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Feb 282017
 

Alexandre Oliveira on the Canção Nova TV Program Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life] Photo: Wesley Almeida/Canção Nova

Alexandre Oliveira, on Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life], invites us to reflect on who Jesus is in our life and mission. The true Christian is recognized as a child of God and has attitudes guided by him. Check out his message.

The meditated Word is in Saint Luke 7.18 -23:
“The disciples of John told him about all these things. John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that time he cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind.And he said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

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Unfortunately, in our environment, there are many Christians who expect another Christ. Canção Nova announces and preparing God’s people for the second coming of the Lord, and the community doesn’t expect another Christ, but the same, yesterday, today and always.

Many times, we Christians have created another conception of Christ, very different from what the Church tells us and teaches. How many people lose their faith, because they live their religion according to their truths!

Maybe, today, before the silence of God to our prayers, we question what’s going on. Do you want to understand the silence of the Lord? Dip your heart in Catholic doctrine. The Saints, the Holy Scriptures, the Magisterium and the Catholic Church teach us to understand our faith.

Do wait for the second coming of Christ or we hope another Messiah? The one who loves recognizes, from afar, the face of the beloved.

What is my position as a Christian?

What do we have to show the world? How many praise Him in the Church, but then murmur in their homes. Our behavior has to be consistent with what we preach.

Are we being faithful?

Christ wants us to be faithful with constancy, but the enemy wants to see us on the ground. So as not to be defeated by the devil, we can seek to be in the hands of God and let us persevere, because Heaven is for us.

Our ‘ yes ‘ is forever. We seek to remain steadfast to the end, for our loyalty becomes a testimony of life.

Do our attitudes show that we’re Catholic?

Our action follows our being our day to day attitudes show how much we are of God. No matter what, let us persevere until the end. Let us not be defeated by the enemy. God wants real children, and like good children, let’s give pride to our Dad!

Alexandre Oliveira
Canção Nova Community mission

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Feb 272017
 

It’s always time: to start each new day

Start this way: each new day it is time!
Time to love
Time to believe
Time to struggle
Time to be better
Time to seek God
Time to discover
Time to start over.

Every Day I begin again I find the newness of God, the novelty of God, God, The best God wants for me. To start over is to live in a new era, it’s be to better, is to go beyond.

Beginning again leads us to embrace new opportunities that life offers, leads us to grow, leads us to be better, to believe again and see everything differently. Whoever begins has a new chance.
Who begins again finds out. Discover their abilities, their talents, their values 
Let us learn to know each other

Who resumes again believes in what is new struggles for what is new, lives what is new.

 

Know that every new day, you have a new opportunity to begin again, and the best is that Jesus begins with you.

Know that “Beginning again happens when I decide to begin again”. And always it is time to start over.

Stay with God!

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Feb 242017
 

More than a human and legal Institution, the Church is a “Mystery”; it is a human-divine complex. The same way Jesus is man and God at the same time, His Church is also human and divine and was created after His likeness. That is the Mystery we shall never be able to perfectly understand during earthly life, though it is a reality.

Chapter I of “Lumen Gentium” (Peoples’ Light) – the Vatican Council II Dogmatic Constitution on the Church – is devoted to that Mystery and starts as follows:

“… The Church is in Christ like a sacrament or as a sign and instrument both of a very closely knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race…” (LG, 1).

Vatican Council II teaches us that God did not want to save mankind individually; on the contrary, “He planned to assemble in the holy Church all those who would believe in Christ” (LG, 2).

God the Father decreed the salvation of mankind through the Body of Christ, the Church.  Each baptized individual becomes a member of that Body, in which God gathers His human family that sin had dispersed. In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul clearly explains that reality:

“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body… Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 12-27).

That is an awesome reality: we are the Body of Christ. The Father decided to bring back His human family to His Proximity through the creation of this human-divine Mystical Body (mysterious Body), so that we can co-experience His blissful life once again.

“Grafted in Christ” (Romans 11, 17) through Baptism, we participate in His Death and Resurrection; in Him we become God’s adoptive children and heirs of eternal life. That is the redeeming reality of the Church, “the universal sacrament of salvation” (LG, 48) and “mystery of men’s union with God” (CCC # 772).

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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Feb 232017
 

Worrying signs that parents are not knowing raise children

In the process of educating the children, we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of models, after all, people are different. There are, however, trails to be traveled, which lead to the journey of educating children successfully most of the time.

We found that the parents of other generations also made mistakes, but firmly led their children. In General, there were many directions providing an authoritarian model, but with clear boundaries. In the current education, we observe a democratization of parental power, where children tell what they think, but they are weak in respect for the rights of others.

Sinais preocupantes que os pais não estão sabendo educar os filhosPhoto: Copyright: Juanmonino

Balance in education

In the previous generations’ models, there was the punishment, sometimes violent, but limited. There is a need of disciplining the child so that they understand that life is made with responsibilities and rewards; and when they break something, they will be held accountable for their actions. However, there will be positive acts which may bring compliments. The trick is to balance discipline with rewards, with emphasis on the second, to work the pulse of life that we all have inside of us.

