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Oct 252016

On October 15 and 16, with a big event, the memorial of Moses, God’s friend, was re-opened on Mount Nebo, after many years of closure.

The official entrance of the Apostolic Administrator Pierbattista Pizzaballa into Nazareth and the welcome by the Christian Orthodox authorities.

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land gathered to dialogue and reflect on how to generate more integration and how to foster unity between the hierarchy, religious communities and lay people.

An ancient Jewish tradition: Sukkot, or “feast of Booths,” recalls the time when God’s people crossed the desert, while living in temporary huts.

The olive harvest season has started in the garden of Gethsemane. A gesture of familiarity, with an ancient taste, but renewed.

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Oct 242016

Worry sickens our heart


In all situations, no matter what, let us present the Lord all our concerns. Doing this, we will no longer be tormented; on the contrary, we will be involved for the peace of God.

Vencendo as preocupações

Photo: Yamin/New Song

Worry is suffering ahead of time. “Worrying” is bad, because it leads us to lose strength.

Not before time!

We let ourselves get involved with too much by emotion, so the worry also surrounds us.

The concern is like a hose that is punctured, it loses pressure because it is leaking water on the way. We need to concentrate our forces for the time that we need to use them.

The snake concentrates and, when the time is right, it strikes. You don’t want to be snake, but need to act like one, use the force at the right time.

God doesn’t want your heart to be sick by living things ahead of time and weakening it, he wants to see your heart healthy and good.

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

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Oct 212016

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Saint Irenaeus (d. 202 A.D.) has been teaching us where to find God’s Truth since the Second Century of existence of the Church:


“Being our trials of such big proportions, it is vain to look for the Truth elsewhere if you can easily find it in the Church, for the Apostles deposited the plenitude of the Truth in the Church, like in a rich big barn, so that everyone who yearns for the Truth can drink from the Source of Life in the Church. In Her you shall find the open door to Life; all other pathways are full of thieves and way layers. That is the reason why it is necessary to avoid these dangerous paths and to love dearly everything that belongs to the Church, thus keeping the sound heritage of the Truth (Against the heresies, book III, 1, 1-2, 1-3; 4-1).


Saint Irenaeus fiercely combated the Gnostic heretics. He often talked about the misfortune of those who forsake the Church:

“The preaching of the Church is firm and solid from all standpoints; it never changes and has the benefit of the testimony of Prophets, Apostles and Disciples. Their testimony comprehends beginning, middle and end, in other words, the totality of God’s economy and action, the foundation of our faith, which infallibly targets human salvation. That is the reason why we keep with zeal and care the faith we received from the Church, like a most precious treasure deposited in a most exquisite vessel. Under the influx of the Holy Spirit of God, this faith is incessantly renewed and incessantly renews its containing vessel.  For as the Divine breath was entrusted to the moulded clay, the same way “God’s Gift” (John 4, 10) was entrusted to the Church so that all Her members could share it and be revivified by this Gift. God put the communion with the Christ in the hands of the Church, in other words, God gave the Holy Spirit to the Church, a guarantee of incorruptibility, confirmation of our faith and the stairway of our ascension towards God:  ‘Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues’ (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 28). The Church received from God everything She needs to co-operate with the action of the Holy Spirit. Those who refuse to join the Church are excluding themselves from the Holy Spirit and thus blocking real Life to nourish them through their false doctrines and depraved actions. For where the Church is, the Spirit of God is there as well and where the Spirit of God is, the Church and all the grace are there as well. Indeed, the Spirit is also the Truth. Consequently, those who do not participate in it are not being nourished and vivified by the breast of the Mother; those who cannot drink from the pure Source that springs from the Body of Christ ‘have dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water’ (Jeremiah 2, 13); they dig holes on the ground and they drink polluted water from the swamps.  They run away from the Church because they fear being unmasked and they reject the Spirit because they do not want to be instructed. They have become strangers to the Truth and therefore they are doomed to thrust themselves into all kinds of mistake: their mistakes will cause their downfall. They make the fatal mistake of having a different idea at each new moment about major issues and they lack a solid unchangeable doctrine. Rather than Disciples of the truth, they are sophists of words. They did not build their foundations on the Rock, but on sand, and sand full of brittle” (Against the Heresies, Book III, 24, 1).


