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

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

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

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


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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig

Prayer and Intercession
for Peace in Syria

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

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

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


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


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

by Pope Leo XIII

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

Schedule of Metro Manila Assemblies for 2014
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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 . . .

From the Servant General

Financial Stewardship (Part 18) - Mammon
April 21, 2014

Here is part of Fr. Cantalamessa’s Good Friday homily. It is a good teaching on mammon. A strong antidote is true financial stewardship. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 34) - Empowered to Witness - 4
April 21, 2014

Peter said in his Pentecost sermon, “God raised him up” (v.24a). Jesus is risen, and this is the good news we proclaim. “God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.” (v.32). The disciples testified to the resurrection because they actually witnessed his being alive. The listeners to Peter “both see and hear.” (v.33b). The disciples actually saw, while we just hear. But having heard, we in faith also see. And both the disciples at that time, and the disciples today, are all called to witness. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 33) - Happy Easter!
April 20, 2014

The Lord is risen!

To Jesus “all the prophets bear witness” (v.43a). Peter said of the apostles, “We are witnesses” (v.39a). Like them all, we too today are called. We are “witnesses chosen by God in advance” (v.41b). Though we are not among those “who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead” (v.41c), our task is the same, “to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.” (v.42b). This is the Great Commission, and Jesus has “commissioned us” (v.42a). Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 98) - How Can I Repay to Lord?
April 17, 2014

Everything we are and do for the Lord is a consequence of what He has already done for us. The problem comes when we are unaware, or unmindful of, or take for granted, or forget, or ignore, or are ungrateful for, the many blessings we have received from Him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 32) - Empowered to Witness - 3
April 13, 2014

“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue” (v.4a). That is, we are empowered to witness! Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 31) - Women Empowered to Witness
April 07, 2014

Today’s scripture about Susanna reminds me of the many women who figured prominently in the history of God’s people. They were empowered to witness. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 30) - Holy Witnesses on Mission - 2
April 04, 2014

We are called to be holy, to be witnesses, and to go on mission. If we respond to this call seriously, we can expect to be oppressed and persecuted. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 97) - The Prayer of Repentance
March 29, 2014

The Pharisee did things rightly. He was not “greedy, dishonest, adulterous” (Lk 18:11). He fasted twice a week and paid tithes on his whole income” (v.12). If only there were more people like him, we could live in a great society. But there were two things he did wrongly. He was “convinced of (his) own righteousness and despised everyone else.” (Lk 18:9). Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 96) - God Is Lord Alone
March 28, 2014

What is the way forward for us? Jesus himself taught us. The way forward is to live the first of all the commandments. “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mk 12:29-30). Then together with love for neighbor (Mk 12:31a), these sum up the whole law and the prophets. These encapsulate the fullness of the Christian life. “There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mk 12:31b). Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 95) - Are We Really For God?
March 27, 2014

We are called to be united in order to do the work of the Kingdom. This is a basic premise. “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.” (Lk 11:17b). If a community or parish or church is not united in heart and mind and vision, then its members will end up fighting among themselves. Then they cannot overcome the enemy, but rather, they will be overcome by the enemy. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 94) - Build on the Cornerstone
March 21, 2014

God raised Israel as His people. God destined them to be great under Him as King. But they ultimately rejected Him, being unfaithful to their covenant. And even as God sent His Son Jesus as the Messiah, the leaders of Israel, “the chief priests and the Pharisees” (v.45) also rejected him. “They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.” (v.39). Read more . . .

No One in Need (Part 14) - Rich and Poor
March 20, 2014

Today’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus is a picture of the situation of social injustice in the world today. A small percentage of persons and nations hold the major part of total wealth, while the majority of people are poor. But it is not the imbalance in power or riches that makes for social injustice, but rather, it is the lack of sharing and the improper exercise of power that favors the rich and marginalizes the poor. Read more . . .

No One in Need (Part 13) - Make Justice Your Aim
March 18, 2014

God calls us to holiness. “Wash yourselves clean!” (v.16a). God calls us to righteousness. “Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil” (v.16b). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 29) - Empowered to Witness - 2
March 16, 2014

We are empowered to witness. For what? To do God’s work in the world, according to His eternal plan. This is “according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began.” (v.9b). Our empowerment to witness is God’s design, from eternity, sustained by His grace through Jesus Christ. Read more . . .

