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Jun 282017
 

Adoração ao Santíssimo

We are renewed in the Holy Spirit every day

We need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit every day. Our prayer groups and communities need to be wells to which we return each week, people are in need of the spirit of God.

Our prayer groups and communities need to be like swimming pools where we dive into the Holy Spirit. To get dry, we should plunge into prayer, praise, worship the God to be filled again. All impurity and every contamination arising during the week is cleansed, because we go back to the source, the well, or better still, again we bathe.

We’re ready to start over. We are renewed in the spirit every day, maintaining a life of prayer, of participation in the sacraments of confession and the Eucharist, forsaking all sin, living in charity with the brothers and sisters, feeding the soul with the word of God and working for his Kingdom in Union with the Church and its pastors.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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Jun 272017
 

Adoração ao Santíssimo

Happiness without God is an illusion

If you want to be happy all your life, choose God’s will and do not turn back!

In life we all seek to be happy. Happiness is something that every human being yearns to have and wants for his life, however, happiness without God is an illusion!

We may even have moments of fleeting happiness, but with God even in the midst of sufferings we are happy!

May the Lord bless and help a person be happy doing his Holy will.

An embrace from your brother,
Shahir Rahemane

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Jun 262017
 

Adoração - Procissão com Jesus Eucarístic

In the Victories and Defeats, let us not forget God

Illusion is illusion. Spend your life working, but what’s the point of all this? We are born, we die, and nothing changes. The wind blows to the North and South without getting anywhere. Life is too hard, our eyes don’t tire of seeing nor our ears of hearing. History always repeats itself. Nothing new, everything has already happened.

The book of Ecclesiastes is by a man who, even looking at his victories and defeats, with his pessimism and optimism, his hope and despair, God is not forgotten. We will have to answer to God for all that we live, to what is done in secret, whether good or evil.

The conclusion of the book of Ecclesiastes says rightly: “end of the speech, heard all things: fear God and observe his commandments, this is what it is up to each human being. About all the things you do, God will call in mind all that is hidden, whether good or evil “(Ecl -14 12.13).These are the last two verses of the book of Ecclesiastes, and if we meditate on the entire book, we will see be a copy for our life.

Your brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII 

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Jun 252017
 

Many times when people think of God, they think of sin and redemption. So they learn to avoid sin so that they may go into Heaven. Yes that is part of our Christian life.

 

There are a multitude of teachings on the need to avoid sin and seek to do good. All of which is true, but there is something else that Jesus warned was powerful at leading you away from God that almost no one teaches. I would ask you to find the strongest fire and brimstone preacher and ask him how many times he taught on what Jesus warned would lead us away from Him and I would bet he would rarely preach on it.

 

We find it in today’s Gospel. It is fear and its companion vice anxiety. These are not sins in themselves. No one needs to confess the sin of fear, it is a powerful emotion as is anxiety, but, they can so paralyze us that they can lead us to despair of God’s love for us, paralyze us in our inability to live the faith and so many other things. In fact, the Bible warns us 365 times not to fear.

 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus has just chosen the twelve disciples and now he is giving them instructions on how to live as his Apostles. Notice his first sentence. “Fear no one.”

 

One of the most powerful times Jesus scolds the apostles about being afraid is when he is sleeping in the boat, while the apostles are fishing and a great storm comes upon  them. They in panic wake Him and Jesus gets up and literally shuts off the storm. Immediately, his first words to them are “Why were you afraid?”

 

It is fear that leaves the Apostles to abandon Jesus completely and hide as He is being crucified. It is fear that leads Peter to deny Him and it is fear that leads the Jewish leaders to turn Him over to Pilate to be executed. They were afraid that the Romans would see Jesus as a troublemaker and come in and destroy the whole Jewish state.

 

In fact, the devil’s greatest tool is not temptation it is fear, because fear can paralyze is, leave us to abandon Christ or even just shut us right down.

 

 

What is it that you may fear? In a recent study by Chapman University published in October of 2016, the list of fears basically demonstrated that people fear what they cannot control. It is that factor that could change one’s life immediately that leads people to be in fear of  their government, world and personal lives.

 

The fears are legitimate, but what do we do about them.

 

Remember, Jesus can take the worst that happens to you and change it into a powerful miracle. Ask me about a friend who was diagnosed with cancer or about when my car was stolen, both are powerful stories that do not involve miracles per se, but take a disaster and turn it around.

 

 

If you cannot control it, there is no reason to worry about it happening.