Saint Epiphany (dead on 403 A.D.), great combatant against the heresies, follows the same line of Saint Irinaeus:


“There is One Real Pathway, the Catholic Church and only one pathway to the Truth. On the other hand, heresies have left the real pathways because they took wrong turns to the left or to the right: therefore they are abandoned to themselves and they gradually drown in their mistakes.

Alas, then, o servants of God and children of God’s Holy Church, who know the safe rules of faith! Do not allow the voices of strangers to lead you astray from the Church and do not allow them to mislead you with  false assumptions of the so-called sciences (Haer. 59, c. 12s).

Also Saint Vincent of Lerins (dead on 450 A.D.) also combated the Pelagian heresy and he affirms that:

“Asking diligently and attentively to numerous eminent authorities on sanctity and doctrine which safe norm I could use, as regular and generic as possible, to tell the truth of Catholic faith from the falsehood of heresy, that is the uniform answer they all gave me: those who want to find out the emerging fraud of the heretic, avoid their traps and stay safe and sound in faith, should shelter their own faith under double Divine protection: first under the authority of the Divine Law and second under the Tradition of the Church” (Commonitorium).

Professor Felipe Aquino


Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. On TV Canção Nova he presents the program “Escola da Fé” [School of faith] and “Pergunte e Responderemos” [Ask and respond], on Radio he presents the program “in the heart of the Church”. On weekends he preaches deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic background by publishers, Loyola and Cleopas and Canção Nova. His teacher’s Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Oct 202016

Jesus Christ paid our debt of sin with his blood on the cross

We’re playing on the fundamental reality of Christianity. He could have saved us by many means, but He wanted to save us by the cross.

At that time, the Greeks seek wisdom, because for them this virtue would solve everything; already the Jews sought the law. God, did not want to save the world through wisdom or the law, but “craziness” (in the eyes of the world).

“In fact, he took upon himself my infirmities, and uploaded my sufferings: and I claimed as a grounded, wounded by God and humiliated”.

Thus, we have here the fundamental truth of Christianity: Jesus took all our sins and nailed them on the cross. There’s the beautiful thing, the Lord took upon himself our sins. Then, when He took them, He suffered not only on the cross, but was already suffering during His arrest.

Many times, we look only at the crucifixion. Of course it’s a barbaric what they did, but that’s not all. See: Christ took upon himself our sins, carried them to the cross and left them there. Let me tell you: our sins no longer belong to us.

Our past sins have already been undertaken by the Lord to the cross; more still: the future sins have been assumed by him. Even the last sin of our life has been taken over by the Lord.We’re in the fundamental truth of Christianity: Jesus took upon all our sins, the sins past, present and even the future. He crucified them on the cross, so it’s easy to gain forgiveness from him.

Compreenda o perdão que Cristo nos dá na cruz

In the book “Curados Para Amar” [Healed to Love], I present the following explanation:

“I know you’re a driver and you have to drive well and accomplish your work. But I know, too, that you’re not a good driver, so, over time, you will make mistakes like scratching the car, accidents, fines, pay for repairs of your car. Just that, knowing this, loving you, I’m going to the Bank and deposit an amount so large that will be enough to cover those cases; so, I take it and put it in your hand. So, from there on, all your traffic accidents will be paid. You must acknowledge once again your guilt and see the reality: that you now have a debt, but also that already you have the money to pay for it “.

People, that’s what Jesus did for us through his death: he paid our debts [sins]. Take a peek at the damage that you did in the lives of others, but thanks to God, with much more than a checkbook, Jesus Christ has paid our debt with his blood on the cross, as someone who assumes the debt of others. So “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1, 8).

Of course you don’t want to sin, but you sin. Do you deny that you have sinned? No! Jesus is teaching us that just to have humility in recognizing our sin. By the time we recognize our sin, then God is faithful and just to forgive us, as we are taught the Holy Scriptures.

