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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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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

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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.

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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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Dec 042016
 

Ile-de-France students mass 2012-11-08 n35There has been a political religious controversy in the Catholic Church in the United States for decades and that is regard to Canon Law 1398  If you know the Canon law you know that it says that anyone who is involved in an abortion secures automatic excommunication. Now those who repent of that act, because of the action of the Pope and the Archbishop can be restored to communion provided they sincerely choose to never do it again and confess it in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The controversy comes in when people call for politicians who support abortion to be excommunicated as well. So they are calling for the bishops to tell each of these politicians that they cannot receive communion. You may or may not know that I do not agree with bishops doing that because I believe it sets them up for a trap. We saw that trap happen in a local diocese, not Boston.

The bishop of the diocese told a congressman in his district that he could not receive communion in a Catholic Church because of his stand on abortion. The congressman then went and told the media, the media went after the bishop. He ended up agreeing to be on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Matthews has a way of running the program that is more than gotcha journalism. (I have been on Hardball myself) So he put the bishop on the spot.

If we look at today’s gospel you can see the true issue which none of the politicians and reporters get and which not just bishops but priests and lay people need to address.

We see the pharisees coming to be baptized by John. John is the last prophet of the Old Testament, the last of the prophets speaking for God to proclaim the coming salvation and the kingdom of God. As we know, he preached a baptism of repentance, in other words those who came to be baptized by John were coming to change their life to be more faithful to Jewish Law and the way proclaimed by God.

The Pharisees come: notice John’s words: “He calls them a brood of vipers. Who told you to flee the coming wrath?” These are intense words spoken to powerful members of the community by a prophet.

Let’s look at the whole picture: Remember the coming wrath is the complete elimination of the Jewish state within forty years not to exist until 1948. The destruction of the temple, never to be rebuilt again to this day and the dispersion of the Jewish community throughout the world. The Pharisees are hard hearted and they are using the faith for their own personal gain. If we were to sum it up in a simple sentence, it would be in a reversal of the Our Father: May our will be done.

It is with this attitude, hard hearted, prideful, arrogant and unable recognize the truth of God in their midst that they suffer the wrath of John as they approach his baptism. The term brood of vipers literally is calling them children of the serpent, meaning children of evil. He has no kind words to say to them.

Now compare those words to one in which someone says they should not approach the baptism of John because of a rule on the books. It is a statement that they will ignore and just move on. John,, however, cites not the rule, but strikes to the heart.

He accuses them of approaching God on their own terms and not humbly as one should always approach God. Take Moses who is told to remove his shoes before he approaches the bush that appears to be burning but is not. He does immediately because he is humble of heart. Would the pharoah have done the same? A good question for reflection over dinner.

John  chastises the pharisees for approaching God filled with pride as if God served them and not the other way around.

This is what canon 1398 does not address, but what needs to be addressed in the heart of each and everyone of us as we approach the Eucharist. Are we coming humbly as we approach the Eucharist or do we approach Christ as a show or as a routine. One of the Catholic members of congress dismissed the recent revelations that fetal tissue from abortions was being sold as being nothing more than a distraction and has considered abortion a sacred right. You can tell such a person all you want about canon 1398, but the congressperson will choose to ignore the canon and march on.

However, when each of us understands just what we are approaching and humbly asks forgiveness as we do at the beginning of mass, or in the case of mortal sin in the sacrament of confession then we are not of the ilk that would be chastised by John but are welcome with open arms. We are walking to the Lord humbly realizing that we are God and He is not. We recognize like Moses that what we are approaching is so beyond us, we can only understand it with awe. We also open the door to become recipients of God’s overwhelming mercy and wisdom.

It does not take a bishop to teach this, but each and everyone of us can appreciate it in our lives and teach it to others, whether they be politicians or not.

Are we approaching the Eucharist humbly in awe of what we are about to receive? Or are we approaching the sacrament pridefully taking for granted this great gift, which we enact our own will.

Let us always ask ourselves this question whenever we come to mass, whether or not we serve in Congress.

God bless you,

Fr. Robert J Carr

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Quincy, MA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Carrbooks.us Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

 

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Dec 022016
 

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During the unforgettable moment of the Last Supper, the Lord reaffirmed for the third time, in a stronger way, the infallibility of His Church:

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you” (John 16, 12-15).

What a wondrous promise Jesus made to His Church!

“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to ALL truth.”

Jesus knew that at that momentous event of the Last Supper the Apostle had no psychological conditions of absorbing new information: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.” That clearly shows that Jesus did not teach everything to His Apostles, but He gave them His Holy Spirit to go on guiding them towards “all truth.”  As years and centuries went by, and thank to a great deal of prayers, meditation, Councils, trials and tribulation, the Holy Spirit slowly guided and still guides the Church towards the discovery of “all truth.” Not only a part of the truth, but THE WHOLE TRUTH.

Saint Vincent of Lerins (died 450 A.D.) affirmed that:

 

“It is necessary to grow, strive and thrive towards greater understanding, the science and wisdom of each and every one, not only individually but also the whole of the Church, as ages and centuries go by” (Communitorium).

