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Qual o verdadeiro significado do escapulárioUnderstand why we should use the scapular and its meaning for the Church

Many people use the scapular for fad or simply because others use it, but what is the true meaning of it?

Many people use the scapular or other objects of devotion without knowing its true meaning, even worse when using it as an amulet, something magical, “lucky”, which frees one from “evil eye” or something similar.

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As if the true sense didn’t come from the heart of one who wears such object, which, knowing their true meaning, uses it to flag something that is in your heart, in your faith, in his purposes and his conversion. Many use crosses, small medals, rosaries and various scapulars of our Lady of Mount Carmel as a fad, because everyone else is using or that artist used in the novel.

But what is the real meaning of the scapular.

The scapular or bentinho do Carmo is an outward sign of Marian devotion, which consists in consecration to Blessed Virgin Mary, through the inscription in the Carmelite Order, in the hope of your motherly protection. The scapular of Mount Carmel is a sacramental. In the words of Vatican II, “a sacred sign, according to the model of the sacraments, through which means above all spiritual effects, obtained through the intercession of the Church”. (60 SC)

“The devotion of the scapular of Mount Carmel did descend on copious rain of grace world spiritual and temporal”. (Pius XII, 8/6/50).

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The devotion to the scapular of our Lady of Mount Carmel began with the vision of St. Simon Stock. According to tradition, the order of Mount Carmel was going through a rough patch between 1230-1250. Newly arrival to Europe as Nomad, expelled by the Muslims of Mount Carmel, the order was going through a critical period. The Carmelite friars met strong resistance from other religious orders for its insertion. They were harassed and even lampooned for their way of dressing. The future of the Carmelites was directed by Simon Stock, man of faith and great devotee of our Lady.

The scapular was an apron used by monks during the work to keep the robe from dirt. Placed over the shoulder blades (shoulders), the scapular is a piece of the habit that even today all carmelites use. Over time, a reduced scapular was given to the lay faithful. In this way, those who wore it could participate in the spirituality of Carmel the great graces connected to it; among other privileges. In his Papal Bull called Sabbath, Pope John XXII States that those who wear the scapular are soon freed the pains of purgatory on Saturday following their death. The advantages of sabatino privilege were still given by the Sacred Congregation of indulgences, on 14 July 1908.

The scapular is made from two fabric squares together by Brown cords, having on one side the image of Our Lady of Mt Caremen, and the Heart of Jesus, or the coat of arms of the order of Carmel. It is a miniature of the Carmelite habit, so it’s a form of clothing. Whoever wears the scapular becomes part of the Carmelite Family and devotes himself to our Lady. Thus, the scapular is a visible sign of our alliance with Mary.

Commitments to those using the scapular

It is important to highlight some attitudes that must be assumed by who is this sign mariano:

• Put God first in your life and always seek to accomplish his will.
• Listen to the word of God in the Bible and practice it in your life.
• Seek communion with God through prayer, which is an intimate dialogue that we have with the one who loves us.
• Be Open to suffering of the neighbor, commiserating with him in his needs, seeking to solutions to them.
• Participate with frequency the sacraments of the Church, the Eucharist and confession, in order to deepen the mystery of Christ in your life.

I was vested with the scapular, on 16 July 1996, when I was in the novitiate of the Canção Nova. That day, I consecrated my affectivity and sexuality in the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to be able to always put forte the effort and openness of my heart to be worthy to receive the graces of this Holy devotion.

Reference: Carmelite Province

Father Luizinho

a native of Feira de Santana (Bahia) Brazil is a priest in the Canção Nova community. Ordained on December 22 2000, whose priestly motto is “I can do All in Him who gives me strength.” Twitter:http://@peluizinho

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Aug 302016

nota-de-falecimento_tiago_antunes_souza_comunidade_cancao_novaCatholicismanew is the English language blog published by Canção Nova, a Catholic Community with full Pontifical Recognition whose charism is preaching the word through the modern means of communication. It is based in Brazil with mission houses in various parts of the world and has consecrated laity and ordained deacons and priests as part of this community.

Last Sunday, was the ordination of eight priests at the center of the community in Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. Yesterday, when a group of priests and seminarians were on their way to a first mass in the state of Rio De Janeiro Brazil, the van they were riding in tipped over.

Some of the priests and seminarians in the vehicle suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious. One seminarian died.

Please remember those priests and seminarians in your prayers as well as the soul of:

Seminarian Tiago Antunes Souza one month short of his 28th birthday who died in that accident.


Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

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Aug 302016

Saint Peter's Square from the dome v2.jpgIn the Pastoral Letters that Saint Paul wrote to Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, consecrated as Bishops by Saint Paul himself, one can notice the great concern of the Apostle with the Doctrine, so that it would never be corrupted by oral and written retransmission along the centuries. The following excerpts of these letters clearly demonstrate the Apostle’s great concern with the preservation of the purity of the Doctrine.