No One in Need (Part 12) - Serving the Poor
March 10, 2014

God commanded His people Israel: “Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” (Lv 19:2). Today God commands and expects the same holiness of His people. We become holy by obeying God’s precepts, by observing His statutes. What are those? Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 36) - The Laity in the Church's Mission
March 08, 2014

Once again, Pope Francis affirms our direction in CFC-FFL, as we respond to the call to the New Evangelization. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 66) - Meet, Live, Share Christ - 4
March 08, 2014

The pattern of restoration, renewal and becoming a true Christian remains the same. One meets Christ, then lives Christ, then shares Christ. This was true as well about Levi. Read more . . .

No One in Need (Part 11) - Justice and Mercy
March 07, 2014

We are God’s servants. When God calls, we should say, “Here I am.” But amazingly, there is an instance when these will be God’s words, in response to our call. “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: ‘Here I am!’” (v.9a). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 28) - True Discipleship
March 06, 2014

In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about the conditions of discipleship. Just because you claim to be a Christian or were baptized as a Catholic does not make you truly a Christian or a disciple of Jesus. Discipleship is about being the kind of person that Jesus intends for us to become. So Jesus “said to all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after me ....’” (v.23a). Jesus does not force anyone, even as he knows that it is best if we do come after him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 27) - Holy Witnesses on Mission
March 05, 2014

Today we are called in a special way to repentance and to return to the Lord. “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (v.5:20b). We turn away from sin and wrongdoing, and turn to faith in Jesus. We turn away from the ways of the world, and turn to the ways of the Lord. The metanoia we are called to is a complete 180 degree turn. The turning away from is clear to us. The turning to is less clear. It actually is a turning to the fullness of life in Christ. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 35) - Understanding Pope Francis, the New Evangelization and LCSC
March 04, 2014

We look at Cardinal Burke’s analysis of Pope Francis’ words and actions, connecting them to his approach to the New Evangelization. In all this, our own approach to the New Evangelization, which is LCSC, is affirmed. Read more . . .ed.

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 26) - Called To Be Holy
March 04, 2014

We have been saved by Jesus. “Concerning this salvation” (v.10a), a fundamental call to us in the Christian life is to be holy. We have been evangelized. There have been many “things that have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the holy Spirit sent from heaven” (v.12b). You have been saved, you have been told of this salvation, now you are to live your life in Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2014 (Part 25) - Giving Up Everything
March 04, 2014

God calls us to give our all, just like Jesus gave his all for us. When we do, we receive more than we give. God is never outdone in generosity. Thus Peter said to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” (v.28). Jesus answered, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age” (v.29-30a). Read more . . .

No One in Need (Part 10) - Entering the Kingdom of God
March 03, 2014

“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” (v.23). Jesus said this right after and in response to the incident of the rich man. Notice that the rich man was a good godly man. He earnestly sought how “to inherit eternal life” (v.17). He observed the commandments from his youth (v.20). But when told to sell all that he had, give to the poor, and then follow Jesus (v.21), “his face fell, and he want away sad, for he had many possessions.” (v.22). Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 93) - Dependence on God
March 02, 2014

People are all so concerned about their lives--what to eat, what to wear, where to live, how to succeed in one’s career. These are among the things people consider important in life. But Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.” (v.25a). Jesus is not saying that these are not important. Unlike birds that do not sow or reap (v.26a), we need to work for a living. Unlike birds that gather nothing into barns (v.26b), we do need to have savings and prudently provide for the future, especially of our children. 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

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, August 2013

The early Church did a massive work of evangelization, accompanied by signs and wonders, and the Church grew. But today many Catholics have been lost to the world and to cults and sects. Today there is much weakness in the Roman Catholic Church, at a time when the enemy is savagely assaulting faith, family and life.

It is thus that the call to the New Evangelization has been sounded. It is a prophetic call, marshaling the people of God to respond with faith in Jesus. It is such faith that will once again work wonders,

These are challenging but exciting times. It is a wonderful time to be a Catholic Christian, called to participate in the greatest spiritual war that rages in the heavens and on earth. To prepare ourselves, we now embark on a 40-day pilgrimage of faith.

Published in the Philippines, August 2013

The Catholic Church has issued the call to the New Evangelization in this Year of Faith. But what is the New Evangelization? What is to be done?

To discover the new, we look to the old. Evangelization by the people of God started on the day of Pentecost. We must recover the basic principles by which God intended evangelization to be done. And we must have the faith that works wonders.

Our proper response to the call to the New Evangelization is to BE.LI.EV.E!

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(Defending the Culture of Life)

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

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

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


November 06-08, 2010

Servant General - CFC-FFL

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

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


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

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


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


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


"Lead us back, O Lord, that we may be restored;
give us anew such days as we had of old."
Lam 5:21
Updated: 04-05-2014

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

Frank and Gerry Padilla present the books "Servant Leadership" and "Stories from Prison" to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 09, 2010, at the Vatican

with the



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hail Mary …

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