 

It may happen, it may not, but there is nothing you can do to change it.

 

So what can you do about your fears. Go back to Jesus’ words. Trust in Him.

 

The Apostles are being sent by Jesus, they are actually going out as revolutionaries to change the society. They are non-violent revolutionaries who will change the whole world. They will challenge the status quo and they will suffer for it. Jesus does  not warn them against what may happen, but what will happen. He says, nevertheless. Do not be afraid.

 

The same can be said to you. We have a call to challenge our culture by doing nothing more than living our faith, will we challenge people? Yes. Will some reject us?  Perhaps. Our only response is to stay faithful to God and trust in his providence and mercy.

 

But that includes also the daily events of life of which we have no control. Job loss, disease, family problems, we have little control over these, but we do have God’s providence through them. Remember, Jesus teaches us that it is easy to live when nothing is going wrong, but only those who put their faith in Christ and trust in his providence will stand when all goes wrong.

 

St. Pio de Pietraclina, also known as Padre Pio taught: pray hope and never worry. This must always  be our role. No matter what happens we must trust in God  because it is fear that can drive us away from him. But if you trust in him even in the most difficult of circumstances your fears will lead you closer to Him for he will show you his presence in the most stark of circumstances.

 

Never, never fear, it is a command from Jesus. It is his first command once he has appointed his disciples, why? Because fear is the one thing that can stop them, but trust in his providence can help even overcome the most painful and difficult of realities until they enter the kingdom of God and all that it promises.

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 Carrbooks.com. Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

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Jun 232017
 

Saint Peter's Square from the dome“If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others” (The Letter to the Philippians 2, 1-4).

Saint Paul’s words in his Letter to the Philippians show very clearly the practices that wound unity: competition and vainglory. He also prescribes the medicine: humility.

The Apostle exhorts the Corinthians:

“I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose” (The First Letter to the Corinthians 1, 10).

He also insists with the Romans:

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (The Letter to the Romans 15, 5).

How can we possibly glorify God as one heart and with one voice if there is strife among us?

Wounds in the Unity of the Church have always been and shall always be the most painful and harmful wounds in the life of the Church. Separatist groups and new denominations have happened because of human sinful nature. In the words of Origen (184-254):

“Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers” (Origen, Hom. in Ezech. 9,1:PG 13,732 – see CCC# 817).

Saint Ciprian (died 258 AD), Bishop of Cartage wrote one of the best texts about the unity in the Church. He shows how the evil one strives to divide the Church in these words:

 “The enemy was unveiled and defeated by the Coming of the Christ, (and) he schemes new ambushes to deceive naïve people, (hiding) under the Christian name itself. He creates heresies and schisms to subvert faith, corrupt truth and break unity… He steals men from the Church and plunge them into  unconscious darkness, enticing them into misleading thought that they are walking towards the light and getting distance from the secular night. They go on affirming they are Christians but they do not keep Christ’s Good News, His precepts and His laws! They think they have light though they walk in darkness! The seductive and lying enemy, in the words of the Apostle, transforms himself into an angel of light and introduce his ministers as ministers of justice; he announces night as day, eternal loss as salvation, …(and announces) the Antichrist under the Name of Christ; (the evil one) darkens and frustrates truth with subtlety and affirms that true things are illusions. That happens, dearest brothers, because nobody goes back to the origin of truth, nobody goes to its source nor guards the doctrine of heavenly teaching” (excerpt from the text “On the Unity of the Church”).

 

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 page:www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

Jun 222017
 

Acampamento RVJ 2015 - Módulo RadicalWe are passing through this world, and our path is similar to that of Jesus: the way of the cross, because the disciple is not greater than the Master. But we need to be alert to a reality: many of our sufferings are fruits of misuse of our freedom.

We do everything that we want, but we don’t think of the consequences that our attitude will bring to us. God gives us the freedom of choice, because He loves us; So allows us freedom. We are the lord of our own freedom, but we don’t always know how to make right choices, because we are  limited.That’s where we need to be aware that alone we cannot lead our lives. We put our lives in the hands of God. Let Him point us which way we should go.

With God, we don’t run the risk losing ourselves amidst the disappointment and adversity of our day, entering the abyss of indifference and disbelief. We pray with the psalmist: “do not remember our sins of the past, but hurry about us with your kindness, for we are humiliated in extreme” (Psalm 79).

Jesus, I trust in you!

Lucia Santiago
Co-founder of the community Canção Nova

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