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May 242017
 

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The spirit gives us the grace to our life to be shaped according to the life in Jesus

“When the spirit comes, he will demonstrate to the world what is sin, righteousness and judgment “ (John 16.8).

The disciples began to grieve, because Jesus was saying goodbye and saying he was returning to the father. The farewell discourse of Jesus is beautiful for our life, but, at the same time, it is also a testament, a legacy of the master. John brings it to us with many details. What Jesus says is the following: “If I don’t go, the spirit will not come to you”. Why will the spirit will come to us? First, to show the world what is sin, righteousness and judgment.

It is the spirit who shows us what is sin, and the sin of the world is not recognizing the Savior, the one who saves us and gives us the understanding to know  what is not the grace of God. The sin is not accepting Jesus, is not living the life in him. It’s not simply believing in him or not. We can believe, but not accept the life from him or not live in communion with him. The great sin that we can make is not to live life in Jesus.

The spirit gives us this wisdom, this discernment and grace so that our life is shaped according to the life in Jesus. The Spirit shows us what is justice, which is to be fair. Justice, first, is the welcome of God, his grace, the Envoy of the Lord, because the Father worried about us, moved all of Heaven to say: “I need to save my children”. He sent his own son to our midst, who became one of us, took our human nature, took all our weaknesses, died by us and for us. It is a great injustice  not to acknowledge the gift and the grace of God in our midst, by the name of Christ Jesus.

The spirit, coming to our rescue, will show us the trial, which is precisely this: Welcome life in God, receive his son Jesus.

You see, it’s not God who judges and condemns us, we make our choices. Each is free, has a mind of his/herown and, in freedom of choice, each knows how to pick what’s best for him or her.

Let us make good use of the freedom that we have to choose the good, the Kingdom of God and grace. The spirit that comes to our rescue, the Advocate, our lawyer  who gives us the necessary aid  to live in the grace of the father!

God bless you!

Fr Roger Araujo

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 Posted by at 01:01
May 232017
 

We all have need of inner healing.

Passos para a Cura InteriorIn my time in God I am convinced that one of the most important factors that we need to live in our lives is the process of inner healing.

When you walk this path of a deep inner healing, you discover the sources of the more significant ills afflicting us, and then we need to seek the means necessary for these evils can be definitely solved in our lives.

Yet I have learned with the legacy he left us of our beloved Father Rufus Pereira who repeatedly taught us that a spiritual healing does not happen before the person goes through a deep inner healing; because otherwise the person can continue in their compulsive habits of sin.

A very clear example is in the case of a drug addict, it will be very difficult to achieve his or her definitive cure unless he or she is healed inside of the causes that led to drug addiction.

Father Rufus also said: “the inner healing is a key type for total healing of the person. Similarly without inner healing, he cannot experience that physical healing that requires first this inner healing nor experience deliverance. “

So I thought it was important to highlight some steps that we can concretely take to begin our inner healing process.

An important thing is when we enter this inner healing process nothing can be undervalued or overlooked, everything should be taken very seriously, because it is from these facts that we’re going to make a life in full freedom!

Three steps can be listed to begin our path to inner healing:

The first step is to recognize that there is a need for inner healing, and find out in which area of your life that this cure need to happen. This is the moment of the diagnosis. It is necessary that the person if notice, observe your life, look for other people to help – there count on the main help for this diagnosis that is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

And you might wonder: How to find out the problem that I have?

The answer, found in medicine itself, on what we see in doctors ‘ offices.

Our first attitude is stop and examine all the symptoms that we bring that may be connected to what we believe to be our problem. It is important that the physical and emotional symptoms are also examined. It is necessary to determine symptoms: fatigue, sadness, envy, jealousy, anger, despair, anguish, and so on, because these symptoms make it easier to identify the problem.

Care is needed with the diagnosis through the knowledge of all the symptoms.

The second step is to remove the locks to inner healing. To achieve a cure requires a correct diagnosis of the emotional symptoms related in the first step.

Father Rufus helps us saying, his experience indicates that there are four major emotional symptoms in which we need to go deeper and understand by which of these emotional symptoms are emerging physical symptoms or even emotional diagnosis of the first step.

They are:

-Feeling of Rejection: Usually it happens in our relationships with other people, being more pronounced when these people are very close or have some kind of blood bond with us.
Rejection happens when we feel that we are not loved or respected for as important and by those we love. That doesn’t mean that in fact these people don’t love us or lack respect, but we feel like this, we don’t feel that love.

