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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

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 180): Spiritual Renewal and Social Justice

January 09, 2020

In the Church today there is the tension between spiritual renewal and social justice. There should be no dichotomy between the two, as both are part and parcel of Christian life and work. But unfortunately there is. Read more . . .

The Way Forward in Christ (Part 179): Our Call and Mission - 5

January 06, 2020

Today’s gospel about the beginning of Jesus’ Galilean ministry is a reflection of what is happening and what is needed in today’s world. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 30): Begotten by God

January 04, 2020W

What is the implication of being built on the Rock that is Christ? It is this: since Christ is holy, then we too must be holy. Read more . . .

Thought For the Day (Part 82): God is Always With Us

January 02, 2020

As we look back on the past year, and as we look forward to this new year, indeed as we look to our life and work through the years, we look at the essential things, the aspects of our Christian life that should keep us going with full confidence in our God. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 29): Blessed By Aaron

January 01, 2020

In this new year, we continue to look to our basic work, that of family renewal and evangelization. We are families on mission and have taken on the name given us by God, that of Missionary Families of Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 28): Not in the Way of the World

December 30, 2019

One who listens to and acts on God’s word is one who builds his house on rock. The floods and winds buffet the house but it will not collapse. Thus, “whoever does the will of God remains forever.” (v.17b) . Read more . . .

A Time of Transition (Part 8): Sections of MFP
December 30, 2019

The community of MFC is divided into Sections, which correspond to the different support environments for each and every member of the family. Thus we have Kids, Youth, Singles, Couples, Handmaids and Servants. All Sections are important, and make up the womb-to-tomb family renewal work of MFC. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 27): In the Way of the Holy Family

December 29, 2019

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, and know that we too are called to be holy families. As Missionary Families of Christ, we must be built on the Rock that is Christ. We are centered on Christ, and we raise our families according to his ways. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 21): Living in the Light

December 28, 2019

We are called to holiness. To be holy is to be set apart. It is to be totally different from the world we live in. We are in the world but are not of the world. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 26): In the Way of Stephen

December 26, 2019

All the more in these dark and deeply troubled times, we as Missionary Families of Christ must be built on the Rock that is Christ. Our name reflects the important work we have been called to do. The aspects of this work are also those aspects that the world today are assaulting intensely. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 120) Happy Feet - 2

December 25, 2019

The work of evangelization is the most important work of a missionary Church. The work of evangelization is the proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace. Those who do this work are greatly extolled. Read more .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 25): In the Way of John

December 24, 2019

We as children of God and disciples of Jesus are destined for greatness, but only if we are built on the Rock that is Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 24): In the Way of Paul

December 22, 2019

Paul’s greeting to the Romans contains so much of what we are called to be and to do, and is a summary of what it means to be built on the Rock that is Christ. Read more . . .

Assault on Faith, Family and Life (Part 142):The Ridiculous, Inane and Simply Stupid - 6

December 21, 2019

Menstrual equity! Men can menstruate, get pregnant and breastfeed. How utterly stupid ... Read more . . .

On Mary (Part 23): Mary and Elizabeth

December 21, 2019

God had done a miraculous wonder in the lives of Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth had conceived in her old age and barrenness. Mary had conceived by the action of the Holy Spirit. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 23): In the Way of Mary

December 20, 2019

You have heard of the saying, “like father, like son.” Indeed, we as children of God are called to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. But we also have our Blessed Mother. Mary is the one human most intimate with God, as she herself bore the Son of God. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 22): Destined Like John

December 19, 2019

When Zechariah entered the sanctuary of the Lord in his priestly service, the angel Gabriel appeared to him. Gabriel told him, “Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.” (v.13b). He was to become John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus. He was destined to “be great in the sight of the Lord” (v.15a), because he had a great task ahead of him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 21): The Name of the King

December 18, 2019

Today’s psalm is about the Israelite king who is the representative of God and through whom blessings come not just to the people but to the whole world. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2019 (Part 36): Through the Generations

December 17, 2019

re Matthew tells us about “the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (v.1). It is a very long line from Abraham to Jesus. This is about salvation history. It is about families through the generations that were called and used by God to accomplish His will. They were families on mission. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 20): A Prophet Like Balaam

December 16, 2019

As baptized Catholics, we share in the priestly, kingly and prophetic ministry of our Lord Jesus. As MFC, we are “of Christ,” and as such, we are disciples who serve him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 19): Greater Than John the Baptist

December 15, 2019

Jesus makes a striking statement: “Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (v.11). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 18): Inspired by Elijah

December 14, 2019

Jesus said of Elijah the prophet: “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things” (Mt 17:11). Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 17): Exhorted by Isaiah

December 13, 2019

God’s chosen people had been in exile in Babylon. God would then use King Cyrus of Persia to overcome Babylon and free Israel from captivity, allowing them to return to their homeland. We too are like exiles living in a world that is under the dominion of the evil one. Read more . . .

A Time of Transition (Part 7): Devotion to Mary
December 12, 2019

Missionary Families of Christ is consecrated to Mama Mary, under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary (a.k.a. Our Lady of Victory). This is especially important since we are an evangelistic and missionary community engaged in intense spiritual warfare. . Read more . . .

