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Aug 262016
 

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The Church has had to face heresies since the first periods of Christian history: these heresies put the faith and the legacy of Jesus Christ in great danger.
The first centuries of Christian faith witnessed the dualistic Gnosticism that affirmed that matter is the work of evil and therefore Jesus could never have assumed a material human body. Therefore it denied Incarnation and the salvation of mankind through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Gnosticism affirmed that the Incarnation of God’s Word had only been an illusion. That heresy was born in Persia and was combated by the Apostles themselves (see The Letter to the Colossians 2, 9; The First letter of John 4,2; The Second Letter of John 7) and mainly by Saint Irenaeus (dead 202 A.D.). That may have been the worst heresy of all times.
During the II and III Centuries monarchical heresies like the adoptionism and subordinationism tried to deny the Holy Trinity: they did not accept the idea that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were three distinct entities. They defended the idea that The Son and the Holy Ghost were mere manifestations of the Father Himself, subordinate to the Father and they were not at all Two Entities, equally Divine but distinct from the Father in One Only Trinity.
After those Trinitarian Heresies the Church witnessed a series of Christological Heresies:
1. Aryanism. Arias from Alexandria (dead on 334 A.D.) affirmed that Christ was just one more creature of the Father; the greatest of all creatures, from whom the Father had created all other creatures. This heresy was combated by Saint Athanasius and condemned during the First Council of the Church in Nicene (325 A.D.). The Council of Nicene taught that Jesus is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, generated, not created and co-substantial with the Father.”
2. Apolinarianism. Apolinarius (300-390 A.D.), Bishop of Laodicea, defended that Christ did not have a human soul; He was God and therefore His human nature was subverted. Two Popes, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 A.D.) and Saint Gregory of Nissa (dead on 394 A.D.), combated this idea and defended the principle that “those who are not taken by the Verb are not redeemed.”
3. Macedonism. Macedonius, Bishop of Constantinople, defended that the Holy Spirit was not God and that the Spirit was a mere creature of the Father. This heresy was condemned in the II Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.) that established that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person.

“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord Who grants life and comes from the Father and the Son; and with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified” (Symbol Nicene-Constantinople).

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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Aug 252016
 

The 17th Eucharistic Congress, which ended Sunday is a landmark of a new era of hope for Amazon and Brazil, says Cardinal

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The Archbishop of Aparecida (SP), Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno, presided over the Mass Sunday Morning, August 21, the last day of the 17th National Eucharistic Congress, held in Belém in the Brazilian state of Pará.

Cardinal Damasceno stressed the challenges of announcement of Jesus Christ in these times, faced with “opposing forces” to the Gospel. Many Christians, he said, suffer because of persecution based on religious intolerance, more than in the first Christian era.

The cardinal also condemned the “materialistic society” which suffers a crisis of hope and emptiness.However, he said that the problems of mankind should encourage Christians to build a new era, to be merciful, believing that the Eucharist awakens in man the meaning of life.

Marian feast

The day the church celebrates the solemnity of the assumption of Mary, in Bethlehem, the mother of Jesus is revered with the title of our Lady of Nazareth. “Several names that say the same person, who was the chosen of the father to express the immensity of God’s love for humanity,” explained Cardinal Damasceno.

“To celebrate assumption of our Lady we want to enroll in the school of Mary. As stated in the Encyclical Ecclesia Eucharistiathe Church joins entirely to Christ in his sacrifice with the same spirit of Mary. This truth can be found in a thorough re-reading the Magnificent, in an Eucharistic perspective. In fact, as the song of Mary, the Eucharist is  praise, it’s alsoThanksgiving, when she exclaims: ‘ my soul magnifies the glory of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior. “

End of the Conference: commitment to the needy

On this day in which ends the 17th National Eucharistic Congress, Cardinal Damasceno pointed out that you can’t forget the Pope’s appeals to this Holy Year of mercy.

“Let us not forget, warns the Pope Francis, that in the twilight of this life we will be examined by love. We pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, always the day when we celebrate her assumption to Heaven, to help us to be renewed with the strength of the Eucharist,to be true disciples, missionaries engaged in carrying out the work of evangelization our country so requires. “

For the Archbishop of Aparecida, the 17th Congress, which ended Sunday is a landmark of the inaugural of a new era of hope for Amazon and for all Brazil.

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Aug 242016
 

On the third day of the National Eucharistic Congress, the Cardinal of Sao Paulo, highlighted the role of lay people in society

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Mass with the Cardinal of Sao Paulo, Dom Odilo Pedro Scherer, during the National Eucharistic Congress/photo: Play TV Nazaré

On the third day of the National Eucharistic Congress, held in Belém , Paraná, one of the masses was presided over by the Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer.

During his homily, the Cardinal made a reflection on the Eucharist and highlighted the role of laypeople in church.

Cardinal Odilo recalled the words of Saint John Paul II “the Eucharist makes the Church and the Church makes the Eucharist”, and explained that this sacrament is a mystery of faith which is connected to the mystery of the Church. In the celebration of the Eucharist, the faithful gather around of him who is the Foundation of the Church: Jesus Christ, he speaks and the faithful they instruct.

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DOM Odilo presided over the Eucharistic Celebration/photo: Leonardo Monteiro

To start the reflection on the laity, the Cardinal pointed out that the Church is composed of all the baptized and disciples of Jesus missionaries, graced by the gift of faith. “The Church is the people of God”. The laity are those who in every place of common life take the testimony of Jesus Christ and in the Church, therefore, playinf an important role, he said; recalling that the laity are sent to be the salt of the Earth.

