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Jul 242016
 

Advocating to GodToday’s first reading is the famous one of God planning to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham challenging Him. Notice also, that the result of the challenge is learning that there are no righteous people in either city, except for Abraham, Lot and their families.

What has happened in Sodom and Gomorrah is not people are committing sins like saying bad words. Rather, they are living in a vicious sin-filled anarchy and the residents of the two cities are actually turning on each other.

The Bible says that their sins are crying out to God, that means that they are evil sins that are committed shamelessly. Imagine an anarchy where people’s passions reign and you have an idea of what is happening. They are bringing forth violence and the self-destruction of the community.  Notice that God is not assuming anything, he is going to see for himself of this great evil. This is actually a literary device to show that God is a just God and he is not relying on rumor or innuendo he is investigating the full truth. The point is that we must do the same and not work or condemn or spread rumor or innuendo. In fact, that is one of the greatest tools of evil, hence why one of the commandments condemns such false witness and those who spread gossip, rumors and innuendo are indeed considered some of the worst of all sinners. Jezebel the most evil woman in the Bible used exactly that tactic against her enemies and led to the death of Naboth so she could steal his vineyard. Daniel had two elders of a community beheaded for doing the same thing to a woman in his city.

Notice that the evil is so great and we learn that there are no righteous people in the two cities. The reason why the two cities must be destroyed is because their evil will spread across the world and destroy all human existence. It is the fruit of the sin introduced at the Garden of Eden. God must—to use an expression—cut off the limb to save the tree.

It is one of the great illustrations that demonstrates that the human being has an inclination to sin; as St Augustine taught, without God we walk down the path leads to destruction.

The reason why Jesus came was to show us the way off that path and onto the path of life. Without Christ, we would have been lost along time ago. However, we are beginning to see proof of this dynamic.

You saw in the news last week that between Dallas and Baton Rouge among other places that eight police officers have been killed ambush style. People are blaming the Black Lives Matter movement, I would be more inclined to blame the dynamic more than the movement. What I just said is well beyond the understanding of the average journalist covering this situation.

The reason why I say this is because another issue that happened this week, which also would be beyond the average journalist covering this situation, the governor of Louisiana following the shooting deaths of three officers and the wounding of others in his state and of course what happened in Dallas the week before said that this is demonic. As strange as that may sound, he is correct.

The current forms of community organizing are using the tactics of Saul Alinsky to create movements that will change society into the image of these community organizers and their disciples. They first organized against the Church so that you will get away from the influence of the Church and start embracing their ideas as your guide. Many have done this already.

Remember, Saul Alinsky praised Lucifer as the model of the true radical. He called people to take him as the model and literally by any means necessary accomplish their goal of bringing the change they want to see in the world. 

The demonic has a way of working and it is very simple. The Devil grants you what you are seeking and even lets you take your own credit for it and then when he has used you to accomplish his tasks he destroys you and continues onto his goal.

This week even a high ranking member of our government has recognized that the destruction stemming from this community organizing has gotten out of hand as indicated by the killing of police officers. Why has it gotten out of hand, because using the tactics of Saul Alinsky taught to these community organizers people built movements that reject God and embrace their own unknown sinfulness for their mission in life. That is what you see happening. They have begun to take upon themselves the role of being the change they want to see in the world and what they did not expect or plan now is taking over.

This brings us back to the readings. Jesus in another part of the Gospels reminds us that we are the salt of the Earth, the Light of the World. I think you are beginning to see where this world or even our nation goes when people reject God and go their own way. This is why the Church exists until Jesus returns. We are there to lead people off the track to their own destruction and onto the track of salvation which is freedom in Christ. You can also see in history, if it was not for the Church, our world would appear greatly different and not so civilized.

Both the first reading and Gospel not only tell of the importance of prayer, but also remind us that we have an important status in Christ that gives us the right to approach God on behalf of those lost in the grips of the world’s arrogance and the people too lost to understand how truly lost they are and to pray on their behalf.

Will things get worse? Without your service to Christ indeed they will. Will they get better? That is a question we need to ask the Father and listen for his response in the spirit of Abraham and the expectation taught by Christ.

We don’t want to see the change the disciples of Saul Alinsky want to bring upon this world, we want to see the Change that Christ is promising as we await His return.

Only through our quest for holiness and prayer for others, which is what our faith is all about will we have any hope for the future. That is what Abraham understood and Christ and his Church teaches.

God bless you,

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MAand is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr. Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Jul 222016
 

Saint Paul asks the Romans: “love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honour” (The Letter to the Romans 12, 10).“I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned” (The Letter to the Romans 12, 3). “Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good”(The Letter to the Romans, 12, 9). Nothing can be worse for a member of the Body of Christ than haughtiness, in other words, people who consider themselves superior to the other members. It is even worse if you consider yourself “indispensable” to your community and to the service of the Church. There is nothing more important to the Church than its unity. Before suffering His Passion, the Lord asked His Father in His Prayer: “And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are”(John 17, 11). “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17, 20-21).

