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Loving Father, through the intercession of San Lorenzo Ruiz, we beg You not to allow us to be deceived by the wrong directives of laws that do not give value to family and to life. May we see the hidden truth behind the seemingly good but deceptive arguments that will bring about widespread destruction of the morality of the Filipino family as well endanger the innocent life of the unborn child.

Touch and guide the hearts of our law makers. Assist them in the path of renewal that they may bring about the dream of society towards honorable and peaceful way of living in accordance with the culture for life and love.

Help us Father, we who are burdened by the struggles of these modern times. Grant us the courage to fight those forces that threaten the peace of the family. Help us to offer our individual crosses for the good of the Church. Through the power of the cross of Jesus, may all our decisions and works be in accordance with Your will so that we may be worthy of your blessings.

We ask this in the name of Your Son together with the prayers of our Mother Mary.


(An English translation from the Pilipino text courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig)




After a month long travel delay due to four devastating typhoons and the worst flooding in 40 years, PFL's International Director, Bob Lalonde arrived in Manila on the first Sunday of Advent and began our prolife work by attending Mass at St Francis of Assisi Parish. Fr Pavone wanted Bob to help the Philippines by taking along the latest pro-life weapons with him including his new prayer book 'Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day' and new video 'The Biology of Prenatal Development'. By using embryoscopy, a rare technique involving a tiny camera the size of a pen tip, scientists were able to get breathtaking, real footage of the unborn, which shows how preborn babies have a heartbeat at three weeks, make spontaneous movements at six weeks, and have 90% of the anatomical structures found in adults at eight weeks. What a powerful demonstration of the life of a preborn child. READ MORE...


God, our loving Father, Creator and lover of all life, You fashioned in your own image and likeness every human person. We thank you for this gift and the freedom to appreciate it

Grant us intense eagerness to recognize your image in every person so that respect for all human life becomes our way of life. Give us also the strength and courage to defend and protect the right of all to live as you ordained, from conception to natural death.

We pray for your divine healing, comfort and peace for all affected by past abortions. Grant them strength and the consolation of your presence. Help us serve actively in alleviating the sufferings and troubles of all women with pregnancy problems. Let your Spirit enlighten the minds and open the hearts of those who do not yet fully respect all human life according to your will.

We pray for all our leaders and legislators who must deliberate assiduously on this critical present issue. May they be guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit to act responsibly for the good and well-being of all. May their competence be always steered by humility and fear of the Lord.

Mary, our loving Mother, to you we entrust the cause of life. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Rosa of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.




Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your Providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.

We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of creation. We have not been good stewards of nature. We have confused Your command to subdue the earth. The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference. Global warming is upon us, typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in increasing number and intensity.

We turn to You, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins. We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made. We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need.


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig

Prayer and Intercession
for Peace in Syria

God of compassion, hear the cries of the people of Syria. Comfort those who suffer violence. Console those who mourn the dead. Give strength to Syria's neighboring countries to welcome the refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken arms and protect those who are comitted to peace.

God of hope, inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies. Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria and give us hope for a future built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.


Courtesy of the Diocese of Pasig


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the Divine Power of God - cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

by Pope Leo XIII


Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


Theme for 2017:
One in Christ”

Romans 12:5

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From the Servant General

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 33): The Anti-Church and the Anti-Gospel
May 21, 2017

These are perilous times for the life of our Church. Not only are we facing a massive assault by the devil resulting in a tsunami of evil upon the whole world, but we have to contend with the enemy within. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 32): Sologamy
May 21, 2017

Will the craziness never stop? Here is something to make you laugh .... or cry. Women are marrying themselves. This is a by-product of modernism, focused on the individual and on political correctness. Anything goes. And it is all about destroying God’s design for marriage. A man-woman exclusive relationship has become just one other option. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 31): The Final Battle
May 21, 2017

We are already in the end times, when the final battle is being fought. But many in our Church are still distracted or not engaged, preferring to emphasize aspects of Christian life and work such as social justice--work with the poor, immigration, climate change, etc. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 30): Conservatives are Losing
May 21, 2017

Conservatives are losing the culture war, on every front. The world is in a sorry state, starting with the greatest nation on earth, the USA under Obama and the Democratic Party of Death, with its strong influence on the nations of the world. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 29): Skirts for Boys
May 18, 2017

