Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The CFC Logo

The CFC logo has three (3) elements: the concentric circles, the cross, and the dove. The CFC logo stands for who we are and what we are for.



These stand for 2 wedding rings, one on top of the other. They depict Christian marriage, where two have become one. They stand for the unity between husband and wife, a unity manifesting itself in mutual love and service. The ring also point to our family life ministry. The family is to be the focus as well as the foundation of our work.



This stands for the cross of Christ. The central position of the cross states that Christ is at the center of our lives and of our work. The cross is also an empty cross. It shows that Christ is risen. By his death and resurrection, Christ conquered sin and death, and won for us our salvation. Finally, the cross stands for the radical Christian life we are called to. It is a life where we are to take up the cross of Christ (Mt. 16:24).



The dove represents the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who is our guide, our counsellor, our advocate. He is the Spirit of truth. He is the source of power and strength for the Christian life.
The dove also indicates the charismatic dimension of our spirituality. We are to pursue our work of renewal with the full use of all charismatic gifts at our disposal (1 Cor. 12:4-11).


cfc logo

The circles also stand for the globe or the world. Christ is at the center. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Our work is to participate in the fulfillment of God's plan: to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship (Eph. 1:10).

Also depicted is the establishment of CFC worldwide family, the one global community under the lordship of Christ. The circles also suggest the ever widening network of renewed families in Christ. The light and life of Christ radiates outwards and touches the lives of more and more people. CFC is an evangelistic movement, intending to bring Christ to all people and to all places.

CFC is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The CFC Arch

The VISION STATEMENT is placed prominently on top of the arch to emphasize its being the priority calling of CFC. Etched in stone and cradled by the letter “V”, it signifies the“PERMANENCE AND FINALITY” of the message for all CFC members.

The rest of the “VISION STATEMENT” is broken into 7 parts representing the membership in the 7-man International Council – the top group of people symbolizing the top leadership.

Below the “VISION STATEMENT” is the icon of CFC: “the OVERLAPPING RINGS, the DOVE and the CRUCIFIX.” It rests on top of the arch opening, symbolizing the entrance to a heavenly home – God’s kingdom – through the “EYE of the NEEDLE.”

The two columns on both sides of the ARCH carry the full weight of the “VISION.”

The left column holds aloft the symbol of the Bread of Life, the body of Christ, and the fish which reminds every CFC member of the multiplication of the loaves and fish – a miracle Jesus performed. The right column is symolic of the Fruit of the Vine and the Blood of Christ, which was shed for all who believe. The “COLUMNS” represent the“MISSION STATEMENT”: Building the Church of the Home and Building the Church of the Poor.

These two columns reflect both our EVANGELISTIC role in the life of the Church and our FAITH IN ACTION as we serve God through the least, the lost and the last among our brethren.

Under the Church of the Home Column are the various CFC Ministries: Family & Social Under the Church of the Poor Column are our movements: Gawad Kalinga and Isang Milyong Bayani (1 Million Heroes). The base of the Tower / Arch is rooted on the solid foundation and cornerstone value of CFC: Pro-God, Pro-Family, Pro-Poor and Pro-Life.

This is the CFC Victory Tower, a solid structure where the CFC man-on-guard keeps an eye on the ground yet having a wide range of vision that reaches far and wide.

This tower upholds our commitment to putting action to our faith, being victorious despite criticism, and empowering us to hold dear the mission of being one and united as brothers and sisters in the work of Jesus Christ who modeled a life with a bias for the poor.

This is the CFC Mission Arch as we build our own home in the near future. This edifice is the entrance gate to CFC – the community focused on following Christ. CFC imitates Christ in fulfilling His Mission: “Bring Glad Tidings to the Poor.”

CFC Vision and Mission




Moved by the Holy Spirit, one with the Catholic Church, blessed to witness to Christ’s love and service, Couples for Christ is a united global community of family evangelizers that sets the world on fire with the fullness of God’s transforming love.




We are Couples for Christ. We are committed to live in God’s righteousness and holiness, evangelizing people through a life of love and service; we shall work for the renewal of families that will serve God and build generations of Christian leaders; and, we shall pursue Total Christian Liberation through social justice, respect for life, and work with the poor.



To strategically locate in the world to evangelize peoples and inculcate a way of life based on Gospel values.


To strengthen and defend the family as a basic unit of society and of the Church in accordance with God’s plan.

