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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


POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

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

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

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

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

Amen.


Theme for 2016:
Rich in Mercy”

Ephesians 2:4

 

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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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No One in Need (Part 21) - True Fasting
February 12 & 13, 2016

All the good that we do, if it does not positively impact the poor (both material and spiritual), would fall short of what God wants of us. What are the good things we do these days? Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 101) - The Suffering Servant - 2
February 11, 2016

The task of a servant leader is difficult and demanding, especially as we look to the ultimate servant leader, our Lord Jesus Christ. We are his instruments, we do his work, we rely on his strength .... and we suffer as he has suffered. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 21) - The Time for Mercy is Now
February 10, 2016

Our world is in darkness and sin. That is the really bad news. The only way out is repentance and turning back to God. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 100) - Fallen but Favored
February 05, 2016

King David was a lecherous adulterer and heartless murderer, but he was a man after God’s own heart. Huh? How can those two facets be reconciled? We learn important lessons about servant leaders. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 76) - Our Work of Evangelization and Mission - 9
February 03, 2016

The mission of the Twelve is our mission as well. We too are sent (an apostle is one who is sent). What does the work of evangelization and mission entail? Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 20) - True Mercy - 4
February 03, 2016

True mercy is an invitation to repentance. False mercy is showing compassion but leaving a person in his sin. How should we understand what really is the mercy of God? Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 99) - Failing and Falling
February 03, 2016

We continue to learn about servant leadership in the Old Testament story of David, that great servant leader (king), with regards to the census and the plague. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 173) - Transformation in Christ
February 01, 2016

Today’s gospel about the healing of the Gerasene demoniac teaches us a lot about the realities with regard to the work of the New Evangelization. One most important truth is that we are into spiritual warfare and demons and their works are realities. These demons are actively at work in the lives of people today. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 149) - The Call to be Prophets
January 31, 2016

All authentic disciples of Jesus are called to participate in the priestly, kingly and prophetic mission of Jesus. As prophets in a general sense, they are witnesses to Christ, by their holy lives and bold proclamation of the gospel. There are also those who are called to a specific prophetic ministry, those who are gifted with the charismatic gift of being a prophet, which gift is second only to being an apostle. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 19) - True Mercy - 3
January 30, 2016

We continue trying to understand the mercy of God, which is so different even from mercy as understood and practiced by some in our Church. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 18) - True Mercy - 2
January 29, 2016

What King David did was evil. He committed adultery and murder (2 Sm 11:4,15-17). He was lustful (2 Sm 11:2), abusive of his authority, deceptive and scheming (2 Sm 11:6-8,13,15), disloyal to his loyal soldiers. Yet when he asked God for mercy and repented of his sins, he was forgiven. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 98) - 40 Days to Servant Leadership
January 27, 2016

We have 7 Core Values, which we are basically trying to live out. Though we still have a long way to go in truly becoming the people God wants us to become (holy and perfect, and living out our calling), we have gone a long way since the restoration of 2007. But there is one Core Value that leaves much to be desired, and that is Servant Leadership. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 172) - Proclaiming the Gospel
January 27, 2016

We as CFC-FFL are called to rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. This is what we have been doing since the decade of the 1990’s. Now we are called to the New Evangelization. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 75) - Our Work of Evangelization and Mission - 8
January 26, 2016

Jesus had appointed the Twelve. Now he “appointed seventy-two others .... to every town and place ....” (Lk 10:1). Their basic mission was the proclamation of the Kingdom. Read more . . .


On Pope Francis (Part 73) - Affirming Our Direction - 3
January 26, 2016

Here is the gist of Pope Francis’ message yesterday at the Angelus at the Vatican. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 171) - Meet, Live, Share Christ - 6
January 25, 2016

By now we are very familiar with our basic mission. “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15). It is a command; it is to be worldwide; it is intended to reach every person. Such proclamation of the gospel is unfortunately the missing first step in the work of evangelization. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 148) - The Authentic Christian Community
January 24, 2016

Today’s readings teach us much on how to be an authentic Christian community that can be used by God for His purposes. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 74) - Our Work of Evangelization and Mission - 7
January 23, 2016

Today’s very short gospel reading teaches us a lot about mission. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 17) - Be Merciful as God is Merciful
January 22, 2016

Saul was hunting down David, who had fled. David had no longer any refuge in Saul’s kingdom, now finding refuge only in a cave. David was Saul’s right hand, but now that he had turned against him, who could David turn to? Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 97) - Facing the Enemy
January 21, 2016

For the past few days, we have been seeing how we are to trust God for our service and as we are engaged in spiritual warfare. This is crucial, as we face a formidable enemy, but in addition, we at times also have the enemy within. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 96) - Equipping Servant Leaders
January 20, 2016

This episode of David and Goliath has much to teach us as servant leaders. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 95) - Choosing Servant Leaders
January 19, 2016