Just when you thought we had reached the end of craziness and it could not get worse. But we need to credit the evil one for thinking up more and more idiocy which the liberal culture embraces wholeheartedly. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 28): Fatima and Pro-Life
May 18, 2017

We have said it over and over again. The final battle in this third millennium is the culture of death versus the culture of life. The assaults on faith, family and life by very powerful human forces, backed by the devil, continues and intensifies, founded on sexual licentiousness. The secular world is truly under the dominion of the enemy. There is only one real enemy, and it is the evil one. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 27): United Nations' Attacks on Pro-Life
May 18, 2017

The United Nations (UN), especially through its bureaucrats, has been very much a promoter of the culture of death for a very long time. This is all in the guise of human rights. How ironic. All have rights except the baby in the womb. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 29): Unity in the Spirit
May 19, 2017

The early Church was beset by her own challenges. There were Christian missionaries not mandated by the top leadership that upset Christian communities with their teachings and thus disturbed their peace of mind (v.24). So the apostles and presbyters sent them a letter that said, “It is the decision of the holy Spirit and of us ....” (v.28a Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 26): Academia is Lost
May 18, 2017

This is a long read, but well worth it. Most Christians, committed or otherwise, are totally unaware of what has been happening, in the all-out assault by modernists, liberals, radical feminists and LGBT forces to destroy faith, family and life. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 33): An Advancing Army
May 18, 2017

The psalmist says, “proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds.” (v.2b-3). This is our very mission. It is about rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 25): Embryos into Jewelry
May 17, 2017

Just when you thought that it could not get worse, it does. Well, the devil is very creative, that is, in a destructive way. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 76): The Gospel of the Cross
May 16, 2017

"It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22b). Hardship, suffering and pain are the lot of the authentic missionary. Read more . . .

On Evangelization and Mission (Part 87): The Search for Peace
May 16, 2017

The world is troubled and desperately searches for peace. But to the world, peace is just the absence of war or conflict. This is not the peace of Christ, which is shalom. Read more . . .

On the Triune God (Part 11): Guided by the Trinity
May 15, 2017

We as God’s people must obey His commandments. There are many today who profess to love God but who do not follow in His ways. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 28): Built into a Spiritual Home
May 14, 2017

Jesus, the suffering servant, is the cornerstone of the Church which he himself established. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 32): Rejoicing in Victory
May 13, 2017

Holy warriors are part of the armies of the living God. Their Commander-in-Chief, Jesus, has already won victory on the cross. He is the Holy One, who is the powerful King of kings. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 27): Saints, Servants, Soldiers
May 12, 2017

Unity in Christ comes as we all strive for holiness, to authentic servanthood, and to engaging in spiritual warfare (work of evangelization). Our positive focus is on Christ our Lord, our negative focus is on the devil, the one enemy. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 31): A Holy Warrior After God's Own Heart
May 11, 2017

David was a holy warrior. To be holy is to be set apart. To be a warrior is to engage the enemy. David was set apart by God to lead His people Israel and take the land promised by God. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 221): A Work of the Spirit
May 10, 2017

The work of evangelization is the work of the Holy Spirit, entrusted to us. It is the Holy Spirit who tells us what to do, as He did with the early Church. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 220): Evangelization Then and Now
May 09, 2017

The New Evangelization, focused on nominal and lapsed Catholics, is more challenging that the original evangelization by the early Church. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 219): Baptism in the Spirit - 5
May 08, 2017

“John baptized with water but you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” (v.16b). John’s was a baptism of repentance. Jesus’ is about life-giving repentance and infilling by the Spirit. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 75): A Corrupt Generation
May 07, 2017

"Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." (Acts 2:40b). Today's generation is even more corrupt than in the time of Jesus. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 24): Transgender Madness - 3
May 06, 2017

Such madness and utter stupidity will not stop, since it is a work of the evil one, designed to destroy God’s design. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 74): Hard Sayings of the Gospel
May 06, 2017

When Jesus told his disciples about having to eat his flesh and drink his blood, many of them were shocked and could not accept the teaching. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 218): The Conversion of Saul - 2
May 05, 2017