  1. TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIBERATION (Justice, Life, and Poor)

To help the least of our brethren based on Matthew 25:40, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”


To provide effective and efficient support services to fulfill the vision and mission of CFC.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CFC Theme 2010

"Fullness of Life in Christ"
Colossians 2:6-7
Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ
6Since you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord,
live in union with Him,
keep your roots deep in Him and build your lives on Him,
and become stronger in your faith,
as you were taught. and be filled with thanksgiving.
(Good News Bible version).


Sunday, January 24, 2010


A Daily Prayer and Scripture Guide 2010






Deeply Rooted in Christ


St. Arnold Janssen is the father, leader and founder of the Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.) Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (SSps), and Holy Spirit Perpetual Adoration Sisters (SSpSAP).

Born in Goch, Germany in 1837, St. Arnold was ordained a priest in 1861, became chaplain and director of the Ursuline convent in Kempen in 1873, and led the diocesan Apostleship of Prayer as Director in 1874.

Following St. Paul's exhortation to the Philippians, "Have this in mind, which was in Christ Jesus", St. Arnold built up the spiritual ideal that the best form of devotion to the Heart of Jesus is to make our wishes conform to those of His heart. Like Jesus, we should live our lives not for our own honor and glory, but according to God's will and for His glory.

St. Arnold considered this mandate for himself and his missionary society, teaching his followers that sanctification is God's work, but it requires human cooperation. He once remarked: "An essential feature of surrender to God is to desire to have His will concerning us fulfilled in every regard... then God will enlighten us to sanctify and enable us to do all things in Him Who strengthens us".

For St. Arnold, the will of God and religious obedience were one. He once wrote: "Look upon the will of your superiors as the holy will of God and try to comply in all simplicity and sincerity." He would have been deeply grateful to read the new document on authority and obedience from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life (May 2008): "to seek the will of God means to seek a friendly and benovelent will that desires our fulfillment... Obedience is not humiliation, but the truth on which the fullness of human persons is built and realized. Hence, the believer so ardently desires to fulfill the will of the Father as to make of it his or her supreme aspiration."

In His farewell conference in June 1908, the Founder concluded his recommendations for the future of the Mission House with these words: "May God's will be done; this most holy will must always be adored!"

St. Arnold died in 1909.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

For the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

from phatcatholic apologetics

Since today we celebrate the moment when Jesus Christ consented to be baptized, I thought I would share the words of Pope Benedict XVI in his book Jesus of Nazareth, where he explains why Jesus gave that consent:
  • The act of descending into the waters of this Baptism implies a confession of guilt and a plea for forgiveness in order to make a new beginning. In a world marked by sin, then, this Yes to the entire will of God also expresses solidarity with men, who have incurred guilt but yearn for righteousness. The significance of this event could not fully emerge until it was seen in light of the Cross and Resurrection. Descending into the water, the candidates for Baptism confess their sin and seek to be rid of their burden of guilt. What did Jesus do in the same situation? Luke, who throughout his Gospel is keenly attentive to Jesus' prayer, and portrays him again and again at prayer -- in conversation with the Father -- tells us that Jesus was praying while he received Baptism (cf. Lk 3:21). Looking at the events in light of the Cross and Resurrection, the Christian people realized what happened: Jesus loaded the burden of all mankind's guilt upon his shoulders; he bore it down into the depths of the Jordan. He inaugurated his public activity by stepping into the place of sinners. His inaugural gesture is an anticipation of the Cross. He is, as it were, the true Johan who said to the crew of the ship, "Take me and throw me into the sea" (Jon 1:12). The whole significance of Jesus' Baptism, the fact that he bears, "all righteousness," first comes to light on the Cross: The Baptism is an acceptance of death for the sins of humanity, and the voice that calls out "This is my beloved Son" over the baptismal waters is an anticipatory reference to the Resurrection. This also explains why, in his own discourses, Jesus uses the word baptism to refer to his death (cf. Mk 10:38; Lk 12:50). (p. 17-18)
The Holy Father's entire meditation upon this scene blew me away when I first read it. If you have not read Jesus of Nazareth, I highly suggest it. As for my own meager offerings, I present the following links to past blog posts on baptism:
Pax Christi,

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Tuesday, January 5, 2010


An initiative of the Ladies of Cluster Paul and 3G Family Catechism Group

"I solemnly assure you,
the man who has faith in Me will do the works I do,
and greater far than these.
Why? Because I go to the Father,
and whatever you ask in My name I will do"
John 14:12-13

The Intercessory Prayer group is the initiative of the ladies of the Family Catechism Group and CFC-Cluster Paul tasked to be prayer warriors/intercessors to lift up others' and their needs to Jesus Christ through our Blessed Mama Mary. Prayer intercessors come to gather on agreed day, time and place of each week for an hour to conduct the Intercessory Prayer session.

