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Jan 202017
 

The Catechism of the Church teaches us in its first lines that God “calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church” (CCC, Prologue, I.1).

God created mankind to be “His family’ but sin scattered His children and at present God is once more gathering them together through the Church, the very own Body of the Christ Who was sent to mankind. In this context, one can spotlight the importance and reality of the Church, the family of God. The Catechism also teaches us that, “to accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life” (CCC-Prologue I.1).

It is necessary to analyze these words attentively. It is through His Son that the Father rebuilds the communion between He and mankind. The Son becomes Church (the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ). We enter this Body through Baptism and we become adoptive children of God through the Holy Spirit; consequently, we are again heirs of God’s blissful life; that joyful life sin had canceled. By doing so, we can go back to Paradise.

This is the glorious history of our salvation that will be accomplished by the Church, when She is completely glorified in God. This is the reason why Saint Augustine said that:

“The Church is the reconciled world.”

Nothing is more important than knowing, loving and serving the Church with all our strength. She is Christ’s Wife and He loves Her with eternal love. He suffered Passion and shed His blood for Her. He loves Her like a passionate Husband:

“Husbands, love your wives even as Christ loved the church and handed Himself over for her” (The Letter to the Ephesians 5, 25).

These words express Jesus’ deep love for “His” Church.

Pope Paul IV, who immensely loved the Church, referred to Her like that:

“The Church! She is our constant love, our primeval solicitude and our fixed idea! … Those who do not love the Church do not love the Christ; and we do not love the Church if we do not love Her like the Lord has loved: “Christ loved the church and handed Himself over for her” (The Letter to the Ephesians 5, 25).

We can go even further and say: if you do not know the Church, you do not know the Christ; if you do not serve the Church, you do not serve the Christ; if you do not obey the Church, you do not obey the Christ; if you do not subject yourself to the Church, you do not subject yourself to the Christ; if you are not in the truth of the Church, you are not in the truth of the Christ…

Vatican Council II called Her “Lumen Gentium”, “The Light of the Nations”, because Her Light is the same Light of Jesus Christ.

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

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Jan 192017
 

Jesus Christ is Lord

 

“Jesus was in a city, and there was a man with leprosy. Seeing Jesus, the man fell at his feet, and asked: lord, if you want, you have the power to cleanse me. Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said: Be purified. And immediately the leprosy left him “(Lk 5, 12-13).

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Let us turn to Our Lord Jesus Christ with faith, to cleanse us from all our sins and wounds in order to live the true dignity of children of God, as what happened with the leper. Take Christ as only Lord of our life. Today, the Lord invites us to reconcile ourselves with him through confession. Seek a priest and confess all our sins.

“And he who will find the lost sheep, will feel more joy than the 99 that don’t stray” (Mt 18.13).

We who believe and experience the goodness of God, we know that the divine mercy is always an invitation to conversion and change of life.

“This is the will of your heavenly father that not one of these little ones are lost.” (Mt 18.14).

So don’t be afraid to be merciful and to repent.


Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago

Portuguese version

Jan 182017
 

The impiety make us evil fans

 

We who serve the God are oppressed by a spirit of impiety.

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Credits: Daniel Mafra/New Song

Evil acts in this spirit, and God father wants to get rid of it, that’s why Jesus came to teach us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. For the enemy of God is invested in leading  us to in live them.
Let us pray: “deliver me, Lord! I don’t want to live in worldly passions, I don’t want them to dominate me. Lord, come take over my mind, all my being, my whole body, my feelings, my emotions. Free me of all impiety.

 

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

Translated from Portuguese 

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Jan 172017
 

Divine wisdom guides our lives when we let ourselves be led by it

Márcio Mendes, on the program ‘Sorrindo Pra Vida’ [Smiling at Life], meditates on the wisdom that comes from on high, which makes us have attitudes of generosity with our brothers.

.: For this Edition and other of Sorrindo Pra Vida in their original Portuguese ‘, visit the Canção Nova Play

The meditated Word are in Sirach 37:20 -27

A word is the source of every deed;a thought, of every act.The root of all conduct is the heart;four branches it shoots forth:Good and evil, death and life,and their absolute mistress is the tongue.One may be wise and benefit many,yet appear foolish to himself.One may be wise, but if his words are rejected,he will be deprived of all enjoyment.When one is wise to his own advantage,the fruits of knowledge are seen in his own person.When one is wise to the advantage of people,the fruits of knowledge are lasting.One wise for himself has full enjoyment,and all who see him praise him.The days of one’s life are numbered,but the life of Israel, days without number.26One wise among the people wins a heritage of glory,and his name lives on and on.My son, while you are well, govern your appetite,and see that you do not allow it what is bad for you.nabrepermission

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How nice it is when people look at us and see blessings! A wise heart is a gift from God, but also a personal construction. We are all born with the potential for wisdom, but many prefer to continue with weak intelligence.

Within us there is the ignorant and an extraordinary. Becoming wise people will require of us an attitude.What are our activities for today? Seek to act wisely in all. When we are in fellowship with God, our attitudes are inspired by him.

The heart is the root of all decisions. All that we choose leads us to life or death. Only good things come out of a healthy heart.

Let us acustom our our hearts to the right things and make the right things desirable. Maybe your loving gesture is the only thing a person will receive in life. Understand that for all we do there is a reward, but this reward will not always come in the form of money, but will always come.

To be wise is to act with good heart, being true and kind. Whoever walks in a lie is the first to be mistaken.Wisdom has to see with truth. Let us be true and good. Nobody wants to be around empty people; we may not be what others want us to be.