The story of Saul’s conversion is fascinating. He experienced a 180-degree turnaround in just three days. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 23): Gay Pride
May 04, 2017

We are deep inside the greatest spiritual battle ever, with modernists and liberals and radical feminists and LGBT adherents openly and aggressively assaulting faith, family and life. Satan and his minions have taken much ground, even invading the Church herself, getting support from what are now the enemy within, which includes clerics and bishops. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 217): LCSC Is One Dynamic Response
May 03, 2017

I am glad someone else, in this case Phil Lawler, is saying what he is saying. This is what we have been saying all along about the sad state of our Church. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 26): All for Christ
May 01, 2017

Division rather than unity seems to be the rule in the world and even in the Church. Division is the case between husband and wife, parents and children, parish ministries, religious congregations, Church organizations, ecclesial movements, and individual Catholics in general. This is not as God intends. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 30): The Profile of a Holy Warrior
April 28, 2017

Today’s episode about the confrontation between the apostles and the Sanhedrin is instructive about what makes for a holy warrior. There are three basic elements. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 216): Kerygma
April 27, 2017

Kerygma means the proclamation of the gospel. It is that all-important proclamation that brings people to faith in Jesus, and thus to salvation. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 22): Gender Can Change Daily
April 25, 2017

It gets more and more ridiculous .... and dangerous. Here is the premiere university in the USA saying really stupid things. That gender can change daily. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 215): Boldness for the Gospel
April 24, 2017

The first Christian community, the early Church, was opposed and persecuted by the powers-that-be at that time. Now the Church is facing the same situation, with opposition and persecuting coming from secular governments, from pagans, sects and cults, and from wayward Catholics, including prelates. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 25): Unity in the Church - 2
April 23, 2017

The one body of Christ on earth, which is the Church, was established by God on the day of Pentecost. There were basic elements in their life that bound them in unity. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 132): A Servant Leader Like Jesus
April 13, 2017

Jesus did something remarkable at the last supper: he washed the feet of his apostles. It was so unthinkable that Peter objected vehemently. A Master would never do the work of a slave. But that is what Jesus did. He manifested authentic servant leadership. Read more . . .

Holy Warriors (Part 29): No Fear
April 10, 2017

God’s holy warriors are never to be afraid. This is because God Himself is our guide, our refuge, our strength and our salvation. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 131): Working for Justice
April 10, 2017

The servant of the Lord is one who is filled with God’s Spirit in order to be an instrument of God’s justice. In this he is following in the footsteps of Jesus the Lord. Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 130): Principles of Servant Leadership - 2
April 09, 2017

Today’s reading about the Lord’s servant gives us important principles of servant leadership. Read more . . .

Thought for the Day (Part 73): Being a Covenanted People
April 06, 2017

Jesus is true God, and being God, he always was, is and will be. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 214): The Role of the Laity
April 05, 2017

One of the most important elements in the call to the New Evangelization is lay empowerment. The laity that makes up 99.9+% of our Church must be involved, and not wait on prelates or clerics to issue marching orders. This is as much our Church, and we share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly ministry of our Lord Jesus. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 128): True and False Mercy - 2
April 03, 2017

Liberals in our Church today want to be nice, welcoming, accommodating of those who have fallen into sin and are outside the embrace of the Church. Well and good. But where this approach falls short is when political correctness comes in, that is, sinners are welcomed and embraced but are not told of their sin. Read more . . .

Synodos (Part 127): True and False Mercy
March 29, 2017

What are the elements of false mercy? It is mercy without repentance, it is being welcoming to the point of not speaking about sin, it is being nice but not being truly charitable, it is leaving someone in sin rather than working at transformation in Christ. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 21): Assault on Truth
March 28, 2017

The assaults on faith, family and life are an assault on truth. Truth for liberals today is how you see it or how you want it. You define your own truth. What it turns out to be, as in the case of genders, is of course not truth but absurdity, stupidity, insanity, and just plain ridiculous. Read more . . .