The several areas of prayer that will be regularly lifted up: the Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries, CFC members and their families, the sick and the dying, those undergoing diferrent types of challenges in their lives, the Holy Catholic Church and her leaders, missionaries, all catholic communities, our country, and the ministries of the church. This ministry is open to anyone who feels led by God to intercede on behalf of others and dedicate one hour a week to praying for the many needs and request made known to us.

We want to enlist members who are willing to join the Intercessory Prayer group, Eucharistic Adoration and the Divine Mercy devotion. If you like to join this or if you have a prayer request, please email us...

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thnaksgiving, present your request to God."

Philippians 4:6

Saturday, January 2, 2010



"When the designated time had come, God sent forth His Son born of a woman." —Galatians 4:4

Catholics and the Orthodox maintain Mary is the most important human being in God's plan, except for her Son, the God-Man, Jesus. Others think that by honoring Mary we take away from the worship of Jesus. However, Catholics and the Orthodox say Mary will lead a person to Jesus, just as all good Christians try to lead their friends to the Lord. After all, Mary's last recorded words in the Bible were: "Do whatever He (Jesus) tells you" (Jn 2:5). What is Mary's part in God's plan? Does she mother, minister, and intercede today?


"The angel answered her: 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God.' " —Luke 1:35

the teachings about Mary depend on two Biblical revelations about her motherhood. Mary is God's mother as she is the mother of Jesus Who is God (Lk 1:32, 35). She is also our Mother by adoption because Jesus told her to take John and the disciples of all time as her children (Jn 19:26).

Mary is not just the average person; she is God's mother, having conceived Jesus by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. If we understand God's holiness and the intimacy of the Holy Spirit with Mary in conceiving Jesus, we see that Jesus' incarnation presupposes that Mary was immaculate from the beginning of her life. Because Mary was free from sin, she was free from the wages of sin, that is, death (Rm 6:23). Thus her immaculate conception implies her assumption into heaven. This does not take away from the glory of her Son or imply she did not need to be redeemed (see Lk 1:47). In fact, it is an even greater victory for Jesus. Pope Pius XII taught: "Wherefore, the infinite dignity of Jesus Christ and His office of universal redemption is not diminished or lowered by this tenet of doctrine, rather it is greatly increased" (On the Immaculate Conception, p. 5). In the Bible, Mary is called "full of grace" and "blessed among women" (Lk 1:28, 42, 45). We have begun to appreciate how blessed and graced she was and why "all ages to come" shall call her blessed (Lk 1:48).

Because of Jesus' resurrection victory over death, her mothering is not stopped by her passing from this life to heaven. Mary's "unique," "preeminent," "singular," and yet very human place in God's plan of salvation is not only for two thousand years ago but for today (Vatican II, The Church, 53). While Jesus was hanging on the cross He told mother Mary to adopt John and the disciples of all time as her children. Mary obeyed her Son and she mothers us until the present day. Now we must obey Him by accepting and honoring her as our mother, thereby obeying the fourth commandment (Ex 20:12). This commandment carries with it the promise that it will go well with us and we will have a long life (Eph 6:3). This applies both to our natural parents and our adoptive mother. By honoring mother Mary we claim God's precious promises.


"Seek eagerly after love. Set your hearts on spiritual gifts—above all, the gift of prophecy." —1 Corinthians 14:1

We know Mary is still mothering us by what the Spirit has taught us concerning John 19:25-27 and also by the Spirit's gift of prophecy. For example, when Isaiah prophesied: "The virgin shall be with Child, and bear a Son, and shall name Him Immanuel" (Is 7:14), probably no one understood this to mean that a virgin would conceive without sexual relations. But the Spirit later revealed this through Matthew: "He (Joseph) had no relations with her at any time before she bore a Son, Whom he named Jesus" (Mt 1:23, 25). The Spirit has taken other Bible passages and given them a prophetic meaning concerning Mary (e.g. Gn 3:15; Rv 12:1). These prophecies have been tested by Christian communities across the world for centuries (see 1 Jn 4:1) and therefore are among the most confirmed and tested prophecies in the history of Christianity. They help us further appreciate Mary's special mothering role in God's plan of salvation. Micah prophesied, "Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne" (Mi 5:2).


"Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother: 'This Child is destined to be the Downfall and the Rise of many in Israel, a Sign that will be opposed—and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword—so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.' " —Luke 2:34-35

As the Spirit overshadows our understanding by teaching us His word and pouring out the gift of prophecy, we become more aware of how Mary continues to mother the church. The titles of Mary are usually prophetic statements about aspects of her mothering. As Sorrowful Mother, she has the gift to lay bare the thoughts of many hearts. As Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, she exercises a powerful intercessory ministry (Jn 2:3). As Spouse of the Spirit, she prays for a new Pentecost, as she prayed at the first outpouring of the Spirit (Acts 1:14). As Our Lady Of Lourdes, she heals her children. As Our Lady Of Guadalupe, she evangelizes and ministers to the poor. As Our Lady of Fatima, she asks us to accept Jesus' call to be peacemakers (Mt 5:9). All these ministries are aspects of motherhood. Mothers are primarily concerned about peace among the children in their family. Mothers live to lead their children to Christ. They intercede for, heal, and serve their children. They often minister the Spirit to their children. That same Spirit that Mary prayed for at the first Pentecost now teaches us to appreciate her mothering and to honor her as mother.


"Together they devoted themselves to constant prayer. There were some women in their company, and Mary the mother of Jesus." —Acts 1:14

As a youngster I came to know Mary as my mother. We prayed the family rosary each evening, and this prayer-time bore fruit in an exceptional family life. I stayed in touch with Mary throughout high school and college but almost forgot about her in graduate school. I no longer prayed the rosary daily, for I had become too sophisticated for such a simple prayer. My life was deteriorating gradually. My estrangement from Mary was symptomatic of a breakdown of my relationship with Jesus; I still went to church and prayed but had lost my first love (see Rv 2:4). I was compromised with the world and no longer loved Jesus with all my heart and soul (Mt 22:37). I was experiencing meaninglessness and powerlessness in my life. In l975, one year after my ordination to the priesthood and one week before Pentecost, after reading Acts 1:14 as I was preparing for the Sunday homily, I decided to gather some people to pray for the Spirit. The Spirit came in a torrential outpouring, and almost immediately the Spirit restored my relationship with Mary and my daily praying of the rosary. The first time I prayed in tongues was during the rosary. One of the most effective evangelistic outreaches I have ever witnessed was the result of a rosary procession. Also, the only time I have seen the Spirit renew a parish extensively was through the intercession of Our Lady of The Presentation.


"In turn He said to the disciple, 'There is your mother.' From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care." —John 19:27

The Spirit is using Mary now to prepare the way for her Son's final coming. In 1917 at Fatima, Portugal, Mary prophesied that Russia could be converted and her immaculate heart would triumph. We hear of revival in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China. These events seem to be preparing for the miraculous fulfillment of the Fatima prophecies and a worldwide evangelistic explosion.

As the Lord's plan of salvation unfolds and culminates, the Lord seems to have commissioned Mary to prepare us for His second coming. Therefore, He asks us to dedicate ourselves to Mary's immaculate heart. The revelation of Mary's immaculate heart is one of the most confirmed prophecies of all time. Our dedication to her immaculate heart is a commitment to lay bare our hearts (Lk 2:35) and receive new hearts that are holy, immaculate, and pleasing to the Lord. It means that we accept Mary's mothering and agree to cooperate with her as she ministers the Holy Spirit to us, as she did with Elizabeth and John the Baptist (Lk 1:41). Great athletes or musicians dedicate themselves through strict obedience and extensive work to a professional coach or virtuoso. Likewise, to be holy we need to be discipled by others, especially our mother Mary. Wearing the scapular is a sign that we have decided to cooperate fully with Mary as she makes us disciples of her Son Jesus.

In conclusion, speak to Mary from your heart:

"Mother Mary, thank you for loving Jesus and being my mother. I dedicate myself to your immaculate heart. I ask you to pray for, teach, command, correct, and guide me. I commit myself to cooperate with and obey you so I will grow to love Jesus with all my heart and stand holy before Him when He comes a second time."

Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, July 14, 1998.
Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 20, 1998.

The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstatImprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed. and

Friday, January 1, 2010

Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

What Happens When You Fall in Love

"All of us, gazing on the Lord's glory with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into His very image by the Lord Who is the Spirit." —2 Corinthians 3:18

Jesus promised to be with us always even to the end of the world (Mt 28:20). At the Last Supper, He said: "This is My body," "This is My blood" (Mk 14:22, 24), and "Do this as a remembrance of Me" (Lk 22:19). After receiving the Holy Spirit, the early Church began to realize what Jesus did at the Last Supper, and they "devoted themselves" to "the breaking of bread," that is, Mass and Communion (Acts 2:42).

The Holy Spirit will give us a desire, as He did in the early Church, to receive Jesus every day in Holy Communion. However, that will not be sufficient, and we will wish for communion to last longer. Because of this desire, to prolong communion, the Spirit led the Church to extend communion by adoration and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Church teaches that the faithful must be given the opportunity to "easily, fruitfully, and constantly honor the Lord, present in the sacrament, through personal worship" (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, 9). "To visit the Blessed Sacrament is...a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord" (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei, 66) (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1418). We are encouraged to make visits to church, spend time in adoration, and celebrate benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Although the Church strongly encourages eucharistic adoration and exposition, in many places churches are largely deserted; "40 Hours" is diminishing; and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is rare. How can we restore adoration and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?

(1) Fall in love with Jesus.

(2) Let the Spirit fill you with a desire for "the breaking of bread."

(3) Invite others to daily Mass.

(4) Talk to your pastor about beginning a holy hour, a day of prayer, or a daily schedule of adoration and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

The key to restoring adoration and exposition is to renew a number of people in their relationship with the Lord and fill them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Adoration and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament both depends on and furthers authentic renewal. Pope John Paul II teaches: "The encouragement and the deepening of eucharistic worship are proofs of that authentic renewal which the Council set itself as an aim and of which they are the central point" (On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist, 9).

After the Lord has brought about renewal in the hearts of a few people, we should propose to our pastor a weekly time of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. If he is not open to this, we should propose exposition on a trial basis. If he is still not open, we should pray, put it in the hands of God, and not be upset with the pastor. Many pastors will be open to exposition of the Blessed Sacrament if they see there are a few people interested. Furthermore, a priest does not have to be present, since an extraordinary eucharistic minister can begin and conclude exposition.

In conclusion, "the Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease" (Pope John Paul II, On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist, 3).

Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, May 25, 1996

Imprimatur: † Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 29, 1996

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Ten Commandments of Intercession

Intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God's plan of salvation. Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three years. And now He has been interceding for us for almost two thousand years. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.

The Church teaches that the intercession of the saints in heaven is "their most exalted service to God's plan" (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], 2683) — no matter how great was their work on earth. St. Dominic taught on his death bed: "Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life" (CCC, 956).

One of many kinds of prayer is the prayer of petition. Intercession is a form of petition (CCC, 2634). It is petitioning God in the place of another person (see Ez 22:30, 13:5; Ps 106:23; CCC, 2741). Intercession implies that a person is unable or unwilling to petition God on his own behalf (Rm 8:26) and that the Lord sometimes permits us to substitute for others in prayer. Because God has given us authority (Gn 1:28) that He will not usurp, and because He will not usually impose His blessings on us, intercession makes a great difference. We don't receive because we don't ask (Jas 4:3). Intercession often is the difference between life and death, war and peace, healing or sickness, success or failure.

Protestants, Catholics, evangelicals, and charismatics all agree that intercession is God's urgent call to His people at this moment in history. Some maintain that Jesus' mother Mary has been repeatedly sent during this century to encourage us to intercede. We may be on the threshold of a golden age of intercession. Let us intercede to the maximum.


  1. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength" (Dt 6:5, our translation).
  2. Thou shalt have God choose each member of an intercessory prayer group.
  3. Thou shalt not intercede without first hearing God.
  4. Thou shalt be as specific as possible.
  5. Thou shalt have expectant faith.
  6. Thou shalt love thy enemies.
  7. Thou shalt expect spiritual warfare.
  8. Thou shalt commit thyself to intercede for a set period of time.
  9. Thou shalt change thy life-style.
  10. Thou shalt not be too rigid about some of these guidelines.
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