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Sep 292016
 

That do not feed on us the feeling of revenge, because he just destroys our soul and existence

Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them? “ (Luke 9.54).

The questioning of the brothers James and John came about, because Jesus, was going up to Judea, to Jerusalem, and they passed through the territory of the Samaritans. Since the Samaritans did not have good relations with the Jews, they saw that Jesus was going in that direction and turned their backs on him, they didn’t take in him or his disciples.

In the heart of James and John came from the twisted feeling of revenge: “Send down fire to destroy them”. Jesus rebukes their attitude: “No! It’s not because we’re not welcomed that we reciprocate in the same way. It’s not because we are not loved, we reciprocate with hatred. It’s not because the other hurt us, that we will also reciprocate with evil in the same way “.

In Evangelical thought, in the heart of every one of us, conquered by the blood of Jesus, there can be no room for revenge, because it just dulls our heart, we strip the best feelings of the soul, the body and the spirit!

I know that there are situations where we feel angry, disgusted, we are provoked, and can be wanting to plan to do evil against those who did us the wrong . But there’s that mental revenge, in the heart, there is that feeling that we often have to look at the time for bad to happen against that person.

Let me just tell you: just as Jesus rebuked the feeling of those two disciples, James and John, he wants to berate the feelings of our heart.

Let us not allow to grow in us any feelings of bitterness, resentment, revenge against whoever. God doesn’t want us avenging not even one who may have hindered us to evangelize, to do this or that, because there is something more diabolical than the ability of someone to avenge evil received.

I know that many situations hurt the heart, there is within us a sense of Justice. Justice is justice, but revenge is something else.

Do not feed on us this terrible feeling, because it only destroys our soul and our existence.

God bless you!

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Sep 282016
 

ENTRANCE OF MONSIGNOR PIZZABALLA INTO JERUSALEM
A festive crowd welcomed the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate Pierbattista Pizzaballa. On Wednesday September 21, he made his solemn entry into the city.

THE POPE AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS PRAY IN ASSISI FOR PEACE
Pope Francis meets with religious leaders from around the world to pray for peace in Assisi. He also met with some Syrian refugees.

SAINT MOTHER THERESA AND THE AFFECTION OF THE HOLY LAND
A thanksgiving mass for the canonization of Mother Teresa took place in Jerusalem. Among those present, Sister Joan, missionary friend of the saint.

MECP 2016, FACE TO FACE WITH THE MIDDLE EAST
The second edition of the project promoted by the NGO ATS Middle East Community Program, that led ten Italians into a journey of discovery and deeper study of Israel and Palestine.

THE FIRST FESTIVAL FOR CULTURAL TOURISM BEGINS IN BETHLEHEM
Starting September 14, the city of the Nativity has a new engagement. Event spotlights: theater, music, crafts and traditions.

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Sep 262016
 

Careful not to give ear to what doesn’t build up

Deacon Nelson Correa, on Wednesday morning, day 22 June 2016, the program ‘ smiling at life, meditating on the power of words. We have listened to the gossip and slander? What we also have spoken of the people?

The meditated Word is :

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22New International Version (NIV)

21 Do not pay attention to every word people say,
    or you may hear your servant cursing you—
22 for you know in your heart
    that many times you yourself have cursed others.

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Não dê ouvidos as palavras que não te edifica

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“Who said it? What’s the source? “

A journalist, has a “mole”,  a reliable source. Have you heard the “source? People are living at the mercy of good or bad news.

As we have “professionals” who work for evil, that help to sow disorder and throw words on the air. How many are experts in taking those words and making gossip.

Three words that we must banish from our lives: told, spoke and said. We listen to certain kinds of gossip and we were wondering “what did they say? Why did they say it? “. This is the order to us: don’t come into the middle of gossip!

Choose the option for silence. There are people that are experts at talking and leaving behind the “seed of uneasiness”. And there are those who are experts in twisting the words we speak. If we’re paying attention to the words of the people, they are going to “twist” the words.

The Pope tells us not to judge. Often, we talk about things through deduction. And by deduction we can make mistakes too, because God sees the heart. We’re judging, criticizing and transforming into being specialists in criticism.

When listening to these things, it all becomes a process: we listen, we get angry and talk, often in the form of judgement. There is no one who has not spoken ill of another, however it is possible to avoid confusion.

There are so many things behind the people’s lives, so don’t judge. If a couple takes “the hot iron” in everything they talk to each other, they will be disputing every day.

Take life lightly. Over time, we remember the things that happen and we end up laughing.

Sometimes, the word that we hear is so bad that we should renounce it. The contaminated word enters us with an order: “be sad. Be angry. Fight, argue, get satisfaction “.Renounce the order that infects the heart.

Whenever we can, renew our promises of baptism, because it helps us to rid ourselves of evil.That God may take from our ears the hard words we hear. Let us ask God to inspire us, ask if what we hear or talk about is of him or comes from him.

Deacon Nelsinho Correa
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese version

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Sep 232016
 

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Jesus Christ founded the Church to give Salvation to mankind through the knowledge of the truth: “you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth” (The First Letter to Timothy 3, 15). This is the reason why the Lord guaranteed Her infallibility in issues concerning the salvation of Her people, and exclusively in terms of salvation issues: in other words, the infallibility of the Church exclusively applies to doctrinal principles of faith and morals. Therefore, the message of the Gospel is not left unprotected against human manipulation, for its contents have been systematically attacked all through the centuries.

We can affirm that the Divine Revelation would have been useless without the guarantee of infallibility of the Ministry of the Church (the Pope and Bishops), because God’s Message would be distorted along the centuries and would come to us deprived of its power of salvation.

