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Oct 182017
 

Cavalgada Canção Nova SertanejaBe a loving and fruitful presence, be a disciple of Jesus wherever you are.

“At that time the Lord chose other seventy-two disciples and sent them two by two in front of him to every city and place where he himself was to go” (Luke 10: 1).

 
Today, we celebrate the evangelist Saint Luke. He was a physician, and became a physician of the soul, of the heart, a great disciple, an apostle and preacher of the Gospel. What is the grace that Luke had? The grace to be sent to speak and preach in the name of the Lord and to proclaim His Kingdom.

Everyone who proposes to be a disciple of Jesus goes where He should go. Go in the name of Jesus, in His authority, will speak because of Him.

We need to be disciples of Jesus, we must be the mouth of Him, be His voice and presence where He wants to be present. Let us be this loving and fruitful presence, let us be disciples of Jesus wherever we are. In our work, Jesus must be, for that is where we are sent. So in school, in the family, wherever we may be.

Let’s go out into the world, let’s go on a mission. We are sent by the Lord! If we can, let’s go as two – I’m sure that in your work there is someone else who is Jesus too. Whatever the apostolate, exercise it with love.

I have the grace to celebrate Masses in many departments, companies, public agencies, where people gather to celebrate the presence of the Lord. I always say, “It’s not proselytism to stand for religion. It is the place of being leaven, light and the presence of God where He wants to be. Do not be the one who is a Christian only when you go to church. ” “When I’m in church, I’m a Christian, I’m talking about Jesus. I only work here. ”

No! Enjoy the time, the opportunity, that lunchtime, the conversation. Instead of sowing gossip, discord, speak ill of the boss, of the colleague, speak badly of the other, announce Jesus, proclaim the love of Him, proclaim that among us the love of Him everything wins. Otherwise, our own work environment becomes the most depressing place in the world, the places where which are a real burden for us.

If we take Jesus where we are, there He will be present, because we are His presence.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

 

 Posted by at 07:39
Oct 172017
 

A malefice (aka curse) will always be a mode of contact with the Devil.

“Someone made a curse against me what should I do? First, we need to define what a malefice or a curse is 
Regardless of the name applied here, the meaning does not change, and I will cite what Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori says in his Theologia Moralis:
“Malefiction is the power to do evil to others, thanks to a covenant and with the help of the demons.”
Father Gabriele Amorth says that the word Malefice itself is a generic word, but it is always the term that one uses when one person seeks the devil to harm another.

In general, malicious effects are performed using certain types of objects, rituals and animal sacrifices.There are many reasons why people seek out a sorcerer, etc to do evil and cast the devil on a particular person or situation. The reasons are the most diverse: To cause some kind of division and separation in marriage or affective relationship; to help in a loving relationship, to cause some people to become ill or to be healed, curses of death, Ill-effects for someone for something to go wrong in their business; curses that affect one psychologically or bring spiritual disturbances to a person … And then I could describe several more things … In fact the name of malefice is directly linked to the intention of the person to ask for that evil.

The materials used depend a lot on the intention for which the person is doing that Malice, but in general they are: Hair, nails, person’s clothes, photographs, some personal object of the person, alcoholic beverages, animal viscera, dead animals, blood, candles , dolls representing the person, blood, cigars, cigarettes and many other things …

The first important thing to know is that a Malefiction will only work against a person if God allows it.
Yet it is possible that a curse has an effect on the life of a person, or on the situations for which the Malefice was commissioned.
This is really a mystery … But in the vast majority of times the virus only has its effect for those who are living a life outside the grace of God …

The second thing is that: He who uses the devil, or sorcerer, and also the one who commissioned the devil, will always be the first to be harmed by the devil. In general, these are directly harmed by some sort of diabolical influence, obsessive and compulsive temptations, vices in general, and physical ailments.

The third thing that I think it is fundamental to know: There is no way to prove that someone did or did not do a curse for someone else. Even if you think it was your neighbor, your mother-in-law, someone from your job who does not like you and things like that … That would be a mistake and a terrible mistake to pursue that line of thinking or to assume that to be true. 