To experience a democratic model, it is necessary to establish rules that often the children don’t like, because they aren’t mature enough to choose. The parents don’t ask if the children want to go to school, because if that happened, they, of course, would prefer to play. To care for and love the children, take them to school and explain, within the comprehension of each one, that in life there are moments for work and for leisure.

Attention to the limits

A caution is important: as the child matures, the limits are more “flexible” towards correct choices. On the other hand, there are parents who give in too much or they allow themselves to be manipulated by the ways of children.

It is important that parents have authority. The maintaining dominance over one’s emotions is a sign that the situation is under control. For example: If the parents yell a lot, they end up giving tips for children as these adults can’t handle pressure.

On Target in the education of children

A difficulty of current education is that parents want to be friends with the children, which is ok, as long as they are not afraid to be parents as is their duty. Or they become slaves, doing for their children and not allowing them to do tasks suitable to their age.

Want to know if you are on target? Listen to your children, talk about feelings and projects. They need to make sure they can count on you to help them, but also know that they will be held accountable if they do not respect the rights of others, fail to comply with their obligations or jeopardize their own happiness.

Ângela Abdo

Ângela Abdo is coordinator of the Group of mothers who pray for the children of St. Camillus of Léllis Parish Espiritu Santo and assists in the study of the National Guide to RCC. She acts as curator of the Foundation Nossa Senhora da Penha and leads workshops on strategic planning and people management to pastoral leadership.

Abdo is a graduate in Social work by UFES and postgraduate in human resources administration and business management. Has a master’s degree in accounting from Fucape. Acts as a consultant on small, medium and large private and public sector companies as quality and human resources Advisor and as a social worker of the CST (workers Solidarity Center). Is current President of ABRH (Brazilian Association of human resources) of the Espiritu Santo and Director, Manager and counselor of Vitória Apart Hospital.

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Feb 222017
 

So many people cry with rage when they reach the limit.

Often, we are so angry about the situations of the day, we use the expression: “I reached my limit, I can’t take it anymore!”. So many people cry with rage when they’re in this peak of stress; others, cry out without thinking. But later repent. Anyway, we have a limit and it is normal for us to reach it!

But how do we react? Crying or screaming will solve what? I tell you something that works for me: when I’m at my limit, if I can’t solve the situation at the time, I go to the Chapel, cool down, relax a little and then seek to resolve the situation.

Several unresolved situations generate much greater stress. Never handle anything hot; on the contrary, seek always the best way to solve the problem without hurting people.

May the Lord God teach you to deal with the hardships of life.

God bless you.
Your brother, Eto

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Feb 212017
 

1600x1200-por-que-ir-a-igrejaGo to church, because there we find the community gathered. Go to the Church to return home better than we left for home. 

In regions where the lack of water is quite detrimental to the survival of the human being, the water trucks are indispensable for many families so that they may receive, the minimum water necessary for their survival. Without that vehicle, which takes the water from its reservoir, many families would be condemned to live with the lack of water. And everyone knows that this liquid is an element necessary for our survival.

The water truck carrying the water is, in some ways, bringing life to all those who depend on this substance to stay alive. It fulfills the role of being a river where there are none.

Many people wonder what is the importance of participating in Church. Many turn away from the Christian community for a variety of reasons. Others to participate, but they return home the same way you came. In the midst of a society that will very quickly create the mentality that spirituality is something, what’s the point of participating in church? Why go to church?

Often, we arrive at Church like a water truck,empty, without the necessary water as a sign of life. Before the mystery of God, the Word proclaimed, reflected and meditated, the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, let’s be of life in fullness offered by Christ himself. Thereby, we return home full of living water, and thus we can share with those around us the water was deposited in us in our heart.

The heart is the life in fullness, in which we take God’s love to our brothers and sisters. When we participate in the Church, our heart is empty and dry. How can one quench thirst for someone else, if you don’t have even enough water to quench his own thirst?

A water truck only fulfills its role if it is filled with water. A human being ca only feel complete as a person if hes stocked for the presence of God. Why go to church? Because it is the source of living water which quenches our interior. And because, once supplied with the presence of God within us, we can take this same water to all those who ask for a drop of water of life, which give them the sense of living in a society that shares other artificial waters do not quench the thirst; but on the contrary, human beings always have more thirst for true life.

Go to church, because there we find the community gathered. In Union with the brothers and sisters of the community, we share the pains and joys of living in a “common unity”. Go to church, because that’s where the miracle of the Eucharist takes place in all holy masses celebrated. Go to the Church to return home better than we got.

Many people, when they return home, they hear from their families: “you have been praying and came back worse?”. When we come home fueled the love of Christ in us, it is impossible to get back to everyday life the same way. Only those who had their thirst quenched by God can quench the thirst for other people with the same love that he received.

If the water truck takes the water that quenches the biological human thirst , we are invited to leave the Church with the heart fueled with the living water that quenches our thirst for human-divine love.

Padre Flávio Sobreiro

Father Flávio Sobreiro is the paroquial vicar of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, in the Archdiocese of Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil. He is the author of the book “Amor Sem Fronteiras” [Love Without Borders] from Editora Canção Nova. For more information on Father please see: facebook.com/peflaviosobreiro

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