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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


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.


Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5

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From the Servant General

On Servant Leadership (Part 135): Workers in the Vineyard
August 23, 2017

Today’s parable stresses the reality that those who turn to faith in Jesus, at whatever point in their lives, would merit the same eternal life in heaven. But we can also look to this parable to teach us about servant leadership. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 15): Idols and Holiness
August 21, 2017

Our God is a holy God. He is set apart from all other gods. Thus one great sin is idolatry, when we forsake Him in favor of other gods. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 51): Revolution for Family
August 19, 2017

Make no mistake about it. We are in a vicious war. Modernists and liberals are on all-out assault against faith, family and life, and will go to extreme lengths to accomplish their diabolical purposes. We must resist. We must go on the offensive. Arise, holy warriors! Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 45): Joshua
August 19, 2017

Joshua was the successor of Moses. He was the warrior who led God’s people into the promised land and took the land as God instructed. After all their successful wars, towards the end of his life, Joshua gave the people a final exhortation. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 134): God's Servant Moses
August 16, 2017

Moses was one of the greatest spiritual figures in the history of salvation. He was God’s instrument and was renowned due to “all the great might and the awesome power that Moses displayed in the sight of all Israel.” (v.12). Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 44): Our Warrior Queen
August 15, 2017

Our Church is a missionary Church. When she does her basic work of evangelization and mission, then she engages in spiritual warfare, as she assaults the gates of the enemy. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 43): Stumbling Blocks - 6
August 13, 2017

Today we have one of the more basic stumbling blocks for holy warriors, and that is inadequate prayer. We are supposed to pray every day. Do we do so? Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 42): Stumbling Blocks - 5
August 12, 2017

For holy warriors, we present more stumbling blocks and ways of overcoming them, according to God’s word. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 41): Stumbling Blocks - 4
August 11, 2017

The Lord through His word in the Bible continues to teach us how to be holy warriors, avoiding stumbling blocks and acting rightly. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 50): Homosexuality as God's Gift?
August 10, 2017

Homosexuality is an intrinsic disorder, is contrary to nature, and so can never be from God, much less a gift from God. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 40): Stumbling Blocks - 3
August 10, 2017

The Bible is full of instructions for holy warriors ­ from the Pentateuch, to the Psalms, to the gospels. So once again, we look at how holy warriors are to handle stumbling blocks they would constantly be faced with. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 39): Stumbling Blocks - 2
August 09, 2017

Yesterday (Holy Warriors - Part 38), we saw the need for purity of heart, faith in trust in Jesus, humility, desiring the good of others. Today we see all these virtues, not in the leaders at the time (Pharisees and scribes), not among the chosen people of God (Israelites), but in the lowly Canaanite woman. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 38): Stumbling Blocks
August 08, 2017

Today, from the readings, we look at three great stumbling blocks to being used more effectively by God. Holy warriors are to strive with all their God-given strength, by the grace of Christ and the power of the Spirit, to overcome these. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 37): God's Bountiful Provision
August 07, 2017

Holy warriors are gung ho to engage in the war, but oftentimes might lack men and materiel. We say, “Give us 300 Gideonites and we will get the job done” or “Give us the manpower and means by which to wage the battles and we will secure the victory.” Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 14): Holiness and the Jubilee Year
August 05, 2017

The Jubilee Year was a very important year for the Israelites, because God deemed it so, and gave them instructions on how to celebrate it. It was part of the call to holiness for God’s people. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 49): Population Control
August 04, 2017

Population control advocates have always been for abortion and are anti-family and anti-life. But why is the Vatican giving them once again a prominent Church forum? Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 48): Charity and Social Justice
August 03, 2017

We hear so much about social justice in our Church today, especially in the western world. And we are perplexed when we see social justice trumping defense of the culture of life. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 36): Levitical Priesthood
July 31, 2017

The chosen people of God, the Israelites, were disobedient, rebellious and idolatrous. With Moses speaking to God at Mount Sinai, the Israelites had fashioned a golden calf and were worshiping it. Many of God’s people today, the Christians, are like them. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 35): The Lord is a Warrior
July 20, 2017

Jesus went to the cross for our salvation, and in his resurrection crushed the head of the enemy, the serpent. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 47): Killing Charlie Gart - 2
July 20, 2017

Incredible. Unbelievable. Diabolical Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 83): Affirming Our Direction - 5
July 18, 2017

Pope Francis reminds us all to reach out to lapsed Christians. Yes, Your Holiness, that is what we have been doing. We are an evangelistic and missionary community. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership(Part 133): Authentic Servant Leadership - 2
July 14, 2017