The Devil likes to cause divisions in this sense, making people think that others have done some kind of evil for a certain reason.
And in that moment this does not really matter!

So what if you suspect you’ve been so bullied?

Use exactly the logic contrary to the malefice. If the curse is using the devil to do evil; you must draw close to God so that He, the SUPREME GOOD, can act in your life, breaking and overcoming all the Devil’s action.

You need to cultivate and create a life of more intimacy with God, be more faithful in prayer, being more with Him. Not because you want to get rid of the evil that one did, but because He is God and thus you need to experience Him in your daily life. 
Therefore, I always advise people who write to me symptoms of spiritual problems, and who actually appear to be suffering something spiritual, to begin a path in God and to God.

Firstly, seek repentance of your sins and seek a Priest to make a good confession … Then the most important thing is the Holy Mass on Sundays and whenever possible on weekdays. Pray the Holy Rosary, fast and do penance.  Every day read and meditate on the Word of God for a few minutes. It is important to look for small moments of worship in a church or a chapel if possible, this is very important when it comes to a process of liberation.

Find a Prayer Group in which you can participate weekly, this will help you grow in your spirituality.

If you or someone you know is being affected directly by this curse. . . you can do all that I have recommended above, seek a Priest or a good Ministry of Deliverance through a priest, so you can be followed more closely.

But there are no magic formulas in Christianity, that by fulfilling certain “rituals” and certain things you will be forever free from Evil. In Christianity there is a love relationship of a Father to us his children, and this love needs to be cultivated and empowered by us …

The more we are of God, the more are consistent in our prayer and devotions, the more we exercise works of charity; the harder will it be for any evil action to come upon us.

All of us will always be tempted, sometimes stronger temptations, sometimes less strong … But this is the “routine” action of the Devil and not even Jesus was preserved from this …

But of any kind of other actions coming from malefices and curses and such; surely these are dealt  enough with a life in God!

God bless you!
Danilo Gestaldo

 Posted by at 01:01
Oct 162017
 

We need to be determined, we need to let go of this “more or less” life. The decision to break away from sin is up to us, and God is willing, with all His grace, to deliver us from sin. Let us decide: “For today I will not sin anymore.” This is the first position of every combatant: to break with sin and then, with each new day, to say “for today no”. For today I will not sin anymore! We need to fight and get to Heaven, for there is the abode of the determined; while hell is for the soft, weak and undecided. If we fall during the walk, the secret is repentance. Let us immediately repent, for we have a defense counsel before the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous. He was the victim of atonement for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the whole world. Through His righteousness, as long as we repent and take on a new life, we can walk with the certainty that we are responsible for a family that will live in Heaven.

Monsenhor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

 Posted by at 01:01
Oct 022017
 

Daniela Miranda. Photo: Paula Dizaró

Be brave, do not be afraid.
Daniela Miranda. Photo: Paula Dizaró
How is the Lord’s Mercy in our lives? It is carried from generation to generation. Let us repeat these words described in the diary of St. Faustina number 449: “I am your mother by the infinite mercy of God. The soul that faithfully fulfills the will of God is the one that pleases me the most. Be brave, do not be afraid of illusory difficulties, but set your eyes on my son’s passion and you will conquer.

What does courage mean? Courage does not mean absence of fear, but rather, to act even in the face of fear because trusting in the Lord we will move forward. The deeper we delve into the Lord’s Mercy, the closer we come to the Merciful Jesus.

In I Samuel 17, the episode of Goliath is told. Every day we face many Goliaths in our lives. What is our Goliath? What are we facing that is too big? Are we struggling to win?

On the other side we have David who was very small but had the courage to face the challenges. To be brave we must assume who we are and the qualities that God has given us. This is how we will serve the Lord, so let us enter confidently in combat with the gift that God has given us.

Often people will tell us words that discourage us, but we can not be discouraged and we must have the courage to say and do everything with humility and trust in God.

Most of the time we want to win battles using weapons, but we need to overcome them by proclaiming trust in Jesus.

