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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 2019:
"Families on Mission"

Joshua 24:15b


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From the Servant General

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 99): Commissioned to Preach the Gospel - 3
April 23, 2019

On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached a sermon and 3,000 people converted to faith in Jesus. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 98): Commissioned to Preach the Gospel - 2
April 22, 2019

Christians are those who ought to be looking forward to “the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord” , that is, the second coming of Jesus. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 97): Commissioned to Preach the Gospel
April 21, 2019

The Lord is risen! Happy Easter to all. Read more . . .

Loving One Another (Part 15): Loving As God Loves - 2
April 15, 2019

At the last supper, Jesus told his disciples about loving one another. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 175): On Political Correctness - 6
April 02, 2019

Jesus healed the sick man who had been ill for 38 years. Later Jesus told him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 174): For Or Against Jesus
March 28, 2019

We are in spiritual war. Satan against Jesus. The strong man against the stronger man. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 173): Silver Linings in Dark Clouds
March 23, 2019

In today’s parable, we encounter the prodigal son. He went from the heights and plunged to the depths. From riches to penury. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 28): Laity Needed to Renew Church in Crisis
March 19, 2019

This is what we have been saying all along. But I will add more reasons why the role of the laity is crucial in the renewal of our Church, especially during these times of great crisis. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 134):The Climate Change Hoax - 7
March 13, 2019

Here we have it from the co-founder of the Greenpeace environmental organization. Global warming, a.k.a. climate change, is a hoax and a scam. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 172): Forgiveness
March 12, 2019

In the gospel today, Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. This is what we know to be the Lord’s Prayer, the only actual prayer Jesus is recorded to have taught. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 171): Reading Books
March 10, 2019

It is unfortunate that many lay Catholics today do not read books that much. But reading good Christian books is one of the best ways to deepen one’s faith. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 133):The Ridiculous, Inane and Simply Stupid - 5
February 24, 2019

A biologically female penis! This is not just gender confusion; this is gender idiocy. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 27): The Divine and Human Family
February 22, 2019

Jesus the Messiah is “the Son of the living God.” . God the Father and God the Son are a family. It is a divine family that is “on mission.” Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 26): In the Way of Jesus and Mary
February 16, 2019

We are called to be families on mission. Our basic mission is to evangelize, to proclaim the gospel of salvation in Jesus, to help bring people to the fullness of faith. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 132):The Ridiculous, Inane and Simply Stupid - 4
February 14, 2019

Transgenderism is cultural insanity. People should not only refuse to play along, but we should laugh this transgender delusion out of existence. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 25): Families in Christ
February 14, 2019

The foundation for mission is having strong families in Christ. How are families to be in Christ?. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 24): Compassion, Discipline and Holiness
February 05, 2019

The family home is a place of love, nurture and formation. Parents are the first formators. The home is a small church. The formation of children in the home is crucial to a fruitful Christian life. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 23): The Work of the Generations to Come
February 05, 2019

We are families on mission, and our mission is to reach all families in the world, to bring them to Christ in accordance with God’s plan . Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 22): The Gerasene Demoniac
February 04, 2019

Jesus healed the Gerasene demoniac, who then pleaded to remain with him, to go with him as his disciple. “But he would not permit him but told him instead, ‘Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.’” Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 21): Families on Mission - 5
January 26, 2019

As baptized Catholics, we are called to be priests, kings and prophets. Such is our destiny. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 20): Consecrated to God
February 02, 2019

Mary and Joseph took Jesus “up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord”. The Mosaic law had prescribed that “every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord” . Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 19): Families on Mission - 4
January 26, 2019

We know that Jesus was very much a family person, being obedient to his parents and staying in the family home for 30 years before his public ministry. When he started on his mission, he became very busy. Indeed, there are so many needs of people and there is so much to be done. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 18): Families on Mission - 3
January 26, 2019

We are families on mission. Just like our Lord Jesus. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 131):The Ridiculous, Inane and Simply Stupid - 3
January 25, 2019

Gender insanity is about perversity and madness. Unfortunately, much of society is accepting it. Now the normal folks are those who are out of the mainstream. Real men and women should vigorously reject gender identity as something simply stupid. And diabolical. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 17): God Before Family
January 20, 2019

When Simon Peter was called by Jesus, he left his family to follow him. When James and John were called, they left their family to follow him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 16): Jesus at the Center of the Mission
January 16, 2019

Jesus is at the center of our faith. He is our God, our Savior, our King, our Lord and our Master. Our task is to proclaim him so that all would come to faith in him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 15): Families on Mission - 2
January 10, 2019

The most basic trait or virtue of a Christian is love. The greatest commandments are love of God and love of neighbor. God is love and God loves us. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 14): Having the Right Priority
January 07, 2019

Today we read about the call of Jesus to his first disciples, which were two sets of brothers. One striking aspect of the response of those called is that of James and John. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 13): The Holy Family
December 30, 2018

The family is God’s design. It is to be a family on mission, one growing in holiness and engaged in the work of the Kingdom. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 130):The Ridiculous, Inane and Simply Stupid - 2
December 24, 2018

