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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 2016:
Rich in Mercy”

Ephesians 2:4

Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5


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From the Servant General

The New Evangelization (Part 206): Rapid, Massive, Worldwide Evangelization
December 06, 2016

One of the distinguishing features of the New Evangelization is that evangelization needs to be truly rapid and massive. This is no longer happening in the life and mission of the Church. But it is crucial today, since there are many lost sheep. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 205): LCSC
December 03, 2016

The elements of the mission work of Jesus are very much the mainstays of the Live Christ, Share Christ movement. As such, LCSC is very well suited to the call to the New Evangelization. What are these elements? Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 84): Faith Comes Through Hearing
November 30, 2016

At the start of Jesus’ public ministry, he formed his core team, knowing that he would entrust the work to them after he leaves. He invited them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 15): The Desires of the Flesh
November 27, 2016

“For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (v.11c). Each new day is a step forward nearer to the fullness of salvation. As such, we need to be prepared. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 14): Unity in the Church
November 27, 2016

In the Philippines, 2017 will be the 5th year in the 9 “novena-years” leading up to 2021, where the nation celebrates 500 years of Christianity. At the start of this novena in 2012, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a pastoral letter entitled “Live Christ, Share Christ.” Today the CBCP issues a pastoral exhortation entitled “Parishes as Wellsprings of Mercy and Renewal” Read more . . .

Financial Stewardship (Part 23): The Widow's Mite - 5
November 21, 2016

Financial giving is not measured by God in absolute amounts but in relation to one’s income or resources, and of course in relation to one’s heart. Read more . . .

Live Pure (Part 20): Purity and Heaven
November 21, 2016

All Christians are called to live pure. This goes beyond chastity, which is preserving oneself from immoral sexual conduct. Purity involves all aspects of the life of a Christian. What are the aspects of living pure? Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 13): Servant Leaders and Holy Warriors
November 20, 2016

The scriptures today speak of two kings--Jesus and David. It is who and what they are that can bring God’s people to unity. They are leaders who are servants; they are warriors who are holy. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 24): Holy Warriors - 10
November 19, 2016

The call to join the ranks of God’s army as a holy warrior is a very high calling. How indeed would we be deserving of such a call to be God’s own people and to do God’s divine work in the world? Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 23): Holy Warriors - 9
November 17, 2016

Luke 19:43-44 describes the fall and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Romans. It broke Jesus’ heart. “As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it.” Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 204): Preparing for the End - 2
November 13, 2016

We are in the end times. This is a prod to the urgency of the work of evangelization and mission. The end will come, possibly with destruction of the world. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 70): Unceasing Prayer
November 12, 2016

Today’s gospel is about perseverance in prayer (v.1-8a). But there is a curious verse at the end, which seems like an out-of-place insert. “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (v.8b). Then Luke goes on to write about prayer again, this time about humility in prayer, in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (v.9-14).. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 203): Preparing for the End
November 11, 2016

One of the main considerations and motivation for the New Evangelization is the reality that we are in the end times. Though we do not know when the end will come, the signs, given by Jesus himself, are clearly there. So we must be vigilant and prepared. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 12): The Temple of God
November 09, 2016

What makes for unity in the body, whether in CFC-FFL or in a parish? It is heartfelt knowledge that “we are God’s co-workers” (v.9a). We are co-workers, we work together, doing the one work (though with many aspects), in the one body. For that to happen there has to be unity. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 22): The Protector of Zion
November 09, 2016

Holy warriors engage in spiritual warfare, doing God’s divine work to achieve God’s divine purposes. Thus God sends them, anoints them, provides for them, equips them, protects them, strengthens them, and gives them the victory. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 125): Unprofitable Servants - 3
November 08, 2016

In today’s gospel, Jesus gives a very good definition of a servant leader. Remember that the term “servant leader” is an oxymoron, as the leader is highly placed and has power, while the servant is lowly placed and has no power. As such, the leader can be prone to sinful pride. What is the antidote? Yes, humility. But that is easily said but not lived out. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 21): The Valiant One
November 08, 2016

