, many Catholics today also do not know the Holy Spirit (though they might have heard of Him). Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 57) - Commissioned and Empowered
May 17, 2015

God commissions us. “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15). God empowers us. “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 65) - Communion for Divorced and Remarried - 9
May 13, 2015

The evil one has one basic agenda, and that is to destroy or at least severely weaken faith, family and life. The plunge into the culture of death is a slippery slope that starts with contraception and then embraces everything else, including divorce, abortion and same-sex marriage. Here is the danger to what the liberal prelates are proposing, seemingly in response to mercy and compassion for those Catholics in irregular unions. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 132) - Peter's Other Sermon - 3
May 10, 2015

Peter preached to the pilgrims at Pentecost, to the Sanhedrin, to the Israelites, and now to Cornelius and his household. His preaching is the kerygma, the initial proclamation of the gospel. The basic elements remain the same, and these are the elements of our 5-session Life in Christ Seminar (LCS) in LCSC. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 76) - Slaves and Friends
May 08, 2015

Jesus is our Master and we are all his servants or slaves. But Jesus says, “I no longer call you slaves .... I have called you friends” (v.15a,c). There is a profound difference between being a servant/slave and being a friend who is a servant. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 64) - Communion for Divorced and Remarried - 8
May 07, 2015

First it was the Church in Germany. Now it is the Church in Switzerland. Liberalism is ruling the day. “Clergy, catechists and active parishioners” support communion for those in irregular unions and support for those in same-sex unions. No wonder the Church in Switzerland, as in all of Europe, is weak and crumbling. They want to further erode whatever still remains. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 56) - Our Work of Evangelization and MIssion - 2
May 07, 2015

We have often described the evangelization we are called to as rapid, massive and worldwide. Is that just something we thought up or is the call only to our community? No, it is a call to the whole Church. The Church is missionary; she exists to do mission. The empowerment by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses is for the sake of the work to the ends of the earth. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 120) - Our Relationship with God
May 05, 2015

What is our proper relationship with God -- we to Him and He to us? Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 131) - Hardships in the Work
May 05, 2015

Yesterday the crowds looked to Paul and Barnabas as gods and wanted to worship them. Today, those same crowds “stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.” (v.19). In mission work, there will be extremes of ups and downs. Do not be puffed up by the ups, and do not be discouraged by the downs. Take everything in stride. Be humbled by the ups, and become more determined with the downs. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 61) - Role and Service of the Laity in the Church
May 03, 2015

Pope Francis, in addressing the CVX and the SML, stressed the proper role and service of the laity within the Church. He emphasized various elements, which are exactly the elements of our life and work. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 55) - Our Work of Evangelization and MIssion
May 02, 2015

Today’s short passage in Acts give us quite a few important points about our work of evangelization and mission. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 119) - Living God's Way - 2
May 01, 2015

From the Old Testament we move to the New Testament, and again we are given God’s design for the authentic Christian life in our most important relationships. Paul tells the Colossians about the centrality of Christ, about our relationships within our family, and about our relationships with others,. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 118) - Living God's Way
May 01, 2015

From the very beginning, when God created everything, He put everything in proper order. But today much of the world is no longer living God’s way. Do we then wonder why there is so much crime, corruption, conflict? Why there is no peace, unity and hope? Man has rebelled against God and His design, and has reaped the consequences of his sin. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 75) - Being a Servant Leader - 4
April 30, 2015

We are servants of our Master, Jesus. Jesus himself is the suffering servant, who came not to be served but to serve. As servants we must do as he does. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 130) - Paul's Sermon
April 29, 2015

The kerygma, which is the apostolic proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus, is done by us in LCSC through the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 129) - Prayer for the New Evangelization
April 29, 2015

Today’s psalm, a prayer of petition for a bountiful harvest, could as well be our prayer for the work of the New Evangelization. Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 52) - The Power of Prayer
April 29, 2015

Indonesia proceeded with the execution of 8 convicts on death row, mainly for drug dealing, but held off the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina. The Indonesian government had already rejected appeals coming from VP Binay, President Noynoy Aquino and Pacman. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 63) - Change in Church Teaching?
April 28, 2015

German laity want changes in Church teaching. The voice of the people is the voice of God, right? Wrong. The Jews also cried out for the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 62) - St. John Paul's Teaching on the Family
April 28, 2015

We have been focusing on how the liberals are assaulting Church teaching on human sexuality. But it is not just opposing such assaults, but understanding God’s plan for family and life. And indeed, if we did not clearly know what authentic Church teaching is, then how can we wisely resist the assaults on our faith? Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 74) - The Good Shepherd - 3
April 28, 2015

Jesus came to save all, but not all will be saved, if they refuse to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord and become one of his sheep in his sheepfold (that is, in the Church). Those who believe (still remember BE.LI.EV.E!?) will be saved. Those who do not believe will not be saved. “But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.” Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 73) - The Good Shepherd - 2
April 27, 2015

Now Jesus gives another description of the Good Shepherd. “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.” (v.7). Again, as Jesus our Master is, so should we his servants strive to be. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 72) - The Good Shepherd
April 26, 2015

