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Dec 092016
 

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When the Church teaches us an article of Truth of Morals, that teaching is the outcome of a long deep study and analysis of the theme. First of all and before teaching us, the Church asks for enlightenment to the Holy Spirit. The truths that the Holy Spirit unveils to the Church are sometimes difficult to understand, especially to those who did not study theology. Nevertheless, that should not be a cause of mistrust and disagreement among Christians, due to the fact that these articles of Faith and Morals are dogmas. On the contrary, each and every teaching of the Ministry of the Church should be welcomed with gratitude and happiness and put into practice right away, as if Jesus Himself had given it to us.

“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me” (Luke 10, 16).

Unfortunately, many insecure Catholics are shaken in their faith when people from different religions deny the truths of our faith, truths that are firmly consolidated in the Church. That should encourage all Catholics to plunge into a serious study of their faith. Saint Peter affirmed to the first Christians that:

“Finally, all of you, be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, humble. Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult; but, on the contrary, a blessing, because to this you were called, that you might inherit a blessing. For: “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep the tongue from evil and the lips from speaking deceit, must turn from evil and do good, seek peace and follow after it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears turned to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against evildoers.” Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil” (The First Letter of Peter 3, 8-17).

I want to insist on this point: even if you do not understand quite well the teachings of the Church, you should always welcome them and try to understand their meaning. Cardinal Ratzinger, Mayor of the Congregation of Faith at the Vatican, affirmed that: “dogmas are not chains but rather windows open to the infinite”. Unfortunately, some modern theologians (perhaps more modern than theologians) hastily try to challenge everlasting dogmas and even contradict their truths.

It is important to realize that infallibility does not mean impeccability. We all know that the members of the Church commit sins, most of the times against their own will. Nevertheless, that has nothing to do with the Infallibility of the Principles of the Church, which are a matter of Doctrine and not a matter of personal behavior of the members of the Church. The Church is infallible concerning the guidance She gives to her children all through the pathways of the Saving Truth. Jesus sends His Holy Spirit to His Church to guarantee that the Pope shall not make Doctrinal mistakes, when the Pope teaches ex cathedra, which means in a definite and decisive way (N.T. ex cathedra, Latin = “from the chair”, with full authority, especially of papal pronouncement). The Pope teaches Articles of Faith and Morals to the Catholics in the name of the Church and always ex cathedra. Sins belong to mankind and Grace belongs to God.

Saint Augustine teaches us not to be discouraged in face of the sins of members and children of the Church:

“Do not be misled by that, dear brothers. If you do not want to be disappointed and if you want to sincerely love one another, then know that each and every state and profession of the Church has a good amount of fakers…There are false Christians but there are also many irreproachable ones.”

The Infallibility of the Church does not apply to scientific fields like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Astronomy and so on. The Church receives the assistance of the Holy Spirit exclusively in questions of Faith and Morals, which by their own nature are definite and compulsory to the Faithful. They are equivalent to the Body of Dogmas proclaimed by the Popes or Councils with the Pope. For example, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady in 1854. Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady in body and soul to Heaven in 1950. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the priestly Orders exclusively for men in irrevocable definite character in his Apostolic Letter “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis” on May 22, 1994. Concerning the priestly Orders, the Pope settled the matter with these words:

“In order to solve any doubts concerning that most important matter, that belongs to the very constitution of the divine Church, and due to my Ministry of Confirmation to my brothers (Luke 22, 32), I declare that the Church does not have by no means the right of granting priestly Orders to women, and that this sentence must be considered as definite by all of the Faithful of the Church.”

“Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’; but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves. It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22, 24-32).

The question of priestly Orders in the Church is thus closed and solved forever, because we have a “definite” statement of the Pope on the matter. Unfortunately, soon after the Pope’s statement, many members of the Church manifested their disapproval. The Sacred Congregation of Faith had to make a pronunciation and affirm that this is an ex cathedra definition issued by the Pope and therefore it cannot be contradicted or re-examined.

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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Dec 082016
 

The Mission of the Queen and Virgin Mary is to  intercede for us

Whoever is the child of Queen is Prince or Princess.

That boy born in the cave of Bethlehem, totally helpless and in need of everything, grew and became the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. It’s an amazing thing what Jesus suffered.He was buried, but as he had announced, He rose again in glory and power. 40 days later he ascended into heaven with a resurrected and glorious body, this is our God. Our Lady is Queen because of Jesus, who is King.

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In the book of Kings, Solomon, when he took possession of the Kingdom, in place of his father David, sent for a throne made for his mother, Bathsheba, sitting on his right, because her place has always been there. She was the Queen Mother, she exercised the role of intercessor in all cases where it was necessary to love, forgiveness, and Council because Solomon was her son. If you’re looking closely you will see that, Solomon was King, because Bathsheba was his mother.