Who or what is “the valiant one whose steps are guided by the Lord, who will delight in his way” (v.23)? That is an apt description of a holy warrior! His life is subject to God’s guidance and God’s ways, and he is brave as he plunges into battle. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 124): A Multi-faceted Role
November 07, 2016

Today’s readings contain many different realities about a servant leader who is called to be an elder. He is a man of many roles. No, not a Jack of all trades but master of none. Rather, he has multi-faceted roles all compatibly rolled into one. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 20): The Looming Persecution
November 06, 2016

In the time of the Maccabees, the authorities used savage torture to get Israelites to renounce their faith. “It also happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king to force them to eat port in violation of God’s law.” (2 Mc 7:1). They were tortured horribly and killed, but they never faltered in standing for their faith. Read more . . .

Worldwide Restructure and Consolidation Assignments
November 04, 2016

My dear brethren, as we look forward to the next 35 years, I have made some restructuring of our community governance and we are striving to consolidate our pastoral structure in order to be stronger and more responsive to the opportunities that are ahead of us. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 123): Principles of Servant Leadership
November 05, 2016

The Bible is full of principles of servant leadership. Today we have twelve more of them. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 69): Stages in Our Relationship with Jesus
November 05, 2016

People usually experience three stages in their relationship with Christ -- emotional, intellectual, volitional. These have to do with the heart, the mind, the will. The stages, which overlap, can come quickly in succession,[ or take long periods of time. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 122): Action Principles
November 04, 2016

Today’s readings provide six action principles for effective and authentic servant leadership. Read more . . .l

The New Evangelization (Part 202): The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
November 03, 2016

The New Evangelization is about bringing lapsed and nominal Catholics back to God and back to the Church. It is re-evangelizing people who can only be considered baptized pagans. And there are a lot of them! Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 50): Corporal Works of Mercy
November 02, 2016

At the end of time there will be the judgment of the nations. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats..” (v.31-32). That will be the time of final judgment, when one will find out if he goes to heaven or to hell. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 8): When the Saints Come Marching In
November 01, 2016

As Christians, we are called to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. This will only happen when we finally enter heaven after being purified in Purgatory. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 11): Selflessness and Humility
October 31, 2016

Paul sought unity in the body of Christ in Philippi, invoking and looking to “any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy” (v.1). He told them, “complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.” (v.2). Since they were all Christians, they were to be likeminded, that is, with the mind of Christ. They were to be united, being parts of the one body of Christ. He sought unity of heart and mind, of vision and mission. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 49): An Invitation to Repentance
October 30, 2016

As we near the end of the Year of Mercy (on Nov 20), we are reminded: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.” (Ps 145:8). Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 19): To Live is Christ and To Die is Gain
October 29, 2016

Note: I am re-titling this series (Spiritual Warfare) as “Holy Warriors.” As you have seen in the last 18 articles in this particular series, it really has been about holy warriors. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 10): The Household of God
October 28, 2016

It is amazing when we realize the reality of our being one body in Christ. We are one because we are in Christ. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 18): The Armor of God
October 27, 2016

We are called to be holy warriors, engaged in spiritual warfare, as we do the work of evangelization and mission. We are called “to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Eph 6:19b). It is God who sends us into battle, and it is God who prepares us, provides for us, and empowers us. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 121): Slaves of Christ
October 26, 2016

Here is perhaps the most important thing a servant leader ought to always keep in mind. Servant leaders are “slaves of Christ” (Eph 6:6b). You are no longer your own, looking to your own well-being, following your own agenda (though you claim to be following Christ’s agenda), keeping your own time and pace, holding back due to comfort or convenience. You are a slave, having no rights, doing only what God wants you to do, and not expecting to be thanked or acclaimed. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 160): Marriage and Family
October 25, 2016

