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Mar 312017
 

Saint Peter's Square from the dome

By valyag (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Everybody has the same importance before God’s eyes and for His Church, because everybody is a member of His Family, united in Jesus Christ. As Saint Paul said:

“God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 24-25).

God teaches us to live in mutual love and charity: He disposes things in such a way that each one of us needs the other to build His Family and His Kingdom on Earth. This should eliminate arrogant self-sufficiency and haughty presumption in each member: God made us in such a way that we need one another. There should never be strife, rivalry and jealousy among members because – as Saint Paul said – “God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as He intended” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 18).

Therefore each one of us who were baptized should be proud of being considered worth of belonging to that Sacred Body: we should willingly accept our place in this Body and collaborate in the growth of that Body as a faithful member, a member that obeys the Head and serves the other members.

“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 26).

The beauty of the Church lies in the diversity of Her members, each one with its particular functions, co-operating with the Head for the sake of everybody.

“If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 19-20).

The Holy Spirit grants different kinds of charisma to different members of the Body of Christ; no member is left without a special kind of charisma and the special charisma of one member is a blessing to everybody:

“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 7).

“But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 11).

Finally, Saint Paul condenses his whole teaching by saying:

“Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 17).

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (The Letter to the Galatians 3, 27-28).

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 6, 15).

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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Mar 302017
 

luzia2014It is not enough to hear what God speaks, it is necessary to exercise the experience of his word. I mean exercise, as it is a matter of life, a little bit each day. The important thing, in any situation, is to have this certainty in the heart: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is a saving strength of God to every one that believes. The just shall live by faith “ (ROM. 1, 16a-17b).

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit received in the sacrament of baptism and developed in relationship with God by the power of prayer. This is the faith to which we are invited to testify today, without fear of being Christian, for our family, in our work, as intercessors of a people.

Let us ask Jesus  for the Holy Spirit without measure. Send, Lord, your Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the Earth. Come, Holy Spirit!

Lord Jesus, we pray for the situations of our lives, but help especially those who suffer many forms of tribulations. We scream for help on high: Come, Holy Spirit! Lord God, grant us the grace to help and support each other!

Luzia Santiago

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Mar 292017
 

For each time its own grace

Uma vida de santidade

We all know that: There is an appointed time for everything,

and a time for every affair under the heavens.

A time to give birth, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to tear down, and a time to build.

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;

a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 -7).

What is the time that you are living today? We need to have the wisdom to identify each period of our lives, so we can live it well. Each time brings us its own grace and a teaching of life; This leads us to a constant maturity and a deep intimacy with God, when we have our heart in praise and Thanksgiving, especially in the most difficult times. Everything is for a given time, because everything passes, only God is eternal.

Remain in the Lord at all times of our life.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago

Portuguese version

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Mar 282017
 

Have we acted with mercy on the other?

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“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” The word ‘mercy’ is gentle, my brothers; And if the word is like that, what will not be the reality?

Although everyone wants it, they do not act in a way that deserves it, which is not good. In fact, everyone wants to receive mercy, but few want to give it.

O man, with what courage do you want to ask what you pretend to give! Therefore, grant mercy here on earth if you hope to receive it in heaven. Therefore, dear brothers, since we all want mercy, we must have her as patroness in this world, so that she may release us in the future. There is in heaven a mercy reached by earthly mercies. The Holy Scripture thus says: “Lord in heaven, your mercy.”

What is human mercy? That, of course, makes you look at the miseries of the poor. And the heavenly mercy? Certainly, that which grants the forgiveness of sins “(Saint Cesare of Arles, bishop).

Let us ask the Lord today for the grace to be merciful, especially with the poorest and neediest of this grace.

Jesus I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago

Portuguese version

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Mar 272017
 

The beauty to be happy

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To start a new day, the first thing we must do is to open our heart to the newness brought by him. If it’s a new day, everything is done again, so we can’t be tied to past facts. The Holy Spirit makes all things new from our heart.

We have a beautiful opportunity, today, to be a cause of joy and motivation to those who are discouraged and can no longer rejoice in the light of the new day. Let us motivate people with whom we live; say to them a word of encouragement, of courage, a compliment, a quality she has. Let’s do everything so that nobody else gets sad our presence.

Along the walk, we go through such difficult situations that, many times, we close our heart and thus we become bitter and people do not see the beauty of life.

Let us ask today as did the blind man of the Gospel: Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me! (Lk 18.39)

Lord, give us the grace to see again the beauty of dawn. The answer is this: “Yes, See, again” (Lk 18.42)

Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the community Canção Nova

Portuguese version

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Mar 242017
 

Saint Peter's Square from the dome

By valyag (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

In His Prayer during the Last Supper and before suffering His Passion, Jesus asked His Father: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are” (John 17, 11)… “so that they may all be  one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us” (John 17, 21)… “And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one…”(John 17, 22-23).

Nothing can be worse to Christ’s Body than the breaking of that Unity; it is and shall always be the worst scandal in the Church.

It is easy to imagine the misery someone would live in if the members of his or her body fought one another and did not obey the command of the brains. Just imagine what would happen if hands denied feeding the mouth and putting clothes on the body; just imagine what would happen if legs felt jealous or envious of the other members and denied carrying them: how miserable would the body feel…? Just imagine if the heart fought the brains and decided not to beat anymore…

We could give wings to imagination and multiply these examples, though this unfortunate person would in the end suffer a terrible death as a final consequence of this war. The same can happen to the Church if there is no unit and harmony among Her members. Unfortunately there are so many divisions inside the Church, caused by the sins of Her children, that the fact that the Church still exists and survived all kinds of crises is in itself the greatest evidence that She is divine and supported by the Lord Himself.

“So I say to you, 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).

Inside this most beautiful Body of the Christ, united and vivified by the Holy Spirit, all the members are like cells: each one performs essential tasks to keep the Body alive.

“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, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of the Spirit” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 12-13).

The Apostle is really inspired when he compares the Church to a body:

“Now the body is not a single part, but many. If a foot should say: ‘Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,’ it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. Or if an ear should say, ‘because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,’ it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I do not need you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I do not need you’”(The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 14-21).

At the end of his reasoning, the Apostle concludes: “Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 12, 22).

 

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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