Our Lady is next to Jesus through all eternity. Mary also died. The Father wanted her to follow all the steps of her son Jesus. She died and was buried, but her body was not decomposed, it was resurrected was Jesus. She’s sitting next to the Lord, in the same way that Bathsheba was next to her son Solomon. The Mission of Mary is to intercede and pray for us. Fools are we if not resorting to her. Of course, Jesus is the King, but she is Queen and our intercessor.

I brought this one preaching stone was taken from the home of Mary, where the angel said: “rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”. I had a very big to win grace to obtain stone.The Rector of the Shrine of the Annunciation in Nazareth was in my house and gave me this gift. The stone is authenticated, a valuable gift; I keep it in my Chapel, to always remember the words that the Rector told me: “The Canção Nova, which is home to Mary, arrived at the House of Mary”.

The full name of the new song is: Canção Nova [New Song], the House of Mary. The rector knowing that, because he is very close to us, presented us with the treasure.

We have not died yet, but we are citizens of heaven,  we are the House of Mary. You don’t have a stone, but you dwell in your mother’s house, and one day we will be in glory as is our Lady.

The Angel went where the Virgin Mary was: “rejoice, full of grace!”. “Full of grace” means to have the fullness of the grace of God. The Angel told Mary that she possessed the fullness of God, although still hadn’t conceived the child.

The name of Jesus, in Hebrew, means “God saves”, and his Kingdom will have no end.Everything will pass: pain, suffering, tears and disappointment. 1000 painful things we face, are going to pass.

Mary said: “How does this happen, as I don’t know a man?”. Their concern was understanding what the angel said, because she was a Virgin; and had saved herself for Joseph. She was concerned with the vow of chastity that she made. At fourteen/fifteen years, she already had this maturity.

Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, was infertile, but for God nothing is impossible, Elizabeth became pregnant. For God nothing is impossible, for us nothing is impossible by the grace of God. That’s what Mary wants to us to experience. Once she’s on our side and on the side of the Lord with the glorious body, just that she touched him with her hand and talked to him.

At that moment, Mary said, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word”. We can add: “Then the divine word became flesh and dwelt among us”.

“We saw a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the Sun, with the moon under her feet and a Crown of twelve stars on her head. Was pregnant, in labor and screamed with cravings of giving birth. We saw another sign in heaven; Behold, it was a great Red Dragon, which had seven heads and ten horns, and seven Diadems on his heads, its tail led after the third of the stars of the sky, released on the Earth; the Dragon stood before the woman who had given birth to that, giving her the light, you swallow the son. The woman gave birth to a son that is to rule all the Nations with a rod of iron; his son was snatched up to God and to his throne.The woman fled into the wilderness, where had place prepared by God, so that there were fed for 1260 days. ” (Revelation -6 12.1)

This woman that the word quotes is Mary. The Dragon is the devil, the great adversary of Jesus, who wanted to kill Him in the womb of His mother. The demon is also the great opponent of the woman, because she generated the Son of God, took care of him, was at the foot of the cross and ascended into heaven. Heaven did and does party for the victory of Jesus and Mary. To the demon, he has little time, and he knows it.

Every day, the coming of Jesus draws near. Today, He is closer than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow. The coming of Jesus is accelerated. We don’t know when it will be, but you’re accelerating his coming. In the meantime, while it’s not enough, the devil is putting every effort to put an end to our children, our marriage, with the Church and with each one of us.

We have an enemy, and he is terrible! So says the word: “be careful!”. This care is for us be better Christians. The older we are, the closer we are to Jesus. If he doesn’t come, we’re going to him!

Our fight is against the demon and infernal forces. We must fight without stopping, especially because the coming of the Lord approaches. Between that battle and putting yourself into the struggle, to be increasingly Christian and become more Christians for God. We have a Queen Mother, we have an intercessor, she watches us and is with us, but those who fight are us.

Emuná is a Hebrew expression meaning “a cry of faith of he who believes”. More than a word expressed, it is a reality that we must assume. In this battle, our prayer to our Lady needs to be full of faith and fearlessness, should come from the deep of the heart. Each of us needs to take this real outcry to God. It’s not a question of yelling, we don’t win by the yelling, but we have emuná in us to become a true cry to heaven, where there is grace and victory. We’re in the fight of prayer.

Monsignor Jonas Abib

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Dec 072016
 

This Month We Are Celebrating Monsignor Jonas Abib’s 80th Birthday, Monsignor Jonas is the founder of Canção Nova.

To be free is to draw closer to God, He sets us free

 

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You need to be different. Say it with me:I’m going to be different, I will be free! We think that being free is doing what everyone does, but that’s lame, it’s not free.