Not satisfied with telling you what to do, how to eat, how to dress, how to act and how to talk, the feminists and the socialists now want to tell you how to pee. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 129):The Ridiculous, Inane and Simply Stupid
December 19, 2018

The liberals are just plain crazy. They advocate things that are totally insane. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 128):Death of the Episcopal Church
December 17, 2018

Satan has been very successful in infiltrating Christian churches and radically changing them for the worse. The Protestant denominational churches are no longer Christian. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 248): Not Understanding the New Evangelization December 11, 2018

To address the growing challenges to the faith in this third millennium, the Holy Spirit has called for the New Evangelization. Unfortunately, most Catholics have not heard about it, or do not know about it, or do not understand it. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 127):The Climate Change Hoax- 6
December 09, 2018

As the fires raged in California, the liberal environmental extremists raged as well. They of course blamed climate change (a.k.a. global warming), when it was actually their fault, exhibiting a lack of understanding about healthy fires. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 126):The Climate Change Hoax- 5
December 07, 2018

The truth comes out. The intent of global warming (a.k.a. climate change) advocates is ultimately to promote the globalist agenda of radically cutting down the population of the world. At its core, it is anti-life, anti-family and anti-poor. Read more . . .

On Mary (Part 22): Mary the Holy Warrior
December 08, 2018

Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was conceived without the stain of original sin. Only three other people aside from Mary came into life without sin­Adam, Eve and Jesus. Adam and Eve later sinned, but Mary and Jesus remained without sin throughout their life. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 125):Normalizing Homosexuality
December 06, 2018

The aim of modernists and liberals is to change Catholic doctrine on morality, with particular emphasis on the acceptance of homosexuality. When faith and morals are weakened and corrupted, then the modernists are well on their way to destroying the Christian faith and the Catholic Church. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 124):The Climate Change Hoax- 4
December 06, 2018

“Global warming” (changed to “climate change” because the world was not warming enough) is a hoax perpetrated by global elites desiring to limit the populations of the world, especially the poor. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 123):Transgender As Miss Universe
December 06, 2018

How truly ridiculous it has all become. But the world accepts all these inanities coming from liberals and the LGBT crowd. Now a transgender is in the Miss Universe contest, and he is expected to win! True women of the world, is that acceptable to you? Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 122):Hating Homosexuality
December 01, 2018

As is our constant Church teaching, we are to hate the sin but love the sinner. But because of political correctness (an invention of liberals), many are reluctant to speak against homosexuality, so as not to offend. So many would rather offend God than offend man. And so the LGBT bandwagon continues to rampage on. 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, February 2019

We are called to holiness and discipleship. These do not just happen. They require the grace of God, the power of the Spirit, and our own effort.

God does tell us what we need to do. We for our part obey, and live out God's ways with consistency, persistence and discipline.

We do these not just some time, but all of the time. Always. We are to be 24/7 for Jesus.

Published in the Philippines, November 2018

The world today is wallowing in the darkness of sin.Even for Christians, there is growing apostasy, a turning away from God and the faith. We see tha secularisation of our Church and the embrace of zeitgeist. There is a dire need for

God still does not want anyone to be lost, And so the Holy Spirit has called our Mother Church to the New Evangelization. But many have not heard tdhe call, and many do not know what this call is about. Some who have heard the call do not know hoe to respond. But the very future of our Church lies in heeding this call. The times are critical and urgent.

The new evangelization is about the old and the new. Evangelization is 2000 year old. It is the same basic gospel of proclaiming salvationin Jesus. But the timed we live in are very different today. They are much more challenging. They requiire new approaches, and even overturning the old, tired paradigms. A new vision is needed. And a return to the basic elements of mission that work.

So what indeed is new about the New Evangelization? This book spells it out for you.

Published in the Philippines, August 2018

A tsunami of evil is upon the world.

The ancient serpent rampages on,

threatening many souls.

The spiritual war intensifies.

It is time for holy warriors to arise

and join the Army of Mary.

Published in the Philippines, February 2018


You are created in the image and likeness of God.
You are made a little lower than the angels.
You are a child of God, a brother-servant of Jesus,
and a warrior of the Spirit. God is depending on you for His divine work in the world.

But like most Christians, you may not be fully aware of your true identity and destiny.
You may be living an ordinary and uneventful life.
You may be struggling through life and barely surviving.

All that needs to change. Take this 40-day pilgrimate and discover whoyou really are and what God expects from you, It is exciting.

Remember: you are destined for greatness in Christ.

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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(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: 01-12-2019

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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Almighty Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, may you be glorified as we and our households serve you.

Lord Jesus, you who are not ashamed to call us brothers, help us to do the will of our heavenly Father, so that we would be deserving to be your true family. Keep us secure along the paths of holiness and discipleship, and to be always obedient to you as our Master.

Holy Spirit, you who are the love that binds Father and Son together, empower us to know the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God. Strengthen us as we endure the challenges of the authentic Christian life, and help us to be perfect through suffering.

Triune God, keep us, our households and our community steadfast in our resolve to serve you. Send us forth to be families on mission. Use us in order to witness to your love and to establish your dominion over the whole world.

Mary, comfort us in our afflictions, cover us with your mantle of protection, and keep us in your loving embrace always.



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.


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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