Thought for the Day: (Part 81): My Yoke is Easy - 2

December 11, 2019

We are now nearing the end of the year, and you have worked for the cause of Christ throughout this year. It is time to rest, but in doing so, to gather strength for the new year that is to come. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization: (Part 253): Called to Proclaim- 2

December 10, 2019

What is the main thrust of the New Evangelization? It is to bring back the lost sheep of our Church. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization: (Part 252): In the Footsteps of Jesus

December 07, 2019

The New Evangelization is a return to the old, as we have lost the basic principles that allowed the Church to do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 16): Grounded on Mary

December 09, 2019W

If we are to be founded on the Rock that is Christ, we must also be grounded on devotion to Mary, his Mother. Why is Mary so special? Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 15): Instructed by John the Baptist

December 08, 2019W

John preceded Jesus in preaching about the Kingdom. In his preaching we find three fundamental ways by which we can be founded on the Rock that is Christ. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 14): Faith in Jesus

December 06, 2019What does it mean to be founded on the Rock that is Christ?

What does it mean to be founded on the Rock that is Christ? Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 13): Not Built on Sand

December 05, 2019

Today’s gospel is where we have derived our theme for next year 2020. It is about the two foundations, on whether we build on rock or on sand. We of course build on the Rock that is Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians today build on sand. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 57): Being Obediant Soldiers
December 02, 2019

Soldiers are those who obey their commanders. Oftentimes, what is required is blind obedience. Such was the case with the Roman centurion and his soldiers. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 12): Being Like the King

December 01, 2019

To be built on Rock, we must be like Jesus. To be the Church’s living stones, we must be founded on and integrated with the cornerstone. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 119): Commissioned to Preach the Gospel - 20
November 30, 2019

The Father sent His own Son Jesus into the world to win for us our salvation. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price for our sins. By rising from the dead, Jesus defeated sin, Satan and death. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 11): Led Before Kingss
November 27, 2019

Because we are founded on Rock, we can expect both to be persecuted and protected. This is for those who live an active faith in Jesus and especially for those who proclaim the gospel of salvation in him. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 10): The King of Kingss
November 26, 2019

Many kings and kingdoms have arisen throughout human history. Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon were among the more powerful ones. Read more . . .

A Time of Transition (Part 6): Money for Mission
November 25, 2019

Today we have the familiar story of the widow’s mite. Wealthy people were putting their offerings into the treasury, and a poor widow put in two small coins. Jesus commended her as having given more than the others, because they gave from their surplus wealth while she gave from her poverty. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 9): Christ the King
November 24, 2019

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, formerly known as “Christ the King.” It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, which centers on man and leaves God out of the picture. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 56): Judas Maccabeus
November 22, 2019

After the death of Mattathias, his son Judas, called Maccabeus, took up the leadership. Mattathias described Judas Maccabeus as “a mighty warrior from his youth. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 55): Mattathias
November 21, 2019

Jesus lamented for Jerusalem, the holy city, because it did not recognize the time of (its) visitation. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 54): Holy Warrior - 12
November 19, 2019

Absalom turned against his own father David, who was forced to flee for his life. David then composed this psalm. David’s situation then is much like the situation of faithful Christians today. David was God’s holy warrior, and so are we. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 8): Community Prayer 2020
November 14, 2019

Almighty Father, in these dark times when evil is rampant throughout the world, you have called us, chosen us, and appointed us to rise in defense of your work. We are your missionary families, commissioned to defend faith, family and life. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2020 (Part 7): True Discipleship
November 06, 2019

To be founded on the Rock that is Christ is to be an authentic disciple. It is to have the mind and heart of Jesus. It is to look to him as the Master who is to be obeyed in everything. Read more . . .

A Time of Transition (Part 5): Books on Core Values
November 01, 2019

We as Missionary Families of Christ (MFC) are defined by our statements of Vision and Mission, as well as our Core Values. Our Core Values describe who we are and what we are called to do in the world. They provide parameters and constant guideposts in the pursuit of our life and mission. 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, May 2019

The two most important aspects in the life of Christians are family and mission. Family is the foundation, and mission is the manifestation.

From time immemorial, the family has been the subject of attackfrom evil forces. Today, the enemy hasgone sall out, and a tsunami of evil is upon the world. Can the family survive?

The famly must not only survive, but thrive.

The key is a renewed understanding of God's design from the very beginning. And an all-out counter-assault on the dominion of darkness.

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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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
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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: 01-11-2020

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

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

- Archbishop Soc Villegas
25 July 2007

From the

Frank and Gerry Padilla present the books "Servant Leadership" and "Stories from Prison" to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 09, 2010, at the Vatican

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FOR 2020

Almighty Father, in these dark times when evil is rampant throughout the world, you have called us, chosen us, and appointed us to rise in defense of your work. We are your missionary families, commissioned to defend faith, family and life.

Lord Jesus, you are the Rock upon which our families, our community and our Church are founded. With you as cornerstone, help us to be built as living stones into a spiritual house, holy and acceptable. Build this house to withstand the floods and winds of adversity that assault us each day.

Holy Spirit, send us forth as your holy warriors, with clarity of vision and zeal for mission. Empower us in the proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Jesus, and help us in defending our Church against the forces that seek to weaken her.

Mama Mary, teach us the way of kindness and mercy, unite us as your beloved children, and keep us in your loving embrace always.



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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