Courage is linked to trust, because when we are with a confident heart we have the courage to face the daily challenges. In the face of  difficulties, the enemy wants to deceive us, but when we face obstacles with confidence in Jesus, a stone is enough to overcome.

Our confidence grows as we move forward in prayer, so it is important to have a life of prayer.

Daniela Miranda

Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

Sep 292017
 

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At the memorable night of the Last Supper, Jesus Christ once more told His Apostles:

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (John 14, 25-27).

What outstanding guarantee of infallibility to the Church! The Holy Spirit “will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.”

How could then the Church be mistaken? To accept the Protestant Reformation that denied the long fifteen-century journey of the Church, daily guided by the Holy Spirit, first you would have to accept that Jesus deceived His Church and lied to Her and He broke His Promise of always helping Her with His Truth. That is impossible! Jesus is the Husband of the Church, He has never abandoned Her nor shall He ever abandon Her up to the end of times!

“Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28, 18-20).

The Protestant Reformation denied the dogmas, the Sacraments, the Church as a Divine Institution, the Sacred Heritage, the Holy Ministry, the Sacred Hierarchy, the sacred Catholic devotions and in brief it denied fifteen centuries of Apostolic Tradition sealed with the testimony of the blood of Martyrs and Confessors and confirmed by the Popes.

Is it possible that all the Apostles were mistaken? Is it possible that all the Martyrs, who gave testimony of Jesus Christ with their own blood, were all mistaken as well? Is it possible that all Popes lied to us? Is it possible that all the saintly Doctors of the Church misled us into wrong pathways of faith?

At present, many Protestant pastors are converting to Catholicism. The American magazine “Sursum Corda!” Special Edition 1996 published an article affirming that during the previous 10 years around 50 American pastors had converted to Catholicism, and many others were in process of conversion at the time. The three most frequent causes for conversion, according to the article, were:

  1. The doctrinal subjectivity reigning in the several Protestant denominations: this is a consequence of the Protestant principle “the only source of faith is the Bible” and “the free analysis” each faithful can perform on its contents, which opens way to many different interpretations of the same article of faith or moral value;
  2. The re-evaluation and study of the documents written by Catholic Popes, that greatly contributed to the correct formulation of Catholic Doctrine: the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Church, the Sacraments, the Grace and so on, and that have been written since the times of the first Apostles up to Saint Gregory Magnus (died 604 A.D.) in the West and Saint John Dalmatian (died 749 A.D.) in the East;
  3. The definition of the Canon of the Bible (its Index), which was not inferred from the Bible itself, but from the oral tradition of the Church. It is the Church that avows the historical credibility of the Bible and not the Bible that avows the legitimacy of any church or denomination as true Herald of God’s Will. Only God can do that. The deep analysis of these issues has revealed the mistakes of Protestantism to several of its pastors (Magazine “Ask and we shall answer” # 419. April 97, pages 146-160).
  1. The guarantee of credibility of the Doctrine of the Church is the Holy Spirit, Who has been the Church’s Professor for over 20 centuries: the dogmas of the Creed, the truths of faith about Virgin Mary, the Sacraments, the Catholic Morals and so on. I firmly repeat: denying the teachings of the Ministry of the Church is equivalent to denying to promises Jesus Christ made to His Apostles during the Last Supper.

 

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

 Posted by at 01:01
Sep 282017
 

If we detect selfishness quickly, we must fight it.

“A great act of love liberates us from selfishness.” I was reflecting on the life of Jesus. He has completely emptied himself, and laid down his life for us, and this is the great act of love for humankind. Jesus spared no effort, was not attached to His life, so He was able to give it for all. This is the great lesson He has given us. I’ve been thinking: How selfish I am, often worried about “my life,” “my plans,” “my things,” I do not look around and do not see the situations that need me the most. Selfishness makes us sick, bitter, makes us abandon people, leaves our soul sick and away from God. Today, let us renounce all selfishness, learn from Jesus to strip ourselves and love without measure.

 

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

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