We wanted these people who are so dear to us we look at us differently, to have other attitudes with us; We wanted to actually feel a little bit of love on the part of these people.

We should not blame anyone for this, it is very important within our healing process.

-Feeling of inferiority: This feeling is about the relationship with ourselves. Usually when we live the process of comparisons. Comparisons with the brothers, with classmates or even with other people. “You’re not as smart as your brother”, “you’re too slow, I’m going to have someone else do it…” or words like: “you’re stupid, you’re unable to do that.”

With this we start seeing ourselves in a manner in which we feel less than other people, a self-pity develops and can bring you to feeling of hatreds against yourself, and end in the extreme in self-destruction.

-Feeling of guilt: This feeling usually rises when we made many mistakes and we felt that because of these mistakes God will not forgive us or love us. The feeling of guilt is a terrible thing! It’s something that if we don’t take care it can lead to severe consequences, I met people who had the desire to kill themselves because they feel guilty for something and cannot  not forgive themselves. The guilt can easily lead a person to deep depression.

The Bible teaches us that: “If your sins are like Scarlet red, they will be as white as snow” (1.18)

In Jeremiah is said: “I have Already forgiven your sins, your SIN I will never remember.(Jr 31, 34)

And yet St. Paul tells us: “in Christ Jesus there is no more condemnation.(Rm 8, 1-2)

-Feeling of Fear: Does not concern the common fears from adverse situations happens to us. But says fears without a certain logic, without reason, as for example, the fear of the dark, fear of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, afraid to be in the middle of a crowd, fear of solitude, fear even to breathe because of bacteria in the air.

And as this fear arrives in our life? Generally by what we hear from other people, and then we started having these fears. We listen to certain things, certain subjects, and that they come into our mind with a force that we can’t control.

That’s why the Bible repeats more than 360 times: “be not afraid. Fear nothing. “

These are the four main areas in the need of inner healing. So it is necessary to pray to the Holy Spirit for light illuminating the dark areas of our life so we can identify the cause of the problems that we carry today.

And arrived exactly on the third step is prayer: After we identified the symptoms and discerned where are they are showing up, it’s time to pray and ask God for our healing, for the healing of our history. It is necessary to allow God through the Spirit to act freely in us to heal us.

In short: We need to diagnose the realities which surround us, feelings and emotions, our physical sensations, we carefully make a clarification if these symptoms are linked to the feeling of Rejection, to the feeling of Fear, feelings of Inferiority or feeling of Guilt.

Identifying the source of these symptoms it is the time to pray! Pray in the light of the Holy Spirit so that He can visit these areas of our lives and Heal us and release us.
It is important to say that it is not something simple, and that is not done only once. This process is sometimes a hard process that requires hard work and dedication.

We already have a good material to begin our walk towards our inner healing. Let’s not forget that this requires much effort and desire. God will do nothing will unless we do the minimum that falls to each one of us!

I hope you can share the results of your search.

Pray also for me and for all that the Lord wants for me ok?

God bless you!

Portuguese version

 Posted by at 01:01
May 222017
 

Learn about the risks of increasing exposure of children and adolescents to media devices

All the extremes tend to hurt anyone who adopts such habits, as the excess or lack of food and water, speeding. With the evolution of technology and the ease of access to it, a new question arises: “What is the risk of  increased exposure to media devices?” Tablets, notebooks, TVs, mobile phones … All such devices are part of our lives, but they can and must be better used for our families.

Children have ease of adaptation and learning; in fact, they interact more rapidly with technology because, often, they see  adults making use of such equipment and they learn by observation.

O-uso-da-tecnologia-por-crianças-e-adolescentes-e-seus-riscosPhoto: Yamin/cancaonova.com

Scientific surveys show an increased risk of emotional and neurological problems facing the use of more than 4 hours per day of these technologies; and the lower the age, the less time is indicated for the use of them. What we found, however, is a very different reality.

What are the risks involved? Such research shows that the main losses are: feeling of loneliness, depression, obesity, anxiety, low self-esteem and increased aggressiveness. The research from several renowned universities, indicate that most of the teenagers who tend to spend a lot of time connected feel dismay, sadness or depression at least once a week. That feeling of emptiness can be potentiated in a house where everyone, when possible, are “connected and isolated in their world”.

All, at home, are with their cell phones, tablets and computers, often in the same environment, but with zero interaction. There are no dinners and conversations at the table. Little talk. They don’t tell their life stories, don’t talk about what happened with them that week and things like that.