Being different is hard. Be different from the father and the mother, who don’t think like you, it’s not easy, but you have to be different and make them different to make a difference.

Many of the people around us are blindfolded as they are still under the Dominion of the evil one. But we were ripped out of him, we are all different, our way is not the way of the enemy.

We need to help people to turn from the worldly way of life. However, unfortunately, we have not had the courage to swim against the current. To change this situation, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the courage to go against this current that’s taking the world down. Those around us don’t realize they’re being deceived. We have to swim against the tide.

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

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Dec 062016
 

The hypocrisy is that you preach but do not practice what you preach

 

The word hypocrite and hypocrisy, in its root, the Act of using (Rev. 2.4).

The first love is in the grace of conversion, a contribution toward that event is that Jesus came with salvation for us to have a strong love for God. But there came a time when he told us that we abandoned this our first love. Is it not your case?

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Monsignor Jonas Abib-Credits: New Song File

The Lord asks us to be converted, otherwise, He will be come back and will take us all, because we are acting with hypocrisy, and God can’t stand hypocrites. Say to the Lord: “I don’t want to be a hypocrite, so I am asking you, Lord, let me go back to the first love”.

 

In the book of revelation, He says: “I know your conduct, you have a reputation of being alive, but you’re dead”(AP. 3, 1b). Many times, we have shown with our hypocrisy that we are alive, because we give lectures, Apostolic work, preaching, we sing and we seem to be so alive, but the Lord tells us: you’re dead. Unfortunately, that is inherent in the human person, but God knows the conduct and the interior of all people and sees that they are dead. The Lord asks us to be vigilant, to rescue the good in us, because we have many qualities.

The Lord tells us: “Revive what you have left”. I know this will be of one time or another, because we’re dying inside without realizing it, but remember what you have learned and put into practice everything you know. Note that all and put it into practice, as the Lord tells us: “If you don’t watch, I will come to you as a thief, and you will not know at what time and I will surprise you”. (cf Rev. 3, 3b).

 

If you’re not hot nor cold, you’re lukewarm. And the Lord says: “I wish you were cold or hot. But, as you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out “(AP. 15b-16).God doesn’t want us to be cold, although it is preferable to that of being warm. But, thanks to God, the Lord makes us a wonderful promise: “The victor will sit with me in my throne, even as I have won and I sit with my Father in his throne”(Rev. 3-21). Think of these words, you are invited to sit on the throne with Jesus, therefore, become and get all tepidity out of your life. Fight as long as it takes. Make a good confession, win and will receive the award. Open your eyes, today, my child, because of the love of God, because on the one hand He is scolding us, but on the other, is also educating ourselves. Say to the Lord: “thank you, God, for your love, for you are educating me on this day. Thank You, Lord! “.

 

The coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ draws near. Today, we are one day closer to His coming. The longer we live, the more it comes close to us. The signs show us that the Lord’s coming; It is near of our generation. Either you or we will come to him.

The Hebrews did not eat with anyone. So, making a meal with someone means friendship and intimacy to them. Jesus invites us to sit at the table with him, because he’s coming for intimacy with us, and He is wanting us to do the same, i.e. to be close to him. Say, today, to the Lord: “I want you, my God, honestly,to  change my life. I want and need to be a winner, I want to sit with you in your throne. I’m going to sit with the Lord in his throne. “

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

 

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

Portuguese Version

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Dec 062016
 

Peace is not the fruit of accommodation or the absence of problems

The pursuit of the good leads to greater intimacy with God, for the friends of the Lord are men and women of peace.

Peace and fruit noble attitudes

Credits: Wesley Almeida / New Song

With this I do not mean that we will stop suffering, but God comes to our aid fulfilling what He Himself said in the Gospel: “Come to me all you who are weary because I am meek and humble of heart , my burden is easy and light “(Mt 11.28 to 30)

Allow yourself, through the decision, to do good, God brings peace to your heart, for it is the fruit of noble attitudes.

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

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Dec 052016
 

All of us carry in our hearts the desire for truth and to know God

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Of course there is in us the desire for truth and to know God, even when we’re not aware of it; for this reason, we are internally driven to seek this grace [the truth and knowledge of the Lord]. There are moments in our life where we feel the urge to do something and we don’t know what it is; for example, we have desire to eat something and don’t know what it is, and we’re looking for it. This is how we will translate this desire within us. But, deep down, what is behind the deep desire is to see Jesus, who is the “way, the truth and the Life”.

The Lord is wonderful, because He just does not leave us helpless. Continuously, we are assisted by the spirit of truth: “When however the spirit of truth comes, He will guide you to the full truth” (John 16:13).

Let us pray: Holy Spirit, rooted in truth, cultivate in us the love of this virtue.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago

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