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Jul 222017

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The Church has had to face heresies since the first periods of Christian history: these heresies put the faith and the legacy of Jesus Christ in great danger.
The first centuries of Christian faith witnessed the dualistic Gnosticism that affirmed that matter is the work of evil and therefore Jesus could never have assumed a material human body. Therefore it denied Incarnation and the salvation of mankind through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Gnosticism affirmed that the Incarnation of God’s Word had only been an illusion. That heresy was born in Persia and was combated by the Apostles themselves (see The Letter to the Colossians 2, 9; The First letter of John 4,2; The Second Letter of John 7) and mainly by Saint Irenaeus (dead 202 A.D.). That may have been the worst heresy of all times.
During the II and III Centuries monarchical heresies like the adoptionism and subordinationism tried to deny the Holy Trinity: they did not accept the idea that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were three distinct entities. They defended the idea that The Son and the Holy Ghost were mere manifestations of the Father Himself, subordinate to the Father and they were not at all Two Entities, equally Divine but distinct from the Father in One Only Trinity.
After those Trinitarian Heresies the Church witnessed a series of Christological Heresies:
1. Aryanism. Arias from Alexandria (dead on 334 A.D.) affirmed that Christ was just one more creature of the Father; the greatest of all creatures, from whom the Father had created all other creatures. This heresy was combated by Saint Athanasius and condemned during the First Council of the Church in Nicene (325 A.D.). The Council of Nicene taught that Jesus is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, generated, not created and co-substantial with the Father.”
2. Apolinarianism. Apolinarius (300-390 A.D.), Bishop of Laodicea, defended that Christ did not have a human soul; He was God and therefore His human nature was subverted. Two Popes, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 A.D.) and Saint Gregory of Nissa (dead on 394 A.D.), combated this idea and defended the principle that “those who are not taken by the Verb are not redeemed.”
3. Macedonism. Macedonius, Bishop of Constantinople, defended that the Holy Spirit was not God and that the Spirit was a mere creature of the Father. This heresy was condemned in the II Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.) that established that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person.

“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord Who grants life and comes from the Father and the Son; and with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified” (Symbol Nicene-Constantinople).

Professor 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 Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

Jul 202017

“As for me, my happiness is to be close to God” (Ps 73,28)

It is fortunate, therefore, that he sincerely seeks the Lord and walks in His presence all day.

To have a full life depends only on us, from the opening of our heart to God. Many times, we want to build a happy life, full of joys and contentments, but far from God, distracted from His presence.

“Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and His power, do not cease to seek His face “(Ps 105: 3-4).

The psalmist thus expressed himself, because he made this great experience, remembering the deeds of God, faithful to the history of His people.

Let us be free today to ask Jesus to take care of us. I often pray like this: “Take care of me, Jesus.”

Jesus I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago

Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jul 192017

What is it to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?

Since your baptism, God is in you. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are in you. But it is not enough, for it is necessary that this God who is in you should surface. What’s the use of having a well and not getting water from it?

Likewise, there is no point in God being in you if He does not manifest in your life. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is this: the Spirit, which is already in you, comes to the surface. As Jesus said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7, 38b).

From the baptism in the Holy Spirit, everything begins to change! “You command your spirit, you are created, and you renew the face of the earth” (Ps. 104,30).

This renewal of the face of the earth begins with our renewal, day after day. This renewal is charismatic, for it is made with the most powerful weapons of God: the charisms, the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just open the book of the Acts of the Apostles and you’ll see how many wonders!

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jul 182017

Adoração ao Santíssimo Sacramento

You need to make an experience of the love of God

“He’s sorry all, believe everything, wait all, supports all. The love will go on for years. ” (1Cor 13.7 -8)

Every human being has a huge thirst of God, even those can’t even imagine His existence. In our heart and in our innermost being, there’s a clamor for a personal encounter with Jesus. I tell you with conviction: our God is the God of experience; you need to make an experience of His love.

While we don’t meet personally with Jesus, our lives will not have a true sense. This is the great grace to our life: meet, every day, with Jesus, who has the power to transform.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Lucia Santiago
Co-founder of the community Canção Nova

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Jul 172017


Pregnancy in youth, young and immature parents

Every day, we see more young people who are pregnant and very young parents. In my view, this negates the logic of ministerial campaigns for the prevention of pregnancy, which are often in favor of free sex. With this, we find that what is lacking is not information, as many argue, but psychological maturity of the young people who initiate their sexual life early, without realizing the consequences of their acts.

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They have information, yes, but they do not know how to apply it to their lives, for with a self-centered vision of immediate pleasures they think nothing will happen to them: it is the magical vision of being immune to every negative consequence of their actions .