It is central to understand the meaning of this prayer. If there is no unity among those who announce His Name, the world will not be able to trust that He was sent by His Father to save mankind. Jesus intimately bonds unity to the conversion of mankind. That is the reason why Pope John Paul II tells us that broken unity is the greatest scandal of Christianity in modern times. “And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me” (John 17, 22-23). We should never forget these words: “that they may be brought to perfection as one”.

The cause of the Church will be lost if this unity does not remain protected with extreme zeal. Unity is the sweet fruit of a humble, simple and mutually helping community in which every member has died for himself or herself and nobody wants to outshine the others and nobody wants to show off; a community in which everybody knows how to forgive and understand the weaker. Saint Paul exhorts the Ephesians to strive “ to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (The Letter to the Ephesians 4, 3). This “bond of peace” is equivalent to charity and to the “bond of perfection” mentioned in The Letter to the Colossians 3, 14.That has always been the greatest concern of the Apostle. He asks the Ephesians: “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (The Letter to the Ephesians 4, 1-3).
The Apostle is realistic: he knows that life in community is not easy, because the weaknesses of each member create strife and division. So he beseeches the faithful to “bear with one another” in the name of the “Unity in the Holy Spirit”.

 

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 page:www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Jul 212016
 

Astromar Miranda. Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

We have to get to know God, so we can be reborn through mercy

Miracle is that which is an impossibility; and I want to start this preaching challenging you to deliver your impossibility in the hands of that one who can do all so that what is impossible becomes a miracle.What is the miracle you need?

We should not hold on to the past or to the problems

There are two things that we are not to be impassioned about: the past and the problems. Have you ever heard that unhappy phrase: “I was happy and didn’t know it!”? This is a big lie we tell, having been in the comfort of things that don’t come back. As well as a few others cling to the problems and forget that they are like a bank line in which they leave one to go into another.

We should leave the time in which we live, because the life of the one who was reborn of mercy is divided into three phases:

Phase of the meeting: the one where it all begins, at home, with neighbors, first loves, the first disappointments.
The phase Mismatch: We separate ourselves from our values, our essence and God because He gave us things to use and people to love, but we ended up doing the opposite, using people and loving things.
The Reunion phase: in this phase, Salvation comes to us, and that’s where we realize the emptiness, and this can only be filled by God.

We need to know what God’s mercy

If we don’t find out who God is, we will never know what he can do in our lives. If we don’t know who Jesus is, we may never know all that He can do for us. To know the mercy of God, we need to meet him.

Let’s see, in 1 Peter 1.3, he  writes someone who experienced the mercy of the Lord:

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he made us be reborn by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to a lively hope. “

Hope is different from expectation, because it passes fast; already the hope is reborn each day. Whoever lives  with expectation is frustrated, because it ends; Hope comes from experience, knowledge and intimacy, a confidence that comes from knowledge. So, know Jesus, so that we have a living hope in God that He can do everything.

"Se eu não descobrir quem Ele é eu nunca saberei o que Ele pode". Foto: Wesley Almeida/cancaonova.com

“If we don’t find out who He is, we will never know what He can do.” Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

If we do not know the Lord, we will have no hope in the mercy of God. We need to know the principle of being a child of God, know that we are made sons and daughters of God.

The suffering has to generate in us the confidence in God, in his mercy. We need Him in order to mould us in the midst of suffering, because there are no strong people with an easy past. Difficulties strengthen our personality, our character and our faith. Take possession of this hope be alive in God, so that we can be reborn in him.

When we ask how was the PHN, we can answer: “I experienced the mercy of a God who is Father!”.

We are valuable to God, but we need to meet him to recognize his mercy.

Original Portuguese Transcribed and adapted by Jonatas Steps

Astromar Miranda

A member of the Mariana Braga movement and preacher

Portuguese Version

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Jul 202016
 

When we are living a bohemian life, we have to stop our agitation to hear God

Acalme a agitação, caia em si

Emanuel Joshua preaches on the PHN 2016.Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

We young people like to be rebels, but we were disoriented. As St. Paul says in Tt -4 3.3: “Because we too were once foolish, rebels, led astray, slaves of passions of every kind, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But one day turned up the goodness of God our Savior and his love for men.

In Luke, Jesus tells the three parables of mercy and shows us how God loves us so much. In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus shows us that we are children of God, loved by him and for him. As much as I have been through so many situations and sufferings, we have to convince ourselves that we are children of God.

On our journey, we see that the son asks the father for his part of the inheritance. That attitude is a cry for independence and freedom. The father gives his son’s inheritance, and with this he goes away. But why did that father left his son go? Why does God let us do what we want? The Lord allows that to happen, because He knows how to take good from evil, and uses evil as matter of salvation.

That young man, left for a faraway place, forgot God. He wanted to stay away from the Father.When we sin, we’re also forgetting the Lord. We choose what we want, and we don’t want any more of our Father’s House. In the middle of the mess, we don’t remember him, until hunger arrives.

That young man, just as we do sometimes spent everything and squandered it all. He lived a life unbridled, looking for happiness, but only found pleasure, and pleasure passes. So, we have to dominate ourselves, setting limits to for self-control.