I am always delighted with the gesture of Luzia, because she has a devotion to the crucified Christ.When the cross arrived here she she quickly went down to kiss the wounds of Jesus. Do the same: put yourself in front of the cross, plunge forward on the open side of Jesus. This wound is forever open; Enter the heart of Christ, don’t hide. The first thing that we carry within us is the feeling of guilt. Immediately the demon begins to accuse us, putting in us the sense of shame for not acknowledge God’s forgiveness. Thus, in place of repentance we begin to feel remorse. How many people still accuse you of traffic accident you suffered and other things … While I’m talking about the Lord who is using “oil” and “wine” for the cure.

Maybe a lot of things, right now, are bubbling up inside you, but know that they are not for you to accuse yourself, but for healing and deliverance to happen.

The Supreme Love saved and healed us so that we can love. That’s what we want: to be cured for love.


Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

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Oct 192016

Forgive us, Lord, as we forgive


Credits: Yamin/New Song

Everything passes first through God is sanctified; otherwise, it’s a mere human act which brings just relief and human accommodation. The real forgiving and being forgiven generates new life and communion of hearts.

An example is Jesus who lives always reconciled. He was crucified, but reconciled with man, as food in the Eucharist. From the top of the cross He says, “forgive them, for they know not what they do”.


Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

Portuguese version

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Oct 182016

I chose the wrong profession or college. And now what?

Many parents and children dream for a long time about a determined profession and channel all their efforts and resources for the realization of this dream. There is a moment of celebration when they carry out such a project. But it can turn into a nightmare, because the work chosen does not bring happiness.

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People get up and go to the job as if they are going to prison. However, the responsibility for survival weighs heavily, and the decision of a change of profession or employment is always postponed.

Dismay at work

They start Monday tired, go crawling to work every day. They don’t see any sense in what they do, among others, are symptoms of unhappiness with their career. Right now, it’s time to evaluate the whys of dissatisfaction. Some reasons may be worked out and the person may remain in the profession, others show that we must change course.

The first step is to seek self-knowledge, find out what you like and what you don’t like, their potentialities and limitations. Many hobbies can be transformed into successful careers.

Another discovery that needs to be asked is if the person wants to change jobs or try a second career option. An alert: many times, this isn’t about dissatisfaction with the profession, but with his personal life.Without that knowledge, career changes and dissatisfaction continues.

Another important item, in decision-making, is researching information of the market, the niches that can be occupied and the demands to be met, because it is not enough just do what you love, if it does not guarantee the needs for family survival. In this case, solving a personal problem creates another family problem.

Course change

There are changes in the route and change of route when you decide for the second option. Search and enjoy the experience that can help in the new career, start a new school, that can open new markets and or discover the entrepreneur in you and start your own business.

Companies specializing in human resources suggest some tips for the ripening of the decision: stay calm, assess their capacity and check the branches that allow you to look at other areas that attract you, check the new professions in the market that are in line with your personal and professional profile and cross this data with the market reality. You need to prepare your heart for the barriers that must be overcome. Feel motivated while walking, because it’s the desire that takes us to where we aim. Above all, learn to be happy with your decision, because it’s never too late to change careers.

Angela Abdo

Angela Abdo lives and works in Brazil. She is coordinator of the Group of mothers who pray for the children of St. Camillus Parish of Léllis (s) and assists in the study of the National Guide to RCC. She Acts as curator of the Foundation Nossa Senhora da Penha and leads workshops on strategic planning and people management to pastoral leadership.

Abdo is a graduate in Social work by UFES and postgraduate in human resources administration and business management. She has a master’s degree in accounting from Fucape. Acts as a consultant on small, medium and large private and public sector companies as quality and human resources Advisor and as a social worker of the CST (Centro de Solidariedade ao Trabalhador) [Workers Solidarity Center]. She is current President of ABRH (Brazilian Association of human resources) of the Espirtu Santo State  and Director, Manager and counselor of Vitoría Apart Hospital.

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