From children to parents

With an early pregnancy, the young people, abruptly, pass from children to father and mother. Often jumping the step of husband and wife. The adolescent world break down and in comes the adult obligation. These obligations, which, in my view, should not be transferred to the parents of these young people or assumed by them.

The teens often fall into the error of being pitied by their parents, because they have to assume a family early, because they feel guilty or because they have experienced the same situation; Then they end up overprotecting them once more, not allowing them to make that passage, even if abrupt and precocious. In this way, they condemn them to be forever inconsequential teenagers.

Training and preparation

I see that it would be appropriate to treat the matter in a preventive way in our families and in society, forming young people to live each stage of their development: the child plays and learns to be sociable. The adolescent is dedicated to the study and practice of social relations, preparing to assume life for two and the family; And the adult, yes, can fully live his sexuality responsibly.

When this does not happen and the sexual life begins irresponsibly in adolescence, the good thing would be that the unwanted pregnancy was reason to rethink the behavior of all involved, so that they came to the conclusion that this child is the most important thing at the moment, since he or she is a life that is coming, it is a blessing and it is welcome, because a child is always a blessing, it is a source of joy and pleasure, come when and how it comes.

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Jul 162017

There is something powerful to notice in the parable of the Sower and the Seeds. In each of the cases in the failed seeds, an outside force frustrates their ability to grow. It is either the sun, the rocks, the thorns or the birds.


This is an important lesson because a major message of Jesus is that we are all called to be fruitful members of the Kingdom and that each of us has a mission. However, if we allow an outside force to interfere with our mission, we will fail in it. But if we just follow Christ and trust in God, we will succeed in our mission.


This means, however, that we will have to follow Christ even when others would have given up, that is the difference between the saved and the lost. In fact, we may find our staying faithful to Christ may actually leads us closer to Him in tough times. This is a message that St. Rose taught, when things go wrong stay prayerful and faithful and you will go stronger in Christ. Otherwise, when things go wrong you will abandon Christ just as Jesus says.


Your most difficult times are when you have to be more focused on Christ and He will reveal Himself to you and be your strength.


Let us take an example, the easiest one is based on the thorns that grow up around the seed and choke it off. That is the anxieties of the world. When you are struggling with your greatest anxiety, maybe it is fear of losing your job, or just of making ends meet. What if you get a sudden expense that makes you unable to pay your bills. Then it is at those times to pray and trust that God be with you and in your anxiety bring Christ to help you. Those sleepless nights will give way to nights of confidence in Christ.


But you have to bring Christ into the problem and in fact that is exactly when Christ is most needed in your life to show you that He is there. This brings us back to St. Rose’s words that if we know how much our difficulties led us closer to Christ, we would ask for more of them.


The power of these distractions is that they can lead us to turn away from Christ in order to focus on the problem and by doing this we lose the strength that is Christ.


One of the most powerful passages in the Bible is where St. Paul calls us to draw our strength from the Lord it is the passage of spiritual warfare. In that St. Paul shows us that our battle is not against human forces but it is against principalities and powers. What does this mean. It is not against those who cause us anxiety, it is against those forces that when we are in anxiety tell us to focus on the problem and not on Christ. We are to focus on Christ when things are back to normal. That is the path to disaster cited in this parable.


We even institutionalize this issue. People feel it is important to keep their children involved in sports to keep them busy and out of trouble, so sports become more important than God because people are focused on ensuring their children do not get lost to the underculture. But they need to be rooted in God and then in sports so they can be strong in their deepest difficulties, which sports does not have the skill to give them.


The body is set up so that when there is great trouble, your breathing changes and resources are sent to different parts of the body than when normal. That is why when you have a lot of anxiety, you tend to hyperventilate. The solution is to start breathing deeply and this will calm you down. We do the same thing spiritually, when things go wrong we get focused on the issue, but like when we consciously slow down our breathing to better deal with a crisis, we must bring our struggles to prayer and that will give us the strength to deal with the issue. We have to invite Christ into our issues, it does not matter whether we are dealing with health issues, financial issues, family issues and personal crises of different types. One of the the things you will realize is that nothing can shut you down like fear. When you succumb to fear, you completely shut down and then you become blind to God’s grace in your world. It is then that we have to focus on Christ and know that He is with us in our most difficult situations and those we most fear.


Notice, what I said at the beginning, all of these are outside pressures that  can destroy the life within us, but when we focus on Christ they do not choke off the life in us, but bring us to bear powerful fruit. It is this the Christ is ultimately calling us to do. What causes us to bear fruit: sunshine, deep roots and the weeds that died and decayed to produce rich soil. What is that, the defeat of all those seeking to steal from us our eternal life by focusing on Christ the Lord.  


Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the parochial vicar of St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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