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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

Portuguese version

Oct 032012
 

Whoever does not have fear and weaknesses in life may throw the first stone! We  are humans, no one is a superhero. We may see that even the ficticious ‘super heroes’ have their weak points and fears. As, for example, Superman has his kryptonite.

But friends, I am consecrated man,  but their exists the ‘kryptonite’ of life that make me have fear in my journey. This is not something bad, for through my weaknesses and fears I touch my humanness, and the step to have an incarnate faith. I become more simple and humble.

But I cannot allow my limits to paralyze me. I encounter my humanity, but I have to continue forward, trusting to God all my miseries. And in this confidence I am continuing my road through faith, because I know that I cannot walk alone. God is always with me.

My friend, do not think that you are a super hero, recognize your fears and weaknesses, but do not allow these things to paralyze you. That this serves to make you more humble, simple and human in the road of holiness in the service of the Lord.

Strong embrace,

Ademir Costa

translated from portuguese

Jan 202011
 

Canção Nova (New Song) Family in Paraguay

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12,9-10)

While I was doing my bible study last night, I read these verses and I was fascinated; I wrote a phrase entitled: “A missionary without trials is a weak missionary”. In these moments I remembered how many were the great tribulations and the spiritual drought that I had during the year, and later (looking at myself in the mirror) I saw a person more alive, strong and happy than before; I looked back and smiled after having endured so much, and I reaffirmed what Paul says: “for when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you still are passing through many tests that appear will never end, assume this word with much confidence. The problems that you are experiencing already have an ending date and hour; have no doubt about this. That which you should understand is that there is no other way through which one can have strength, and it is for this that God permits that which happens to you that you may be strong. This is not a hobby or some game that which is happening to you; it is a grace that is reaffirming you to be a “child of God” in all aspects: spiritual, physical, emotional. When in the future other tribulations may appear, the result of that which happens will be the arm with which you will be able to overcome problems: Believe it!

I invite you that you repeat with me this prayer and assume the forces that God is giving to you.

Lord, I know that your grace is enough and that in my weakness is your strength that works, but today I need to say to you that I desire intensely to receive this strength that come from You; I desire this force for assuming that my problems already have an ending, and so guaranteeing strongly until the day that my eyes may see your promise happen. You are the Lord of my life! I love you, Jesus!

Be encouraged, brother/ Jesus has already won and is close to us.
Fernando Ugarte
Canção Nova (New Song) Paraguay

Translated from Spanish

Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms © 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament © 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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