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Apr 262017
 

As we recognize Jesus, touch the center of our faith

“In fact, all of you are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gl -27 3.26)

When we recognize Jesus is in our life as Lord, we’re at the center of our faith. Many people find that they do not have faith, because they bring in the heart many questions and doubts, but this situation is a unique opportunity to get close to Jesus, shed our doubts and expect the right answer from him.

It’s beautiful when you do such an experiment, because when we ask Jesus something, He also makes us freer to ask the most essential questions, which has the power to open ourselves to His mystery.

The Holy Spirit illuminates our minds and our hearts, because we want to know the Lord.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Lucia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova community 

Portuguese version

Apr 242017
 

Father Roger Luis – Photo: Daniel Mafra/cancaonova.com

The purpose of this meeting is to be ‘ Jovems Sarados [Youth healed] with your feet here on Earth, but with your eyes to Heaven; also because the coming of the Lord is imminent.

The Church calls us to account, she invites us to live with the experience of determination that we wait the coming of the Lord, and we hope on this great day he will come to those who walk in His presence, that fall, but rise again. This will not be a day of horror or sadness, but of jubilation and joy.

We need to look at the early Church, that of the first century, in order to learn how to live in the 21st century. How were the Christians of the first century, the Church which was born and lived with the Lord? They lived every day as if He was coming back that day in an eschatological tension.

Kingdom of the world VS Kingdom of heaven

When we find Him, He starts within us a clash of kingdoms. The kingdoms of this world, against Kingdom of Heaven. When we meet Jesus, the Kingdom of God needs to take up the space in our hearts, which often was given to the kingdoms of this world. We will live this conflict until the last of our days.

In Canção Nova, starting with the community’s founder, Monsignor Jonas Abib, we declare a war: the system in the world against the system of God.

Pope Francis, in Paraguay, said this: “… That’s what the world needs, young people with hope and strong of spirit; youth not weaklings, neither yes, nor no (undecided). We don’t want young people who tire quickly or those who are bored “.

Watch and pray is the call of the Church. I don’t know if He  will come in our generation, but I live and need to live as if Jesus came back today. We need to watch our senses, our relations, what kind of friends we are seeking.

Young people be healed, be honest with God. Look at the commitment that you have made with him. We believe in you, we believe you are a testament to the young people of the 21st century.

Fr. Roger Luis

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Apr 202017
 

God pours his mercy over our lives!

Márcio Mendes, on  the program Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life ], talks about the mercy of God, who reaches our hearts and transforms our lives. Check out:

The word is meditated on Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like you, who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
but instead delights in mercy,
And will again have compassion on us,
treading underfoot our iniquities?
You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins;

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Deus não age pela ira, mas sim pela misericórdia

Photo: file/cancaonova.com

Out of love for us, God passes over our faults He is not angry, because he prefers to mercy.

The sin is not us, however, it does not leave us. Once having sinned, the Lord never tires of forgiving us. Even if you don’t see the the way out, he didn’t give up on us.

God will win in our life

If God puts Himself in our reach and forgives us of our bad actions. What paths have we trodden? What has taken us in the right direction? Why we are sad and worn out? Who loves us does not wants us to live in error.

We don’t want to Sin? Flee from what we takes us from God. Sin is the result of the evil one, but God is our protection and refuge.

This world is dangerous! The spiritual world is far more dangerous without the presence of God.

The confession is salvation!

After a disagreement with someone, we run the risk of facing the person and we are afraid if that person will forgive us or not. God can’t wait to transform our life. He forgives all our faults. When we confess our sins, they are wiped out.

What a human enemy against us?

When we face a human enemy, he does everything to try and destroy us. Similarly, the enemy of God also wants to destroy us and the tricks that he uses are heavy.

Purifies our soul’s confession

When we wash our souls before God, there is nothing and no one who can accuse us. When we confess, we are covered with the blood of Jesus! Today, washing in His blood is to take possession of the forgiveness that He gives us.

We want to be released? Let’s start with the confession. Jesus did not come to take away sin, but to give us life. Sometimes we have the feeling that we’re lifeless, so he is ready to give us a new life.