Today there is a dearth of authentic servant leadership, even within the Church. Many leaders have taken on the mind of the world. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 82): On Live Pure - 2
July 11, 2017

Pope Francis called on young people in the Philippines to be guardians of goodness and beauty. How can they become that, especially in a culture of sexual licentiousness and destructive liberalism? Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 224): Live and Share Christ in the New Evangelization
July 11, 2017

The gospel today teaches us about Jesus’ work and what would now be the proper response to the call to the New Evangelization. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 46): Gay Mafia at the Vatican
July 08, 2017

The homosexualists in our Church are getting bolder. Now Fr James Martin urges them to “come out.” He must feel confident enough of the power and influence of the entrenched gay mafia. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 223): Sick or Dead?
July 07, 2017

Political correctness in our Church has led to false mercy. Political correctness and false mercy are about just accepting, embracing, welcoming, accompanying the sinner, but without speaking about his sin. This will not lead them to renounce sin, but to become comfortable in it. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 45): Gay Orgy in Vatican
July 07, 2017

There was always strong talk of a gay mafia at the Vatican. This sordid and sorry event adds more credibility to that. The onslaught of homosexualists, LGBT, liberals and modernists is not just coming from outside, but unfortunately from within the Church herself. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 44): Killing Charlie Gard
July 06, 2017

I can understand that London’s Greater Ormond Street Hospital would stop the continued treatment of Charlie Gard, though I disagree with it. But I cannot understand why its officials will not allow the move of Charlie Gard to another hospital, whether in Rome or in the USA. Is it not the parents’ right to deal with their son as they see fit? Is there no freedom of movement from one country to another? Have we lost all sense of mercy? Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 43): Men Will Bear Children
July 05, 2017

Ha, ha, ha. This is so funny and ridiculous. Hu, hu, hu. This is so tragic. A total assault on God’s design. A frontal attack on nature. A throwing off of sanity and embrace of idiocy. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 42): Drag Queens After Our Children
July 05, 2017

The liberals and homosexualists are after our children, and much of society is letting them do so! Very diabolical. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 34): Unity in the Church - 3
July 03, 2017

The unity that we ought to have as Christians is profound. It is not just being parts of one Church, but what is the essence of that Church. We are members of the holy Roman Catholic Church, the Church Jesus himself founded on Peter. That makes us a number of things. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 41): Canonizing a Dissident
July 02, 2017

This dissident nun should have been excommunicated long ago. She has been allowed to spread her errors, assisted by liberal priests and prelates. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 40): Acceptance of Gay Marriage
July 01, 2017

No, Fr Paul, the Holy Spirit would never change our Church teaching on marriage and sexuality in order to accept gay marriage. Perhaps liberal priests like you and even bishops would try hard to change it, but that would not be from God, but would be from the evil one. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 39): Progressives are Destroying Society
June 30, 2017

The evil one had a winner when it came up with progressivism. The evil one intends to destroy faith, family and life, and progressivism is its tool. From progressivism comes all sorts of poison--transgenderism, radical feminism, and the whole culture of death. Read more . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God bless.


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, April 2017

The Catholic Church is One, Holy and Apostolic. Unfortunately there are too many divisions within the body, many of her members are far from holy, the most are not going forth to do the work of Evangelization and Mission.

But Mission is crucial, given that darkness in the world today, which is being overwhelmed by a tsunami of evil, with the Church herself buffeted from all sides, and even within. God intends his Church to be his light in the world and the salt of the earth. For that to happen, her members must be united, and grow in holiness and apostolic zeal.

This is the great challenge, to be one in Christ and one in mission.

Published in the Philippines, September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Published in the Philippines, December 2015

(Second Edition)

The Roman Catholic Church has sounded the call to the New Evangelization. This is a very important prophetic call for the work of the third millennium. At stake is the very future of societies and even the Church.

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

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

Published in the Philippines, October 2015

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

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

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

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

Published in the Philippines, October 2009
Revisited, October 2015

The term "servant leader" is seemingly an oxymoron. To the human understanding, the words "servant and "leader" are diametrically opposed. But with God that is not the case. In the kingdom of God, the leader is the one who serves.

It is important for those who are called to servant leadership to understand what this call is all about. This is because God is entrusting them with a great treasure. How they handle this treasure will determine how the plan of God for the world will unfold.

Published in the Philippines, June 2014

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

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

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

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

Published in the Philippines, June 2014

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

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

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

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(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: 06-01-2017

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

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

- Archbishop Soc Villegas
25 July 2007

From the

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



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

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

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

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

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



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.



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.



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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