A tripod of our three-pronged mission is family renewal (the other two being evangelization and work with the poor). Unlike the other two, not as much is directly said in the Bible about marriage and family life (unless it is about the virtues needed for godly family living). Today we go to the basic relationship between husband and wife as directed by God. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 7): Striving for Holiness
October 24, 2016

We are called to holiness. To be holy is to be set apart. To be set apart is to walk the way of the Lord and not of the world, even though we live in the world. That is difficult. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 120): Servant Leaders for the New Evangelization
October 23, 2016

We are in crucial times, and so the Church is called to the New Evangelization. One important aspect of this call is the emergence of true servant leaders. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 9): Making It to Heaven
October 22, 2016

We are an evangelistic and missionary community, established by God to do the work of evangelization and family renewal. If we do not evangelize the world, our families will always be under threat. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 201): Two Crucial Questions
October 12, 2016

In today’s gospel, Jesus asks us two questions that are very relevant to the New Evangelization. The first question is: “why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (v.56c). The second question is: “Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?” (v.57). Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 6): Purity of Heart and Deed
October 21, 2016

We are called to holiness. This is because we are a creation of God, we are children of God, and we belong to God, who is holy. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 8): One in Christ - 2
October 21, 2016

We as the one body of Christ are called to unity. Just as the Trinity is one God though three Persons, we who are many are “one body” (v.4a) in “one Spirit, .... one Lord, .... one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (v.4b,5a,6). We are all Catholics, with “one faith, one baptism” (v.5b). We as CFC-FFL have one vision and mission, “as you were also called to the one hope of your call” (v.4c). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 7): Jesus: A Cause of Division - 2
October 20, 2016

We as the people of God are called to unity, as we are one body in Christ. There must be unity between husband and wife, among family members, among brethren and leaders in Christian communities, and in the universal Church. Unity enables us to accomplish our divine purposes according to the plan and will of God. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 83): Whom Shall I Fear?
October 19, 2016

CFC-FFL is evangelistic and missionary, and our call is “to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8b). It is to share Christ through rapid, massive and worldwide work. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 48): Mercy and Evangelization - 2
October 18, 2016

“The Lord is just in all his ways, merciful in all his works.” (Ps 145:17). Mercy is not giving the punishment that is due. Justice is giving what is due. How do these two virtues intersect? It is through the work of evangelization. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 47): Rich in Mercy - 2
October 17, 2016

We are almost at the end of the Year of Mercy, and the scriptures today bring us to our theme verse for 2016. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 17): How to Win the War
October 16, 2016

The situation in the world today is dire, and many souls are being lost. Most Catholics are among the lost sheep that are 99 out of the 100. And our churches are losing Catholics by the day. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 200): God's Plan
October 13, 2016

Despite the seeming chaos and spiritual darkness in the world, God does have a plan. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 6): Works of the Flesh
October 12, 2016

We as the people of God live by the Spirit and not by the flesh. Read more . . .

Spiritual Warfare (Part 16): The Victory of God
October 10, 2016

In our work of evangelization and mission, we engage in spiritual warfare. To be able to experience the victory already won by our Lord, we must not only be warriors but holy warriors. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 5): Unity of Vision and Mission
October 03, 2016

It is important for a community to have unity of vision and mission. If members know and live these out, then they will be united in the work, as they have a focal point for helping discern the way forward whenever differences in opinion arise. Our basic task is to proclaim the gospel, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. We are Couples for Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2016 (Part 46): Loving God and Neighbor
October 03, 2016

The Year of Mercy is about to end, but God’s mercy never ends. Indeed, “gracious and merciful is the Lord.” (Ps 111:4b). He is merciful as He does not impose the bad (punishment) that we deserve (for our transgressions), and he is gracious as He bestows the good that we do not deserve. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 119): Taking the Lowest Place - 2
October 02, 2016

There are few authentic servant leaders among those who serve in the Church as leaders. It is easy enough to serve, but very hard to be a servant leader. One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is being a servant. 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, December 2015

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, 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: 10-11-2016

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

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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

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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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