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Apr 272018

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It was at the Council of Florence and Trent that faith in purgatory developed
If we have a certainty about life it is that death will one day come, it is certain; sooner or later we will come across it. What comforts us as Christians is our faith in the resurrection.

Jesus is risen and with him whoever believes in him will be raised. Perhaps, you have already asked yourself, “What will become of my relative or friend who passed away? He was a good man, but he had sins. Is he going to heaven? And if I die, but I’m not “so into God,” what will become of me? ”


Ideally, we should die in God without sin, and may have lived reconciliation with all love and gratitude. At last, if we die in Jesus Christ, in purity and without sin, surely Heaven will be our final destination, for there is the abode of the saints. We must, day after day, live the proclamation of Jesus the Savior to reach the “eternal home” which He gives to His children by Mercy.

Place of purification
It seems impossible, does not it? But many saints succeeded and they were people like us.

In any case, if we die not so holy or with some sins, the Church teaches us about Purgatory, the place of the final purification of the elect, those who died in God, but still need purification to reach the glory of Heaven.

It was at the Council of Florence and Trent that faith in purgatory developed. In the Bible, there are some passages that speak of this fire that purifies (I Cor 3,15; I Pd 1,7). The second book of Maccabees 12,46 speaks of Judas, who offered sacrifices in expiation for the sins of the deceased.

When Purgatory is mentioned, it does not concern those welcomed to Heaven or condemned to hell, it is not yet a place, but a state where purification is possible.

Thus, as in our prayers, prayers, Masses and in our fasts we are purified, those who have died can not do anything for themselves.

If those who have died can not do anything for themselves, what can the living do for those who have already left?

How to Pray for Those Who Have Died
We believe in the communion of saints and in Baptism that unites us to Christ. By means of prayers, sacrifices and, especially, by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist we pray for the deceased, for those who left us.

Finally, brothers, this is our Catholic faith.

Let us confidently live our Christian life in the constant and persevering search for holiness. Let us, with great effort, announce Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and pray for those who have departed, for deceased relatives and friends.

Let us also pray for those who have died forgotten, lost or abandoned, so that they may be purified by the fire of the Lord and come to His Kingdom.


Father Marcio do Prado

Father Márcio do Prado, born in São José dos Campos (SP), is a priest in the Canção Nova Community. Ordained on December 20, 2009, whose priestly motto is “Do it to them” (Mt 7:12), Father Márcio studied Philosophy at the Canção Nova Institute in Cachoeira Paulista; and Theology at the Mater Dei Institute in Palmas (TO). Twitter: @padremarciocn

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Apr 262018

Translation: Stay Strong My Child

We only get temper when we fight.
Our life is a battlefield, because, every day, we fight a hand-to-hand struggle with sin. It’s the testing we’ve been through. If we fight and win, we get tempered like the sweet steel that passes through the fire. If we yield to sin, we will always be soft and brittle steel that resists nothing because it is not tempered. We only get tempered when we fight and dominate sin in our own flesh. In other words, it is through this wonderful decision to dominate and overcome sin every day, that we become tempered.

God bless you!

Your brother, Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Apr 252018

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author: Yelkrokoyade (date: 2014-12-30 10:46:40), CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Let the Good Shepherd heal our wounds and let His life be in us.
“The thief only comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly “(John 10,10).

We continue to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who guides, guides, directs, the lives of His sheep. Today, the Good Shepherd warns us that there is a thief who steals the sheep. And why does this thief steal the sheep? He kills, steals, and destroys the sheep.

It is important to understand that the enemy of our soul is a thief, he steals the souls that belong to God. He wants to rob us that we no longer belong to God, and then he kills and destroys the life of God that is in us. The thief tears away the grace of God that is within us, but he only does it if the sheep are seduced, if she lets herself be stolen from the lap of God.

When we are in Jesus, the thief of this world does not have the power to steal, kill or destroy us, because the Good Shepherd cares for and does not neglect us. Sometimes pastors are distracted and deluded by other occupations and concerns, but our Good Shepherd does not. He watches over, cares for us at all times, even when we run from Him.

The Good Shepherd awaits us, He runs after us. He wants to get us out of the hands of the evil one, the one who robs us of God, the one who presents deceptive, deceitful attractions that pull us out, pull us.

Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed from the lap of Jesus, let us not be taken from the fold of Jesus because the thief does not come as a thief; rather, he arrives with options to draw us. And when we wish to return, the heart is ruined, broken, lost grace, taste, taste for the things of Heaven.

Let the Good Shepherd, who came to give us life in abundance, to the full, to care for us, to heal our wounds and to have His life in us.

God bless you!

Fr Roger Araujo

 Posted by at 01:01
Apr 242018

translation: The Faith Makes Us Stronger

God always comes to our rescue
I have been impressed by the figure of Abraham in the Bible: the man who lives constantly with the God of the impossible. He has learned God’s way to the point of no longer doubting his promises. He came to call the place where the Lord spared His son from the death of “The Lord will provide,” such was the confidence in His help. Abraham not only believed in the existence of God, but tried to be His friend.

This is how it is with us: we live by experiencing the Lord daily in our lives and when we feel need, He comes to our rescue.

I see that, in the present day, God helps in the same way: in this time of crisis and necessity, miracles happens. In your life the God of the impossible will also provide, because He acts, just that we put ourselves into action, doing our part. The Lord bless you!
Your brother,

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

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Apr 232018

The Lord uses every suffering for our salvation

Ricardo Ida. Photo: Jorge Ribeiro /

The Word of God shows us the Lord’s desire to heal us, to free us and to take us out of the grave. Biblically speaking, the words “heal and save” have the same meaning, because Jesus came back to save lost humanity.
In the Word of God, according to Ezekiel, Jesus promises that he will take us out of the tomb. And when God promises, He fulfills!

God does not rejoice in the sorrow of His children, so He is not joking with us. Many ask, “Why does God allow so many people to suffer?” God has nothing to do with this story, because He did not create death.
The suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross has become the raw material in the hands of God for our salvation. The Lord uses every suffering for our salvation.

St. Paul said that where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Even in our effort is the grace of God; it is at this point that our cooperation enters.

What “death” is this that God is speaking to us about? What “death” is this that causes people so much sadness?

St. Augustine said that the cause of sadness is sin, so the “death” that Jesus is speaking to us is sin. God gives us

grace, He sent us His Holy Spirit, He gave us the Sacraments, He gave us the Church, just to get us out of this death. It is precisely from the death of sin that the Lord came to set us free.

We lack hope, we do not find strength and motive to fight. The Word of God shows us the way out of what makes us slaves.

Many people do not like to hear about mortal sin, but there is no deliverance if we continue in sin. The doctrine of the Church is the truth that has the power to free us from every thought of death. It is precisely with the experience of the truth that we leave the grave.

Many have not yet lived the experience of the Resurrection. Do not blame God; it is not his fault, for he who commits mortal sin submits himself to Satan. When we sin gravely, sanctifying grace is lost and without it we remain in death; and when the final death comes we will go to hell.

God wants to take us away from everything that makes us take risks. I feel such great pain when I see the worldliness that has entered the lives of Christians.  Will we be dead because of the lie; for having a false life?

Jesus is calling, “Come out!” He is the way, let us forsake sin. There is no new life without a firm decision.

The “lukewarm Christian” will not experience the power of the Resurrection; the “lukewarm Christian” will not experience liberation. If we continue to be worldly Christians, we will not leave the grave.

Truth has the power to pluck us out of darkness. Without fasting, without mortification, there is no way to get out of the grave. Let’s dive in the truth!


Ricardo Ida


 Posted by at 01:01
Apr 042018

Translation: Faith Makes Us Stronger

God acts in all situations of our life, in fact, He takes care of us!

When we decide to follow Jesus, many persecute us. We do not need to fear those who persecute us, those who are against God, for these, as we know, are our declared “enemies.”

We must fear those who sit at table with us, go to Mass and spend all our time with us as “friends”, but they are false, the “false masters”, who poison us little by little.

It is good to know that a simple book can be a great richness for our life. Books God uses himself to prepare us well in every aspect of our life. They prepare us and enable us to live the way of thegood. Alone we can not do it; with our family and with our friends we will not be able to, but with the Word of God it is possible. Let’s make a proposal on this day. Take a Bible passage and meditate on it during the day. You will see that wonderful experience bears fruit. May the Lord bless you!
Your brother, Wellington Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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