During the ceremony of presentation of the new Catechism to the people, Pope John Paul II affirmed:

“The Lord entrusted to His Church the mission of keeping the depositary of faith and She has accomplished Her Mission all through tides of times” (Fidei Depositum, Introduction).

Therefore, that is the holy mission the Lord gave to His Church: to keep untouched the depositary of faith. The Church has always done and still does that. To accomplish Her Mission, the Church created the “Holy Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith” with the responsibility of keeping the purity of the doctrine in the whole of the Catholic World. Unfortunately, this Holy Congregation is often criticized inside and outside the Church, despite its ultimate importance to the Church and to our salvation. It is especially criticized every time it is obliged to call admonish those theologians that divert from the doctrine of the Church. The Holy Spirit all through the two-thousand-year journey of the Church has confirmed this doctrine. It is worth noticing that the Pope unconditionally relies on this Congregation in matters of doctrine. During the General Assembly of the Holy Congregation on November 24, 1995, the Pope addressed its members with these words: “Your work, in many aspects difficult and demanding, is of fundamental importance to Christian life. In fact, the goal of your work is to promote the integrity and purity of faith, which are essential conditions to guarantee that men and women of modern times may find the light that leads to the pathways of salvation” [LR, # 50, 16/12/95, page 14(614)].

The mission of the Church it to allow “the truth of the Gospel to shine bright”, affirmed the Pope.

“Pope John XXII had entrusted to the Council, as its main goal, the task of preserving and presenting the precious depositary of Christian faith in the best way possible…” (FD, Introduction).

The major concern of the Church has always been keeping faithful to the Lord and preserve His legacy intact, the “depositum fidei” (the depositary of faith) or, in the words of Saint Paul to Timothy and Titus, the “health doctrine”.

 

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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Sep 222016
 

We should not be ashamed of ourselves, because we are the work of God, with qualities and defects; above all, we are loved by him.

The word we will look at is Psalm 130.1 -8

“Out of the depths I cry to you, o Lord. Lord, listen to my voice;your ears are attentive to the voice of my supplications. If you, Lord, observe our iniquities, o Lord, who shall stand? But with you is forgiveness, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord; my soul waits, and I hope in your Word. My soul longs for you, more than the sentinels in the morning, more than those who guard the morning. Wait on the Lord, Israel because in the Lord there is mercy, and in him there is plentiful redemption. And he “for will redeem the Israel from all his iniquities.”

Deus não dúvida de você, Ele conta contigo

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 How many times, in moments of our life, we have to wait for a word from whom we love, it may be a word of forgiveness, love and encouragement. With these words, we feel good, loved and welcomed, they move our hearts.

“I look forward to the Lord; my soul waits, and I hope in your Word. “

So, when we say that our soul waits in the Lord, it is because a word from Him helps up to stand, it re-energizes us. The psalmist says he expects more even than the sentinels awaiting the dawn, this is a word of God that changes our whole life.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, o Lord.”

When we keep the Lord, looking forward, we hope in the light, in the strength that comes from God, a force that liberates and redeems us. The Psalm says that from the depths we cry out to the Lord, for it is an abyss, where we are and where only God can get us.

When we allow the sin come into our life, increasingly we sink in that well. Sin means to miss the mark, fail, because nobody celebrates his own failure. The temptation is to use this weight of shame to sink more and more, for he who walks into a life of sin has a heavy heart of guilt and shame.

So we can get out of this well, there’s only one way: even though we’re in the hole, claiming the God.Maybe that’s what we need to do today, we return to God with all our heart, and the abyss, clamoring for his infinite mercy.

So that we can understand, we must see that guilt and shame are different feelings. Guilt is an uncomfortable feeling, that exists within us when we do some bad; even subconsciously, deep down we feel guilty. Already the shame is what we feel when we realize we’re not corresponding to our true essence.

God created us and tells us to fulfill a role in the building of his Kingdom. When we allow shame to dwell in us, we feel ashamed of our family, our way of being, whether internal or external, we feel ashamed of ourselves and so we feel ashamed of the work of God, his creation.

The Lord calls us to not to embarrass, not to focus on our limitations, not to compare one to another, because we have our gifts as well as our brother and sister have theirs. We must cherish and be proud of the gifts we have, because if you notice the gift of our brother and we forget our own, we feed another bad feeling: jealousy.

The Lord allows us to feel guilt, so we can check out our troubled and we can repair the damage done. Guilt has this utility, it is suffering, because we are important and loved, so we must recognize our value.

Finally, I can assure you one thing: If, today, you think nobody is counting on you, I tell you that God is counting on you, exactly who you are, because we have to bloom where He planted us, for the Lord does not doubt us.

Marcio Mendes
New song Community mission

Portuguese Transcription and adaptation: Lucas Mendes

Portuguese version 

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Sep 212016
 

To save souls, we must reveal the truths of the Bible

In addition to ousting Satan and his angels, God destroys sin and all the filth of this world.

People get scared when the truths of the Bible are revealed to them. They seek justifications and excuses for their little faith. But our God is not a God of apology; He is the one who will fulfill His promises. That’s what we are waiting for him, so we continue.

Nao podemos deixar de revelar as verdades da biblia

Credits: Wesley Almeida/Canção Nova

I preach hope and life, but I can only say that Sacred Scripture also says that God will destroy all sin.

We can’t stop working until we get all the people to Jesus. We spend our life, we, we invest it, because we believe in a new humanity, and this is true of the Bible, the doctrine of the Church.

 

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

Portuguese version

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