After this, there was a deep famine in the region and he started to experience need. And whatever else that was freedom turned into slavery. The famine was away from the House of the father, but the more we move away from the His House, the more we stay close to the difficulties.

 

The one who left home stopped serving with his father, only in the end to have to serve his sins. Feeding the pigs is living this unbridled life and serving sin. Pleasure does not feed us and we not are satisfied; We end up envying the sins before we convert, but it is up to each of us to decide if we will turn from sin to an experience or stay in them to a disappointment.

Calm down to separate us from sin

We have to calm down, because, if we keep in agitation, we will never be able to separate ourselves from sin. In the world today, everything is noise; We’re afraid to stop and listen to God. At this time, you need to be calm and quiet.

Acalme a agitação, caia em si

“Calm down to separate us from sin.” Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

When we calmed him down, we can see that we are not so close to sin. We’re dirty, yes, but we see that it is not impossible to break free with the help of Jesus.

God, out of love for us and for mercy, comes to us and saves us. Not out of our merit, but out of  love. The Lord causes us to return to him. Come around, stop and calm down. Start living the purification, so let’s have a party and meet with God to experience the happiness that never passes. You need to calm down, cease all agitation. Get back to God, because the best place in the world where He is.

Portuguese transcription and adaptation: João Paulo dos Santos

Emanuel Stênio

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Jul 192016
 

Dunga. Foto: Wesley Almeida/cancaonova.com

Dunga. Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

Let’s let God make our home a place of celebration

Today, let’s talk about the return of the son to the father. Let’s share the word in Luke 15:11 -12

“He also said: A man had two sons. The younger said to his father: ‘father, give me the part of my heritage.’ The father then divided the assets between them. “

The Father wants the best for their children

Here we see the story of a father, as well as the father who worked and struggled to raise children, to leave them an inheritance; but not only material goods. This is the story of a Son who wanted his heritage to enjoy the pleasures of the world.

That dad wanted to teach his children more than the responsible use of material goods, but in life, everything has a right time to happen, whether in relation to the goods or to the sex life. But all that the youngest son of that man wanted was to immediately enjoy all that his father owned. Imagine a child leaving home with all that the father had conquered with so much effort!

The father, unable to deny the request of son, called his brother and probably asked him if he wanted to leave, if hewanted a part of it, but the eldest son was noble and chose to honor the father – interesting to realize that honoring father and mother is the first commandment as promise. So the father divided the inheritance and the youngest son went away with the part that was his.

Happiness away from Father doesn’t last forever

Let’s read the continuation of this story in Luke 15:13 -14

“A few days later, raking all that belonged to him, his younger son left to a distant country, and there wasted his fortune, living loosely. After having wasted everything, there came to the region a great famine and he began to spend live in destitution. “

Live is full of phases, and whoever lives life, lives them. Today, I have more than 50 years and went through several phases, and you also will live them. That boy went through a moment of wasting money, of joy, of partying, but that phase didn’t last forever. When hard times came, he ended up with no inheritance, no joy to spend. Let’s see what happened to him in Luke: 15.15

“He was put to the service of one of the inhabitants of that region, which sent him to their fields to keep the pigs.”

For the Jews, it was a terrible function to take care of pigs, because these were filthy animals! People, at that time, did not eat pigs.

I’ve had a pig stye at home when I was a kid. It was a bad experience going to the neighbors to get scraps of food that trash, to throw to the pigs. That animal does not look up, pig are always forlorn, always stuck in the dirt. People who go from work for drug dealers, often to prostituting themselves to support their addiction, are in the middle of pigs.

That young man had to come to his senses and realized that he was resembling those creatures of which he was in charge. Let’s see in Luke 15:16-17

“He desired of even the pods that the pigs ate, nobody him foot to eat. He then began to reflect: how many employees there are in my father’s House that have plenty of bread … and I, here, I’m starving! “

Return to the father’s House is the most important

"Nossa vida pode estar um caos, mas o Espírito Santo está pronto para dar ordem à nossa vida ". Foto: Wesley Almeida/cancaonova.com

“Our life may be a mess, but the Holy Spirit is ready to give the order to our lives”. Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

This is where the story gets interesting. That young man takes an attitude of contrition, repentance and humility; He recognizes that he needs his father and wants to see him again, as written in Luke 15:18-19

“Get up and go to my father, and I will tell you: my father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son. Treat me as one of your employees. “

Now, Let’s imagine this scene: the son coming home, going against the father, in Luke 15:19

“He got up and went to his father. He was still far off, when his father saw him and moved to compassion, ran to meet him, threw his hands around his neck and kissed him. “

Imagine the thrill of that father who waited for the son. The father was touched, embraced his son and said everything that the son had imagined. Notice the difference, the way he had left home, not caring about the care of the father. But at the reunion, the son acknowledged his sin, humbled himself before the father and admitted that he needed him. Do we have the guts to do that with our parents? Do we often neglect the care, love and all that they do for us?

Our lives can be a mess, but the Holy Spirit is ready to give order to our lives. Let us humble ourselves before the father and let Him work within us. It is a day acknowledging our sins and letting God work in us, in our home, in our family.

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