On Pope Francis (Part 81): On Evangelization
March 28, 2017

Pope Francis affirms various important aspects of our work of evangelization. First, we not only proclaim the gospel but we bear witness. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 13): The Call to Holiness - 3
March 24, 2017

We are called to holiness. We are a people set apart. In today’s readings, we see three basic aspects of holiness. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 20): Watering Down the Sixth Commandment
March 23, 2017

Liberals and modernists are into revisionism of traditional Catholic teaching about Biblical texts. Nothing is sacred anymore, as interpretation gives way to cultural situations. Where will this all lead to? Well, if the present society says adultery, homosexuality and sexual deviations are acceptable, then Biblical interpretation will adapt accordingly. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 24): For or Against God
March 23, 2017

Jesus laid forth a basic principle of unity, or rather disunity. “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.” (v.17b). If a Christian community or parish or the Church herself is fragmented, with factions within the one body against another, it will not stand. It will be weakened and even overcome by the enemy. Read more . . .

Our Theme for 2017 (Part 23): Forgiveness
March 21, 2017

Disunity is often caused by hurts that we inflict on others. Then the response may be anger, resentment, bitterness, strife, all of which can lead to division. But there is a way out. It is forgiveness. Read more . . .

The New Evangelization (Part 213): At Jacob's Well
March 19, 2017

Jesus was a great evangelizer, acting as such in whatever situation he found himself in. This time he was passing through Samaria, stopped at Jacob’s Well to rest, and engaged the Samaritan woman in conversation. From this incident we draw seven principles in going about the New Evangelization. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 19): Seizing Your Kids
March 15, 2017

The assaults against the family continue, in ever increasing and more virulent force. And these assaults are now being done by liberal governments, using the state to force its liberal agenda on families and Christians. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 12): The Holy Servant Leader
March 14, 2017

To be holy is to be set apart. It is to be different from the world and its ways. This is the call to Christians, but many of them do not understand this call. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 11): God's Part, Our Part
March 11, 2017

By the very nature of our relationship with God, we are called to holiness. We are children of a holy God, we are members of the holy Church established by Christ, we are destined for heaven, where only the holy can enter. Read more . . .

The Call to Holiness (Part 10): Called to Holiness - 2
March 06, 2017

As God’s people, we are called to holiness. “Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” (Lv 19:2b). To be holy is to be set apart. To become holy we must follow God’s ways and obey His commands. The most basic command of God is to love Him and to love our neighbor. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 18): Gay Kiss in Disney Cartoon
March 05, 2017

Pro-LGBT forces continue to force their sickening diabolical culture on our children. Your innocent kids will grow up thinking gay relationships are not bad, even good and wholesome Read more . . .

On Servant Leadership (Part 129): Here I Am
March 04, 2017

We are all called to servanthood. A servant, especially in the context of Jesus’ time, was a slave who was owned by and totally devoted to serving the master. Read more . . .

The Culture of Life (Part 20): Choose Life
March 02, 2017

The fight of this third millennium is the culture of life versus the culture of death. Many have embraced the culture of death (contraception, divorce, abortion, same-sex unions, euthanasia, population control), including many Catholics, including clerics and religious. Read more . . .

Assaults on Faith, Family and Life (Part 17): New Colonialism
March 01, 2017

Most of the Western nations (thankfully no longer including the USA under Trump) are pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, anti-life, anti-family, pro-population control. 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, 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, 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: 01-01-2017

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

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

- Archbishop Soc Villegas
25 July 2007

From the

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

with the



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

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

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

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

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



Almighty Father, in the richness of your mercy you sent your own Son Jesus into the world to suffer and die for us. As you did not spare your own Son, we confidently look to your granting us everything else besides. May your mercy and grace be always upon us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you told us to be merciful just as our Father is merciful. You showed us the way to mercy when on the cross you forgave those who crucified you. Such divine mercy is very challenging for us. Only in you and through your grace in our lives can we ever hope to be channels of mercy to others. Jesus, we trust in you.

Holy Spirit, help us to understand the mystery of divine mercy. Help us to forgive those who trespass against us. Help us to love our enemies. Help us to love and care for the poor. Enable us to effectively proclaim the gospel of God’s mercy. Show us the way to holiness unto the Lord.

Mama Mary, full of grace and Mother of mercy, guide us in the way we are to go, and keep us in your loving embrace always.