There is, then, a physical risk. Studies show that the brain overexposed to these technologies may have a deficit in its operation both in execution and attention, and can suffer from delays in learning, expressive anger, increased impulsivity, difficulty concentrating, among other symptoms. (Small 2008, Pagini 2010). Concentration and memory issues (without concentration is more complicated than that store data in our brain) occur because the brain takes shortcuts to the frontal cortex to deal with such rapidity of information. (Christakis 2004, Small 2008). So if a child has difficulty in concentration, he or she will also have difficulty learning. In this sense, we think that this is one of the causes of the increase of cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children, especially.

The path is not the prohibition of the use, but conscience of the appropriateness for each age group, noting that the attachment to the use of technology can lead to unnecessary losses. Care, love, social interaction, and other activities are part of our healthy development.

How has technology been used by you and your family? Think about it!

 Posted by at 01:01
May 192017
 

Saint Peter's Square from the dome

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The Twelve Apostles represent God’s new Israel: that is the reason why they are twelve, the successors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Saint John tells us about this reality in his Revelation: the Angel shows him “the New Jerusalem” coming down out of Heaven, which is an image that represents the Glory of the Church.

“Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God” (Revelation 21, 9-11).

It is important to notice the details in Saint John’s description of the Church:

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal: having a wall great and high; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: on the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Revelation 21, 10-14).

The “great and high wall” represents the majesty and fortification of the Church, in conformity with the way important cities of the past were surrounded and fortified by great walls. The “twelve gates” bearing the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, open to the four cardinal points, represent the universal catholic character of the Church: She embraces the whole of mankind. The “twelve foundations” bearing the name of the twelve Apostles represent the successors of the twelve tribes of Israel: they spread the Church up to all nations of the earth.

It is worth noticing that the Apostles elected one more Apostle to replace Judas Iscariots (Acts 1, 15-26), which completes the number of the Twelve Apostles. These Twelve went to many countries and spread the Good News all around: they chose successors and imposed their hands on their heads to transmit them the power Jesus Christ had bestowed on the Church. At present, they are our Bishops, more than 4,200 all around the world. God’s People spread all over the world among the whole of mankind. Through the Church, the Father accomplishes His plan: “to sum up all things in Christ” (The Letter to the Ephesians 1, 10).

The Catechism of the Church clearly defines this reality: “The Church, in Christ, is like a sacrament – a sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of unity among all men.” The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God. Because men’s communion with one another is rooted in that union with God, the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race. In her, this unity is already begun, since she gathers men “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues”; at the same time, the Church is the “sign and instrument” of the full realization of the unity yet to come (CCC # 775).

“As sacrament, the Church is Christ’s instrument. “She is taken up by him also as the instrument for the salvation of all,” “the universal sacrament of salvation,” by which Christ is “at once manifesting and actualizing the mystery of God’s love for men.” The Church “is the visible plan of God’s love for humanity,” because God desires “that the whole human race may become one People of God, form one Body of Christ, and be built up into one temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC # 776).

Prof 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

 Posted by at 01:01
May 182017
 

Our essence is love

Monsenhor Jonas Abib celebra Missa no segundo dia do Tríduo em preparação para a Festa da Exaltação da Santa Cruz.Anger is the feeling of irritation, anger, widespread resentment in some role or situation. Even though this feeling arises in front of things gone wrong, the Lord wants to convince us that the human remedy we use is not efficient. Yell at the child, cursing, beating, react with anger doesn’t solve anything.

God teaches us that the only solution is love. Sometimes, you are required to correct and punish, but nothing that can be done under the influence of anger. You can have every reason to speak firmly with your spouse in order to fix it, but know that the solution does not come through the ire, which is not of God. The solution is love! That is our essence.

The Holy Spirit is who sows the love in us. Parents and children need to use that holy sentiment that has been sown our  heart. We need to end our ill will in the home, which is sometimes justified by tiredness. Love overcomes everything, even fatigue. God has already sown in us “goodwill”, and it must be used also in difficult times.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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 Posted by at 01:01
May 172017
 

ChildrensofFatima (croped)

That, like San Francisco and Santa Jacinta Marto, we may reach the holiness in our life one day

Friends in heaven are important because they are the remedy to healing in this lifetime that, sometimes, is demanding and so hard.

Thanks to God, the Church grants us a lot of Saints, of which we can say: “are our friends from Heave”. This past week, Heaven won two more little ones, but large in Holiness, friends of heaven!

That, following the example of this brother and sister, Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, to whom our Lady of Fatima appeared, we can ask her intercession, so that, with them we may achieve Holiness in our lives one day.

Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, pray for us!

A Hug from your brother,
Shahir Rahemane

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