When we act in truth, wisdom produces fruit in our life. We win people’s respect and we love each other. What good we do, God does not allow to be lost.

The Lord is always good to us. React toanother’s roughness with goodness! Facetrouble with generosity. To be generous is to go right to adress problems.

What is generosity? Is to help immediately. There are people who help out of obligation, but the generous person helps in time, in the moment. Being generous is to go right to the problem and work out something good.

Márcio Mendes
Canção Nova Community missionary

Portuguese Transcription and adaptation: Ariele Silva

Portuguese version

Jan 162017
 

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“Go, all over the world, all preach the Gospel” (Mk 16.15). Preach the Gospel is to make a change in people’s lives. That’s why Jesus wanted to convert Saul, a Pharisee who was persecuting Christians, not because he was bad, but because he was faithful to what the Pharisees preached and lived because they were keepers of the law.

When Saul realized that the doctrine of Jesus was spreading and that people were changing and being baptized, he believed that Judaism was at risk because he thought these people were being fooled. Saul was so faithful to the prophets and their story he began persecuting Christians, for  fidelity to Judaism. There was a heart that loved God, but was on the wrong path. He was a man who was willing to give his life for what he believed. Therefore, the Lord himself decides to convert him. And appears to him in Damascus, causing it to fall and stay blind. Saul, still on the floor, ask: “who are you?” And Jesus replies to him: “I am the one whom you are persecuting”.

Jesus has told us a lot about the hardening of hearts. That’s what happened to Saul, who, in front of the light of Christ, went blind and spent three days like that. Then the Lord appears to Ananias and gives him the mission to go to the House of Saul and pray that he is cured of blindness and baptized in the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ made of Saul a man chosen, and who would have to suffer for the cause of God and the Gospel. Ananias obeys the Lord and, running the entire risk, find Saul in bed, blind, without the strength to eat, feeling humiliated by the whole situation, because he had dedicated his whole life to Judaism and, at that moment, via Jesus, wanted to transform it entirely.

Ananias tells Saul that Jesus had sent him so that he would be cured of blindness and became filled with the Holy Spirit. Then, he lays hands on him and prays for him. From that moment on, Saul, which happens to be called Paul, takes on this new reality. Already converted, he goes to the synagogue by his own Holy Scriptures to prove that Jesus was the Messiah for whom they expected. It confuses the Jews and Christians also.

The conversion of Saul is very important for us, because we also need this conversion. We have received the grace of the Holy Spirit of Jesus himself, in baptism, but how many people abandoned this first conversion, this first fervor and became an ordinary person, cooled and hardened your heart? Even the family and so many people of your street, your neighborhood, they need to receive, in all humility, the laying on of hands, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, to be reinflamed and taken by him, and thus transformed to take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.

The world, that is inside you, is in need of conversion. It’s like the “big world” you need the Holy Spirit to convert.

That today is a day of conversion, change! We need this to happen to a lot of people who live in this little world, this is your home. We need to bring the Gospel to this world that needs so much of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit!

 

 

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

Portuguese version

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Jan 132017
 

(Beginning Today and continuing every Friday, Catholicismanew will present lessons from “The Church Complete” from Prof Felipe Aquino. These articles come to us from Prof Aquino in English. We hope you will enjoy our Friday lessons on the truth of the Roman Catholic Church in this powerful way of learning of the Church universal. Professor Aquino heads up Cleopas publishing in the city of Lorena, Sao Paulo state, Brazil and has graciously offered these articles for our English language readers of Catholicismanew.–ed.)

When He founded HIS Church. Jesus addressed Peter and told him: “…you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build MY church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16, 18). With these words, Jesus made it clear that the Church is HIS property. He only spoke of one Church, not of two or more.

In fact Church is, according to God’s Will, the very Own Body of the Lord. He wanted the Church to be His Mystical Body, constituted as the “universal Sacrament for the salvation of mankind” (LG, 48); as it is stated in the Vatican Council II; the Church is the means God chose to save everybody.

The Church is the extension of Jesus’ Incarnation among human beings, to create the great family of God’s Children inside Him. “The Church is the trajectory of the Christ through centuries.” Bossuet would rather say: The Church is Jesus Christ poured and communicated onto the whole earth.” All that can be said in brief with the words of a great priest of the first century, Saint Ignatius of Antioch BM (deceased on 107 AD):

“Catholic Church lies at the place where Jesus Christ is.”

Sin has dispersed mankind since its origin, it broke the union and communion between human beings and God, interrupted the beautiful plan of love that earth paradise shows us.

God the Father created human beings for Himself, so that we could be His family; our destiny was to live in intimate communion with Him and enjoy His Blissful life. Sin – the saddest reality of all – broke up this beautiful Plan of love and “scattered” God’s children, tore His family apart and wounded God Himself. The Father thus wanted to rebuild His creation through Jesus and the Church, bringing His children back to Communion with Him. In this sense, the Official Catechism of Catholic Church estates:

“The gathering together of the Church is, as it were, God’s reaction to the chaos provoked by sin” (CCC 761).

The Catholic Church is the only one founded by Jesus Christ two thousand years ago and She has never ceased to be. There is no other institution on earth so old and so new at the same time, capable of overcoming all the persecution She has been suffering since the times of the Roman Empire. At present we have a Pope, who is the 264th Pope departing from Saint Peter. Which Institution would be capable of that? Only a divine Institution, founded by the Lord Himself.

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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