In this episode of the anointing of David, we learn a number of things about God and how He works in our lives, especially in choosing servant leaders. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 94) - Obedience
January 18, 2016

Many Christians have turned away from God. Many others are still there but not really living lives in Christ. Still others try to live Christ and even serve him, but do so on their own terms. They quit or lie low or withhold their resources: Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 123) - Recognition of Same-Sex Unions -13
January 16, 2016

Well, it has finally happened. I salute the African Anglican bishops for standing for Biblical truth, as against the errors of the North American churches, especially the Episcopal Church (Anglicans in the USA). The Anglican Communion however stopped short of expelling the Episcopal Church. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 93) - Trusting Only in God - 2
January 16, 2016

Yesterday we saw how God’s ways and wisdom are so very radically different from ours, oftentimes in direct contradiction to ours. This is why it is so important to trust only in God and never in ourselves--our power, our resources, our experience, our accomplishments, even our (imagined?) righteousness. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 147) - Trusting Only in God - 2
January 16, 2016

Yesterday we saw how God’s ways and wisdom are so very radically different from ours, oftentimes in direct contradiction to ours. This is why it is so important to trust only in God and never in ourselves--our power, our resources, our experience, our accomplishments, even our (imagined?) righteousness. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ (Part 146) - Trusting Only in God
January 15, 2016

How dumb or blinded can the people of God be? The Israelites wanted a king over them just like all the other nations around them (1 Sm 8:5). Read more . . .


No One in Need (Part 20) - Rich and Poor - 2
January 12, 2016

“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he has set the world upon them.” (v.8c). Allow me to freely paraphrase this. “For the pillars of LCSC are the Lord’s, and He has set the Church upon them.” LCSC is intended for massive worldwide evangelization according to the call to the New Evangelization. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 92) - Service to the Gospel
January 11, 2016

Why are we supposed to be servants of Jesus? It is because we belong to him. We were slaves of sin, but because Jesus saved us on the cross, we were freed, but now are to be slaves of righteousness. As such, being a freed person in the Lord, we are now slaves of Christ. Jesus paid for us with his blood shed on the cross. Jesus freed and liberated us. Read more . . .


On Servant Leadership (Part 91) - Justice on Earth
January 10, 2016

Isaiah speaks about the servant of the Lord. Jesus of course is the ultimate servant, but we too are all called to be servants of Jesus and servants to the Church. Now what does God do for an authentic servant that he has chosen? Read more . . .


Synodos (Part 122) - Synod's Final Report
January 07, 2016

Though the intent of the liberal prelates at the Synod was generally thwarted, our Church still remains under threat. There is no definitive affirmation that communion for the divorced and remarried remains prohibited. This is something that can be exploited by those who desire to change the Church’s pastoral practice. Do note that this issue is just a gateway for more radical changes that liberals want, such as acceptance of same-sex unions. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2016 (Part 16) - Mercy and the Mission of Jesus
January 07, 2016

Jesus’ mission was “to bring glad tidings to the poor.” (v.18c). He was to overturn the sorry situation of people in the world, “to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (v.18d). This today is the work of the Church, to have a preferential option for the poor and to build the Church of the Poor. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 73) - Believing in Miracles - 2
January 06, 2016

Jesus performed another miracle. With the disciples in a boat “far out on the sea” (v.47), Jesus “came toward them walking on the sea.” (v.48b). He was walking on water, defying laws of nature and gravity. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 72) - Believing in Miracles
January 05, 2016

The work of God is miraculous. The Incarnation, the virgin birth, healings, resurrection--all these are manifestations of an all-powerful God for whom nothing is impossible. Read more . . .


On Evangelization and Mission (Part 71) - Our Work of Evangelization and Mission - 6
January 04, 2016

We are Christians. We carry the name of Christ, we follow the way of Christ, and we do the work of Christ. What was Jesus’ ministry about? Read more . . .


No One in Need - G10K
January 03, 2016

Oftentimes the poor “have no one to help.” But justice demands that instead, there should be no one in need. Well, there will be no one in need if there will be enough of those who will help. This is a major part of our work, to help build the Church of the Poor. In living and sharing Christ, Catholics must look to the material needs of the poor. Read more . . .


The Way Forward in Christ - Our Call and Mission - 4
January 01, 2016

It was an amazing scene at the first Christmas. The shepherds “went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” (Lk 2:16). As to our call and mission, this points us to two important elements--family renewal and work with the poor. Read more . . .


New Year Message 2016 - Be Merciful a.k.a. Be Perfect
January 01, 2016

It is the Year of Mercy. This will be a special challenge to us in our life and work. Jesus wants us to be as he is. He washes the feet of his disciples; we are to do the same. He forgives us our sins; we are to forgive others as well. He loves unilaterally and unconditionally; so too are we expected to do. He is rich in mercy; that is what is to characterize us as well. 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

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: 01-14-2016

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
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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 2016

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

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

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

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

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.


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

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

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

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

Hail Mary …

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