The Lord wants to make us able to not sin anymore! By winning over sin on the cross he won so that every sin  lost power and influence over our lives.

God is closer than we think. By love, He put himself within reach of our possibilities. If someone wants to find God, he or she will find.

Today, the Lord came to pick us up. A mother wouldn’t think twice to give her life for their children, the same way God is the mother who gives his life for us.

Márcio Mendes
Canção Nova Community mission

Transcription and adaptation: Ariele Silva

Portuguese version

Apr 182017
 

Self-knowledge helps us in our weakness and leads us to be better

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Our self-knowledge of our weakness brings forth in us humility and true peace. Here are the Beatitudes of tears of which the Gospel speaks not those easy and sensitive tears that express nothing, but those tears deep of the heart, these returns and conversions that call us to humility and the painful heartache of sins committed, that contrition of the heart.

In the Gospel we see those tears our Lord called “Blessed”: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (5.4 Mt), the forgiven sinner’s tears, the tears of Peter who denied the master, tears of my heart, that you and I have experienced and that God wants us to concede to us.

God provides, God will provide. Trust! His mercy won’t be lacking.

 

Your brother,

Wellington Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII Canção Nova

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Apr 132017
 

The Lord has prepared a place in heaven for us

The Lord already booked for you and your family an address in the Kingdom of heaven. This “uniqueness” is not synonymous with egotism, but requires of us a great responsibility. No one can take this place, because Jesus prepared and reserved it exclusively for you. Imagine the pain that the Lord will feel in the heart if he finds your empty place!

Jesus humbled himself, became man, and died on a cross for you to take your place in Heaven. Jesus died for us, but was resurrected and ascended to heaven. There, he became our intercessor and is waiting for us, so we can live the life that does not end. Like Jesus, we should strive to rescue our brothers. Unfortunately, many of us have used all our strength on things of this world, as a profession and studies.

All this is very good and should be taken seriously, but we use them also as a means to get people to heaven, to rescue souls to hasten the coming of New Heaven and the New Earth. We can’t put the profit, personal benefit or vanity in front of evangelization.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib

Portuguese version

Mar 082017
 

The missionary Marcio Mendes on the “Smiling for Life” program, motivates our hearts to trust in Christ as the Lord desires our salvation and for that, we need to open ourselves to His will.

The  Word meditated on today is 1 Thessalonians 5,9-11:
“God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore, comfort you and build one another, as you already do. ”

“The Lord did not create us to death, but for life,” says Márcio.

God did not appoint us to destruction, but to salvation. The Lord did not create us for death, but for life. Salvation for us is to be a daily experience. How many situations of physical and moral hazards do we suffer! But at all times the Lord cares for us.

When we think that our prayer was not heard by God, our heart revolts from it, but the Lord never fails to hear us. Sometimes to win you need to lose, and, over time, we realize that losing was the best thing that could happen to us.

To make the experience of salvation we need to unite in Christ. He promises us salvation if we persevere to the end. For things to change in our lives, let us ask the Lord to touch our hearts. The Father does not demand answers from us, after all we do not know al. But the only thing He asks of us is that we stay with Him no matter what happens.

The only thing we can not give up is to walk with the Lord, because united to Him all else will be a consequence of our walk. We can then discern what comes into our lives, for evil can be disguised as something good. When connected to the Father, fruits begin to sprout in our hearts. If we have God, we can allow the Holy Spirit to manifest His fruit in us.

One day the Lord called us and He continued to walk with us. This is God’s promise to us: “Whoever fears the Lord will know that all will be well, and will be blessed on the day of his death.” (Sir 1:13). We can lose everything, but the most important thing is to be united to the Lord.

Several times, the pleasures of this world blind us and we do not give due importance to our walk with God, the unity of our family and true friends. What makes us stand with the Father is to put our hearts before Him, abandoning ourselves unreservedly in His hands. What does the Lord asks us about today? Whatever it is, if it is He who asks us, may we respond, as doing His will keep us united to him.

Marcio Mendes
Missionary of the New Song Community

Portuguese Transcription and Adaptation: Ariele Silva

Portuguese Version

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