Almighty Father, you are our Creator and God. We acknowledge your dominion over us, that we belong to you, that you hold our very lives in your hands. We come before you in worship and praise.

Lord Jesus, you are our Savior and Master. You call us into your body on earth, making us brethren to one another. Bind us together as one, united in your heart and mind, able to live and serve as your holy instruments.

Holy Spirit, fill us and continue to empower us to witness. Guide us and equip us in the work of evangelization. Give us the boldness to proclaim Christ, wherever we are, until this work reaches the very ends of the earth.

Triune God, you have given us the privilege of being stewards of your grace and mercy. Help us to be faithful, to claim nothing as our own, to give without counting the cost, to endure and joyfully embrace the cross. Favor us, Lord, so that by our common work the needs of all will be met.

Mama Mary, we look to your quiet strength and fullness of grace. Accord us great favor as you intercede for our needs and for our work. May your Son Jesus be glorified in all we do.



Almighty Father, Creator of the universe, how awesome is your name in all the earth. All glory, honor and power belong to you. Thank you for restoring us to yourself, and giving us the privilege of doing your divine work. Stir in us the flame of your love, and bestow on us the grace to fulfill our destiny according to your eternal design.

Lord Jesus, you suffered and died for us, and we belong to you. You have shown us the way to accomplishing the Father’s will, as you endured the shame of the cross. Help us not to be ashamed of our testimony, but to zealously proclaim you to the whole world, so that all might meet and know you, and start to live your way of life.

Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization and you send us forth. Empower us to witness to Jesus, through holiness of life and through the proclamation of the good news of salvation in him. Remove any cowardly spirit that might be in us, especially as we face oppression and persecution. Dwell within us and strengthen us to be able to bear our share of hardship for the gospel.

Triune God, you call us to holiness, to witness, and to mission. You desire for us to be saints, martyrs and warriors. May we truly deserve to be counted among your people, as we march onward to the New Evangelization.

Mama Mary, your life is the best witness to your Son Jesus. You are our model of faith, self-emptying, total trust, ardent hope, humble servanthood, and joy in suffering. Continue to embrace us and cover us with your mantle of protection, as we go forth into battle under your banner.



Almighty Father in heaven, awesome and glorious are you in your majesty. From all eternity you have had the greatest plan for us all, for a future filled with hope. May your name be always exalted through all the earth.

Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, you have loved us with an everlasting love, and have established your friendship with us. We desire to live as you live, following you as your disciple along the path of holiness. Help us to share the good news of your love and your salvation to many others. Increase our faith, so that we might do even greater works.

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of the faithful, so that they may meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ. Help us to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization in this Year of Faith, in response to the call to the New Evangelization. Open our eyes and hearts to experience the faith that truly works wonders.

Triune God, continue to work in our lives so that we remain faithful and steadfast in faith, as we proclaim that faith throughout the world. Then may all peoples and nations bow down before you in worship.

Mama Mary, you are our model of faith. Please always guide us and keep us covered in your mantle of grace and blessing.

May the faith of all God’s people move mountains.


We kneel before you, as you yourself sit at the throne room of God, beside our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, your Son. You more than anyone else embody the pure love for our Lord Jesus that we all desire to have, as you bore him in your womb, gave birth to him, raised him, suffered with him through the cross, and finally witnessed his resurrection. You are the one whose soul perfectly proclaims the greatness of the Lord, whose spirit perfectly rejoices in God our Savior. You are the one we and all ages will call blessed.

You are the highly favored one, and the Lord is truly with you. We thus look to you to be our mediatrix, as we continue on our journey in the world, proclaiming your Son Jesus and bringing his good news of salvation to all. We recognize our weakness and sinfulness, and that apart from the power of God’s Spirit we can do nothing.

Dear Mother Mary, you are our inspiration for the strengthening of families and the promotion of the culture of life. Pray and intercede for us always, that we may remain faithful to our covenant, steadfast in our work, persevering despite trials and crosses, and always mindful of the call to holiness and discipleship. You who are holy and you who are the most faithful disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ, keep us in your loving embrace always.

We consecrate ourselves, our families and our work to you. Bless us, dear Mother, and journey with us, as we continue to journey with your beloved Son Jesus. You are our mother, and we are your children, now and forever. Amen.

Hail Mary …

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