Jesus is the Master whom we as servant leaders serve. We are to follow in his footsteps and do the work that he instructs us to do. As such, he is the ultimate model for servant leadership. How does Jesus describe himself? “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 54) - No Other Name
April 26, 2015

Today we hear from Peter the very reason why we evangelize. “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 128) - The Baptism of the Gentiles Explained
April 27, 2015

Sometimes, even as we are anointed by God for His work, even as we are trying to zealously pursue our mission, we can remain blind to the radical directions of God, and remain steadfast (stubborn) in our own ideas and agenda. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 61) - Recognition of Same-Sex Unions - 6
April 23, 2015

The liberals at the Synod of Bishops last October 2014, in their desire to accommodate same-sex couples, asked if there was good that could be seen in a same-sex relationship, such as fidelity to each other (what?! Fidelity in serious wrongdoing?!). Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 127) - Philip's Sermon
April 23, 2015

The other apostles and not just Peter preached the gospel. “Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them.” (v.5). In today’s reading we have the encounter of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Philip “proclaimed Jesus to him.” (v.35b). This is the kerygma, the first proclamation of the gospel. And this is centered on proclaiming Christ as the Messiah, Savior and Lord. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 126) - Peter's Other Sermon - 2
April 18, 2015

Peter continues with the same basic message, the kerygma. Again his speech to the Israelites, after he had cured the crippled beggar, is the model for our 5-session LCS . Read more . . .


Thought for the Day (Part 51) - Laying Hands
April 18, 2015

Laying hands can mean exact opposites. The Sadducees “laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail” (Acts 5:18). The Church chose deacons and the apostles “prayed and laid hands on them.” (Acts 6:6). Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 53) - Fulfiling Our Mandate
April 17, 2015

The Catholic Church is a missionary Church. CFC-FFL is evangelistic and missionary. Every Catholic ought to share Christ. Christians exist to evangelize. Unfortunately, the Great Commission is unknown by many Catholics. Many Church groups are not evangelistic. Parishes look to maintenance rather than searching actively for the lost sheep. We need to recover the spirit of Pentecost. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 125) - Peter's Other Sermon
April 16, 2015

Last April 6-7, we saw how our 5-session LCS is in accordance with Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. Last April 9, we saw that our 5-session LCS is in accordance with Jesus’ Great Commission. Today, Peter speaks to the Sanhedrin. It is still the same basic gospel message, the very core of the good news. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 60) - Being Nice - 4
April 15, 2015

Once again, a leading prelate (newly appointed to two Vatican dicasteries) and a media cleric (spokesman for the Holy See) advocate for speaking nicely so as not to turn off those in irregular situations (oops, is “irregular” offensive?). Here is what they argue for. I give my two denarii worth of comment. Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 59) - Communion for Divorced and Remarried - 7
April 15, 2015

Now here is a very strong statement from Cardinal Brandmuller about those who advocate changing Catholic teaching to accommodate those in irregular unions: They are heretics! Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 58) - Church Collapse
April 15, 2015

What a truly tragic situation for the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. Can this happen elsewhere? It is already happening!! Worldwide! It is not just due to a lack of evangelization, but also to the embrace of the Sexual Revolution and the culture of death. Such modernism starts with acceptance of contraception, and then one slides all the way down the slippery slope. Read more . . .


Honoring Toto De La Cruz
December 20, 2011

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

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


Signs of the Times
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Not Being a True Catholic
September 12, 2011

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


Sex Education in Schools Useless and Harmful
September 02, 2011

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank Padilla's Latest Books

Published in the Philippines, June 2014

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

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

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

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


Published in the Philippines, June 2014

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

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

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


Now available at the CFC-FFL Shoppe

A CALL TO ARMS
(Defending the Culture of Life)

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

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


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn-ka2xsHkc


January 2011 CBCP Plenary Statement
on Choosing Life and Rejecting the RH Bill

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HUMAN LIFE INTERNATIONAL
17th ASIA-PACIFIC CONGRESS
November 06-08, 2010

OPENING REMARKS
by
FRANK PADILLA
Servant General - CFC-FFL

Faith, family, life. These are the crucial issues in the life and mission of the Church in this third millennium. At every turn we see the threats to and the attacks on faith, family and life. Read more . . .


His Eminence,
Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales,
Archbishop of Manila,
appoints
Rev. Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB
Spiritual Director
of
Couples for Christ
Foundation for Family and Life

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The Servant General in an audience with Pope Francis at the
meeting of the Pontifical Council for the Family
The Vatican - October 25, 2013

The Servant General meets with Pope Benedict XVI at the
19th Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family
The Vatican - February 09, 2010

ANOTHER ECCLESIASTICAL RECOGNITION

"The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through its Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA), has given formal and official recognition to Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) as a national private association of the lay faithful, effective October 15, 2009.

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"His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has re-appointed our Servant General Frank Padilla and his wife Gerry as members of the Pontifical Council for the Family, effective September 10, 2009, for another term of five years."

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THE GOSPEL FOR TODAY
 
"Lead us back, O Lord, that we may be restored;
give us anew such days as we had of old."
Lam 5:21
Updated: 02-03-2015

The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity, choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity.

Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for THERE IS NEVER A WRONG TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

- Archbishop Soc Villegas
25 July 2007


From the
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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