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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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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.


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Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5


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Our Theme for 2018 (Part 29): Greater Than John
December 14, 2017

There have been many great personages made known to us in the Bible, and one of them is John the Baptist. Read more . . .


Holy Warriors (Part 49): Violence in the Kingdom
December 14, 2017

Jesus says something enigmatic: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.” Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 232): The Lost Sheep - 7
December 12, 2017 One of the critical aspects of the New Evangelization is that of the laity engaging in the m

A primary impetus for the New Evangelization is the bringing back of the lost sheep, those Catholics who have abandoned the faith or are not living out the fullness of faith. They are prey to the world, the flesh and the devil. Their eternal destiny is threatened. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 28): Looking to the Greatness of God - 2
December 13, 2017

Our greatness stems from the greatness of our God. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 231): Zeal for Mission
December 11, 2017 One of the critical aspects of the New Evangelization is that of the laity engaging in the m

One of the critical aspects of the New Evangelization is that of the laity engaging in the massive work. They are the workers for the harvest. But they are not just those available for some service, but those who know their calling and dignity as priest, prophet and king. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 230): Elements of the New Evangelization - 3"
December 10, 2017

The New Evangelization, in being an antidote to the tsunami of evil in the world, is intended by God: Read more . . .


\The New Evangelization (Part 229): Elements of the New Evangelization - 2"
December 09, 2017

Today’s gospel reading gives us ten basic elements that characterize the New Evangelization. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 27): Destined for Greatness - 3
December 03, 2017

As Paul greeted the Corinthians in his first letter, he already speaks about their being destined for greatness. What are some of the elements that constitute such greatness in Christ? Read more . . .


On Evangelizarion and Mission (Part 89): Commissioned - 2
November 30, 2017

Jesus won salvation for us on the cross. But we need to accept what Jesus did for us in order to experience such salvation. How does this happen? Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 26): Looking to the Greatness of God
November 24, 2017

All Israel assembled at Jerusalem and David set the stage for the construction of the Temple under his son Solomon, who would succeed him as king. Then David made this prayer. Read more . . .


Holy Warriors (Part 48): Resisting Apostasy
November 23, 2017

King Antiochus had instituted pagan worship in the realm, forcing all peoples to abandon their customs. Those who did not follow were persecuted and killed. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 228): A New Paganism
November 20, 2017

In the second century B.C., the Seleucid kings persecuted the Jews. They suppressed Judaism, and did it with utmost brutality. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 25): Using Talents
November 19, 2017

To be destined for greatness is about who we are and what we are to do. It is about what God has done for us and what God expects us to do for Him. Read more . . .


The New Evangelization (Part 227): Urgency of the New Evangelization - 5
November 18, 2017

Jesus asks, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Given present circumstances, the answer is: not much. The Christian faith has been eroding rapidly over the past decades. What is the present situation? Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2017 (Part 39): Privileged to Serve
November 14, 2017

What makes for unity in Christ? Three things: holiness, servanthood and being holy warriors. In the gospel today we look at the attitude of a servant. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 24): Imperishable
November 14, 2017

We are created in the image and likeness of God, and we share in His divine nature. And God intends for us to live with Him eternally in heaven. Such is our destiny. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 23): Moving a Mulberry Tree
November 13, 2017

Jesus makes an amazing statement. “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 60): Christian Parents are Dangerous?
November 11, 2017

Liberals are overturning all good sense and continue to impose their diabolical agenda on society. Imagine claiming good, Christian parents are bad for their children. Liberal governments intend to take over the raising of children and will not tolerate Christian ways of doing so.They will remove the rights of parents. The assault on family continues unabated. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 22): God's Temple
November 09, 2017

Consider these amazing assertions of Paul about the people of God. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 21): Greatness or Baseness
November 05, 2017

The God we serve is the King of kings and Lord of all nations. As we are His people, as we are to enjoy His dominion, as we are to share in His glory, then we are destined for greatness. Read more . . .


Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 59): International Right to Abortion
November 04, 2017

Bureaucrats in the UN have struck again, this time with potentially devastating consequences on the unborn. The UN Human Rights Committee has in effect enshrined abortion as an international human right, something long desired by abortion activists. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 20): From Death to Life
November 02, 2017

Christians are unaware of their destiny. Especially as it pertains to the cross of Christ. We are disciples of a suffering Servant, a sacrificial Lamb, One whose glory was in ignominy. Read more . . .


Our Theme for 2018 (Part 19): Living Pure
November 01, 2017

What is the destiny of a Christian? “We shall be like him” (v.2c). We shall be like God! We are called to be holy as God is holy, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. This is because we are God’s children and we belong to Him. 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.

Frank


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, September 2017

Qoheleth II is back!

Qoheleth II wrote Femailes Are Fabulous way back in 2003. Given the flak that he got from women, he had to go into hiding, in fear of his life. Now he has emerged. Having spent 14 years in solitude in his cave, he is older and wiser.

He now surverys the landscape, and finds the war between men and women still raging and even more fiercly, with the rise of radical feminisim.

Baffled and bewildered, this sequel is his attempt to navigate the strormy seas of sexualtiy, complicaterd by the idiocy of gender politics and the lunacy of bowing to the zeitgeist. Oh, the comforts of the cave!


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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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


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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: 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


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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
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CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2018

Great and Almighty God, you are our Father in heaven, and you destine us to be as you are, as you call us to holiness and perfection. You set us as priests in our homes, and we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to you.

Lord Jesus, we are your body on earth, a people of your own. You give us to each other as brethren and co-workers, caring for and loving each other and building up our community. Help us to grow in authentic servanthood as we renew the family and serve your Church.

Holy Spirit, you send us forth to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus. We are your holy warriors. Continue to equip and strengthen us, empower us to overcome the enemy, and let us bring your righteousness to the ends of the earth.

Triune God, we belong to you. We are nothing apart from you. But in you and with you and through you, we are destined for greatness. Send us forth, not to be high and mighty, but to be low and lowly. May all the glory be yours, now and forever.

Mother Mary, your soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and the Mighty One has done great things for you. As your beloved children, lead us along the right paths, until we attain to the greatness that is our destiny.

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 2017

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.

Amen.


CFC-FFL PRAYER FOR 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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