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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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Feb 072017
 

Often Times I complain about the world. But what I am doing to change it?

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I’ve been watching TV these days, and something came to me:  how much the world needs God. It’s unanimous: the world is lost. But the following question entered into my heart: What am I doing to save him?

The world is not lost, there are still good people who make a difference, just by giving more emphasis to the good than the bad. We need to pray and develop the attitudes of Christians in society. We don’t have to be afraid, God is on our side.

The song arose in my heart: “you have to trust me. You’re not missing anything in believing. I follow by your side, I’m your God, a God in love “. (Eugenio Jorge)

We need to disseminate throughout the world the love of God, the loving God who loves us, who heals the wounds of our pain. Who nurtures us. The world needs the love of God, and we who are this channel of love should be the first to live His love

My brothers and sisters, I put an assignment for next week: make a gesture of Christian love to your neighbor. And let’s spread the good news.

God bless you,

Your brother,

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

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Aug 222016
 

revista_eto001In Brazil, we are inundated with the Olympic medals, with the best athletes in the world, with those who renounce a lifetime for a medal, whether it be gold, silver or bronze. It’s very pretty to look at, it powerful to read the emotion of those who had the opportunity to win, and I congratulate each one, because they have an austere life and deserve the title. But, at the same time, I wonder: How about us Christians, are we fighting to achieve our victory, which is Heaven? Do we seek, through living a good life, for our incorruptible Crown, which is Heaven?

St Paul already teaches us that we must run and strive to reach our goal, which is eternal salvation. So today, I want to invite you to make this personal reflection: how is your life? Ask yourself: “Have I done my best to make my goal?”

I’m reflecting on my conduct, because I want to get into heaven. And you?

In prayer for you,
ETO

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Feb 292016
 

Jesus criticizes hypocrisy and pretense

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Many of us follow others to see only their mistakes and to criticize them.

Such an arrogant and hypocritical attitude is similar to the Pharisees. Often also seeking the prominent places and be first in line, but Jesus sends us to choose the last place.

Saint Therese of the child Jesus said she wanted the last place because she knew no one would fight with her for it.

I invite you to reflect on the parable of the publican and the Pharisee: Lucas (18, 10-14). God bless your day.

Your brother,

Wellington da Silva Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII new song

Nov 192015
 

Whoever judges people have no time to love them

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Photo: Yamin/cancaonova.com

My brothers, I want to reflect on the duty not to judge anyone. I was surprised by God to see a person praying and I judged that that person didn’t know God, and it was then that the Lord surprised me. He told me: ‘ you must not judge, because only I know the heart ‘.

So, my brothers, do not lose time judging. Mother Theresa of Calcutta said: “When you judge people you have no time to love them”, that is, before you judge, pray. Before you condemn, love, because God only knows the depths and intentions of our heart.

If we ask God’s mercy to us, because we understand our struggles, so too should we act toward our neighbor.

Let us keep this word of God in our heart: judge not and you shall not be judged.

Your brother,
Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII Canção Nova

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Sep 292015
 

We need to administrate well, to not lost the goal we must bring forth

revista_eto001In the position of administrator, I need to be aware of everything that is happening in the world, the economy of the country, in the (New Song) Canção Nova community, I need to be vigilant and faithful to my appointments, not to get lost in the administration of this work. Fidelity and attention are secrets to conquer the Kingdom of heaven.

The Lord gave me this life to administer, because He will come back and ask me to give an account. So, I need to manage not to lose my salvation, and to be attentive to everything that God speaks and makes me. I can’t get distracted, losing myself in vain concerns; I have to be faithful, because fidelity is the secret to a good administration.

Today, I made up my mind to be a good steward of my life, attentive and faithful to the Lord, not to lose the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus will come back, this is sure; and when he comes back, I want to be alert and on standby. How are you running your life?

Your brother,
Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII Canção Nova

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