We can clearly see that, in His last night before the Passion, at the solemn hour of His Farewell, Jesus guaranteed the infallible assistance of “the Spirit of Truth” to the Church, so that She could be always guided towards the truth and consequently be saved.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14, 16-18).

The great Saint Irinaeus (died 202 A.D.), who combated with zeal the heresies of his time, affirms us that:

The preaching of the Gospel is true and firm, and it is the only pathway of salvation to the world. In fact, God entrusted His Light to the Church, and therefore His “wisdom”, through which He saves men… The Church proclaims the truth everywhere: She is the “seven golden lamp stands” (Revelation 2,1) that carry Christ’s Light…it is important to shelter in the Church and seek for education in Her Ministry, nourished by the Scriptures of the Lord. For the Church was placed by God in this world like a Paradise” (Against the heresies, book V, Chapter 20).

 

My Catholic brother, be sure that Jesus could not have left a bigger treasure to His Church than His doctrine, “the depositary of faith”, with the guarantee that it would never be corrupted because of the Assistance of the Holy Spirit.

That is the reason why we can guarantee, in the Name of the Holy Spirit, that the Catechism of the Church, the documents of the Councils and the teachings of the Popes are the pure truth of God. That is the reason why the Apostle guarantees us that:

“… 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).

Good Catholics, faithful and truly believing Catholics, cannot doubt anything that the Catholic Church teaches. Those who disagree with the official teachings of the Church are disobedient children. Disagreeing with the Church in central matters of faith is equivalent to disagreeing with Jesus and mistrusting the infallible assistance of His Holy Spirit to His Church. Jesus promised that to His Apostles. May that terrible temptation stay far away from us!

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 012016
 

Advent, before Christmas, is the moment in which the faithful await the arrival of the Savior

“To everything there is a time for every thing there is a moment beneath the sky: love, time to hate; times of war and times of peace. “

Advent is a time of hope for creating in us a great expectations: expecting Jesus to come.This is the great sign of the first time of the liturgical year, the time of hope, the promise of peace.

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The moment before Christmas should be a time of preparation for Christians to live the joy promised. The expectation of recalling a historical fact, that updates every December, becoming a motivation for a decision: live the Season of Advent as an opportunity to repent of our sins and promote, through our attitudes, signs that characterize the time to love, to be fraternal and live the culture of peace.

What is the season of advent?

The season of advent is characteristic of the West, which could be understood as the coming of Jesus between the men and the coming of the end times: Jesus who comes to be beginning, middle and end. Hence, the Advent is characterized as wait and hope.It is this  Christian mysticism from the principle and the end in which we dive deep into the liturgy. As a bride adorns and prepares for arrival of the groom, the beloved, we too are called upon, at this time, to do the same.

What would be so that preparation?

The recognition of the embellishments that lacked during the past year. The garnish of forgiveness, of discernment, of joy, of humility, of reconciliation and of tireless work for little ones; the time of biblical reading, payment of tithing and many other ornaments that we approach the season of advent consciously the option that we did through Jesus Christ.

The Church, in his Holy wisdom, allows us an opportunity to conversion through the season of Advent. The four weeks that have passed since Christmas is the time of the renewal of the commitment to accept, definitively, the Savior Jesus who comes celebrating His birth.

Since the centuries IV and VII, advent is lived in various places in the world. It was a time with so much seriousness, that at the end of the 4th century in Gaul – France and Spain, it lasted six weeks with the tradition of fasting, prayer and abstinence. This preparation stretched until the feast of Epiphany. At the end of the 7th century, in Rome, its meaning was broadened, in order that the faithful remember the second coming of the Lord, thus constituting “a missionary character manifested in the Church for the proclamation of the Kingdom and its reception by the heart of man to the glorious manifestation of Christ”.

God is faithful to his promises: the Savior will come. Hence, the cheerful expectation that must be remembered and lived, because what we expect will happen, of course, updated. As a church we wait we cry out: “Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!”

Renew the hopes

The season of advent is a time of hope and renewal of all things, by the awareness of what we’re missing: the liberation of our miseries and weakness. It is time to recognize how we are of God and do not return to vomit or eternal condition sheep diverted.

Happy, because, in the midst of so many tribulations, we choose God as Savior. The advent wreath, only to understand who has access to the liturgy of the Church.

You, dear reader, are invited to allow yourself to be seduced by this time, the lighting of the candle, each week, the advent wreath with its colors interacting concretely with this liturgical moment. Let’s together, vigilant, full of hope, with the House decorated and the redeemed heart, wait for the Lord to come. So, we will live the riches of our Church, understanding the meaning of this time and their symbols: the advent wreath. Symbol, quietly expressing the hope and that invites us to the cheerful vigilance. In addition to the four candles, which, with their colors and lights, symbolizing the light that leads us to salvation in Christ. Let’s celebrate Christmas, happy for the time we brings us to this date.

Judinara Braz

Company Administrator with specialization in Marketing.
Psychologist specializing in behavior analysis.
Author of the book “Sala de Aula, a vida como ela é.”
The Pedagogical Director of John Paul I school-Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil.

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