“They are also called to be a missionary force, giving testimony of handing on the faith, of the charity of God.” He argues that the celebration of the Eucharist is the time when we are in Christ and we received the grace of testimony.

Lay people in the Church

About the Gospel (MAT 16, 15) “Jesus said to them: ‘ and who, do you say that I am”? Cardinal Odilo pointed out that today too there are many answers to this question, but that this question is put to all and requires conviction of every Christian to answer it.

The Cardinal of Sao Paulo was keen to emphasize that the church relies on lay people, both in the work of parish communities as witnesses of Christ in the middle of society. He argues that the Church’s evangelizing work cannot depend on just a few. “Sometimes the testimony does not need words, but the works”.

The Mission of the lay faithful is grandiose and difficult, said Cardinal Odilo, and so requires spiritual vigor. But he emphasized that it is possible, as this force comes from Union with Christ and with the Church.

For him, without the Mission of the lay faithful the Church’s mission is reduced to four walls, and that’s all that the Church does not need. He recalls that Pope Francisco has insisted on a “Church of outside”

Finally, he directed to all who are not afraid to be Catholics in the midst of society. “Be vigilant and docile to the Holy Spirit and to the shepherds”.

When complete, Cardinal Odilo thanked and encouraged lay people of the Amazon region, saying they are a great missionary force present often in places where there is no ordained Ministers. “In the Eucharist, Christ strengthens us and sends us”.

Congresso Eucarístico Nacional / Foto: Reprodução TV Nazaré

National Eucharistic Congress/Photo: TV Nazaré

Congress

The Brazilian National Eucharistic Congress ran from Monday August 15, until Sunday August, 21. The goal of the event is to make visible to the whole country the strength of the Eucharist and missionary activity in the Amazon.

With the theme “Eucharist and Sharing in the Amazon Missionary”, the event takes place in the year of the fourth centenary of the beginning of evangelization in the Amazon and the founding of the city of Santa Maria de Belém do Grão Pará.

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Aug 232016
 

Through the Eucharist we are fed, healed and sent.

Jesus Christ the Savior, the master, Lord, presented humanity with the gift of His life. He instituted at the last supper, the Eucharist and the commandment of love (cf. Jn -20 13.1).

The Eucharist to the Church is everything, because that is what set off all the graces we need.Through the Eucharist we are healed and sent. And how are we healed? We’ve heard or read in the Gospel: “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof. Say the Word, and my servant will be healed “(Mt 8.8).

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Being saved and being healed are synonymous in Scripture; the Lord brought forth healing, salvation in life that He created. At every Mass we often proclaim these words of the Centurion “I’m not worthy”. In fact, we are not worthy, but healing, Salvation, grace of God are gifts that He, in his benevolence, grants us.

When we say that the Eucharist is the source of healing, this means that the Lord Jesus, through this sacrament, can and performs the cures we need, restores us our spiritual health and, consequently, our physical strength is also invigorated. If we need healing, it’s because we’re sick, sick; and the one who is ill need nourishment. Typically, this is the case when you’re sick: we need to food to be cured. The bread from heaven, the Eucharist, that’s the food that makes us stronger and heals us.

The Holy Mass is also known as the Holy sacrifice of the Blood of the Lord. “If, as often as his blood is poured out, it is poured for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so that it may always forgive my sins. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy.(CCC 1393).

The importance of forgiveness in inner healing

The Eucharist is food, medicine, healing, forgiveness of venial sins, but does not erase the deadly sins. One who committed grievous sin needs the sacrament of confession. Let’s enjoy this blessing!If you, a long time ago, found yourself far from God, with many physical and spiritual diseases, come back to Him; make a good confession. If you don’t have catechesis, seek it out; that way, you will encounter more deeply the Eucharist, this great treasure, this remedy. Certainly  your life will be better.

“The Eucharist is properly the sacrament of those who are in full communion with the Church.” (CIC 1395), seek communion with the Church, seek a Holy life.

The Eucharist is medicine for the sick and for the sinner. We always need healing, we need always to be fed. When we are United to Christ in the Eucharist, for sure we have the spiritual force to go on, we have hope. Even those who, for some reason, cannot receive Communion, join the Lord in my heart in Eucharistic adoration, pray with fervor and love, because also in worship we receive many graces. In fact, we received blessings of Lord through communion and Eucharistic adoration, but what we have received is to be transmitted and donated to others. We receive the cure not only to “look good”, we are blessed to be a blessing to each other, we are healed to be healing for another.

Father Marcio

Father Márcio del Prado, born in São José dos Campos (São Paulo), is a priest in the community Cançao Nova. Ordained on 20 December 2009, whose priestly motto is “Do ye to them” (Mt 7.12), Father Márcio attended Philosophy in the Cançao Nova Institute, in Cachoeira Paulista;and theology at Mater Dei Institute, in Palmas Tocantins. Twitter: @padremarciocn

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Aug 222016
 

revista_eto001In Brazil, we are inundated with the Olympic medals, with the best athletes in the world, with those who renounce a lifetime for a medal, whether it be gold, silver or bronze. It’s very pretty to look at, it powerful to read the emotion of those who had the opportunity to win, and I congratulate each one, because they have an austere life and deserve the title. But, at the same time, I wonder: How about us Christians, are we fighting to achieve our victory, which is Heaven? Do we seek, through living a good life, for our incorruptible Crown, which is Heaven?

St Paul already teaches us that we must run and strive to reach our goal, which is eternal salvation. So today, I want to invite you to make this personal reflection: how is your life? Ask yourself: “Have I done my best to make my goal?”

I’m reflecting on my conduct, because I want to get into heaven. And you?

In prayer for you,
ETO

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