“I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to Macedonia, that you stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to teach false doctrines” (The First Letter to Timothy 1, 3).

“If you will give these instructions to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching you have followed. Avoid profane and silly myths” (The First Letter to Timothy 4, 6).

“Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain” (The First Letter to Timothy 6, 3-5).

“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge. By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith. Grace be with all of you” (The First Letter to Timothy 6, 20-21).

“Guard this rich trust with the help of the holy Spirit that dwells within us” (The Second Letter to Timothy 1, 14).

“For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths” (The Second Letter to Timothy 4, 3-4).

Saint Paul recommends the same zeal for the Doctrine to Saint Titus. Talking about the qualities a Bishop should have, he affirms that:

“For a bishop as God’s steward must be blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy for sordid gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as taught so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents” (The Letter to Titus 1, 7-9).

“This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these points, that those who have believed in God be careful to devote themselves to good works; these are excellent and beneficial to others. Avoid foolish arguments, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and futile. After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned” (The Letter to Titus 3, 8-11).

Moved by his great zeal for a healthy Doctrine, Saint Paul seriously and firmly exhorts the Galatians to cling to Jesus’ Gospel:

“I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by (the) grace (of Christ) for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!” (The Letter to the Galatians 1, 6-9).

The Church has held 21 Ecumenical (Universal) Councils all through Her long History. These Councils had one only goal: to preserve the “healthy Doctrine” intact. The Church has faced many difficult moments: many of Her children broke up with Catholic Unity because they did not accept the truth. Nevertheless, those were also moments of enlightenment in the historical evolution of the Church. Pope John Paul II referred to these Councils as blessed moments:

“The great Councils were moments of Grace for the Life of the universal Church…. They represent unmistakable landmarks to the universal Church.”

“These were moments of Grace, through which the Spirit of God poured plenty of Light over the fundamental Mysteries of Christian Faith” (L’ Osservatore Romano # 28, 13/07/96).


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 Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Aug 282016

Archbishop José Antônio Peruzzo disseminates post for the day of Sunday school teacher that will be celebrated on August 28


Dom PeruzzoThe Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Biblical support of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) released a message for catechists from all over the country, on the occasion of the day that recognizes them, 28 August, in the context of the recognitions also celebrated this month. The text is signed by the Archbishop of Curitiba Paraná, Brazil and President of the Commission, Archbishop José Antônio Peruzzo.

“On behalf of the Brazilian Bishops want to serve you on this date giving a word permeated with sincere affection and immense gratitude. . Although it is not possible to be sufficiently grateful to such dedication, with great simplicity, I offer a  grateful reflection”, wrote the Archbishop.

In the message, the catechists are invited to remember memory their vocation, reminding them of steps and challenges before the call to evangelize through catechesis.

“Your yes helped the Church to be Evangelizing; to be more Church. Your dedication to the role of Catechist (the) reminds us that the Lord Jesus wants to be known more for his love than by doctrine, “Archbishop Don Peruzzo catechists.

Dearest sister , dearest brother Catechist.

The ways of the Church in Brazil indicate the month of August with a noble particularity. The vocational theme receives strong accentuation: father’s [of a family] day, father [priest] day, religious day, day of the Catechist. Scheduled for August 28.

On behalf of the Brazilian Bishops I want to serve you on this date by giving a word permeated with sincere affection and immense gratitude. Although it is not possible to be sufficiently grateful to such dedication, with great simplicity, I offer a  grateful reflection.

I start by calling you to recall a personal experience very singular: remember when someone addressed the invitation to become a Catechist. Certainly it is present in your memory, sentences and context.Remember also your own reaction. Maybe concern, or doubt, or fear for not feeling no being able It’s even possible that you have touched on the concern for the lack of time …

Even so, although with so many objections, you accepted. I’m sure the reasons that moved to accept are still well present  … And the Holy Spirit was there: you moved, you stood, you were nervous. And behold, from your freedom and from your ability to love there was a movement of loving affection through you, by the community, by “your” students being catechized.

Today, having already passed much good time, maybe years, I offer you two very simple questions: did you give more or did you receive more? Did you learn more than you taught? It is true that discouragement sometimes presented itself; also signs of the cross became pronounced. But how much did you grow! How many signs of the proximity of God! How many experiences of faith. Catechesis is a path, a discipleship, a meeting that lasts through the years. But the Lord is never outdone in generosity. How grace!!!

Your yes helped the Church be Evangelizing; to be more Church. Your dedication to the roles of Catechist reminds  us that the Lord Jesus wants to be known more for his love than by doctrine. That is why the Brazilian episcopate thanks you, dear Catechist. And on this day, we praise the Lord for your Ministry. That God may multiply in you blessings and that blessing You are to our Church.
Archbishop Jose Antonio Peruzzo

Archbishop of Curitiba-PR
President of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Biblical-Catechetical Support of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops. 

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