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May 222018
 

Translation: Stay strong, my child

He is the God of our life.
In worship, God wants to re-educate each of us, his children, to live this experience, to draw us to Himself and teach us the way we should go. Through adoration, we recognize that in God is our own origin, that in Him is all that we need and from Him everything comes. Our life is in His hands and we must be submissive to Him. He is the God of our life! Through adoration, each person recognizes the greatness and majesty of God and his littleness before the greatness of our God. Each person knows that he does not deserve to remain in the presence of God, but in His Merciful love, He welcomes us and loves us. We are driven to empty ourselves. It is truly this that accomplishes worship: it causes us to die to proclaim that God is the first, the only, the Lord and King.

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

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May 212018
 

Our life of faith also needs to go through the whole process of spiritual conditioning
In a football match, the corner is used to restart a match. During a soccer match, there are many times when it is necessary to restart the game. And in our spiritual life? When do I need to restart the walk? When do I need to start over? When do we need to break with sin?

Illustrative photo: Wesley Almeida / cancaonova.com
In the game of life, we seek victory over sin. We run, we sweat, we dribble the adversary and want, together with our brothers, to be the champions in the team of sanctity. But we can not always achieve the trophy of life over death. Often we are unprepared. We lack more intensive training so that we can enter the field and overcome the forces of evil. Every player goes through this process: before entering the field for a soccer match, he undergoes rigorous

training: he studies the opponent’s tactics, rehearses moves and seeks a favorable physical conditioning in the field. Without this rigorous training, victory is virtually impossible to achieve.
Some rules to win
Our life of faith also has to go through the whole process of spiritual conditioning to put the sin of a corner and restart a new move in favor of holiness. For our performance in the field of life to be favorable, some rules to win are fundamental:
1) Prayer life: dribble against laziness with your willpower and discipline, invest in daily moments of prayer. Make them your victory against discouragement. Be the top scorer of the championship of life and score many goals against sin!
2) Cultivate patience: if you missed the move or something stole your peace, if you scored a goal in favor of sin, do not be discouraged! Win the game for the fight of holiness with faith! Be persistent in seeking victory and win again. Always look for the main purpose of your field in life. Your goal is to be holy, but be assured that to be a saint you must first learn to be human. For this reason, make it a goal to act against the lack of patience with yourself.
3) Have friends who pursue the same goals as you. Unity is strength, and true friends lead us to the ways of God. In the field of life, only the team that learns to share the bids and play in union will be victorious. Join your friends and make a barrier against sin. Alone, we can do nothing; but when we share the difficulties, no play of sin can overcome our barriers.

4) Enjoy your time well: avoid making fouls, as many of them can cause a penalty. This way, you are more likely to take a goal without need! Play with wisdom and confidence, but without being aggressive. Make time your friend to achieve victory. Whoever wins a game only by faults . . . his plays against sin have no strength, but feed them even more.
5) Put  sin of a corner: restart a new match in the field of faith whenever you need it. In the game of holiness against sin, we always have the opportunity to start over. There is no need to force a yellow card before the opponent. Be the champion of love, the keeper of hope and the coach of wisdom in victory against sin!

Father Flávio Sobreiro

Fr. Flávio Sobreiro is a parish vicar of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, in Santa Rita do Sapucaí Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Pouso Alegre. He is the author of the book “Amor Sem Fronteiras” [Love With Borders] by Editora Canção Nova. To know more about Fr. Sobreiro

and follow other reflections, go to: facebook.com/peflaviosobreiro

 Posted by at 14:02
May 162018
 

Translation: Stay strong my child.

We need to come to Heaven as the image and likeness of God
God shapes us with the problems we face in our home. It is then that the Lord is chiseling you: in the difficulties you pass  through, even between husband and wife. In fact, we are thick with selfishness, wickedness, pride; of so many other things and it is not easy to break it all. In fact, we are really in need of repentance! God forms us in the workshop of life. God knows there is a lot of badness in us. The only way to get it out is by breaking us and cutting into the workshop of life. My bad ways, my pride and selfishness must be sanded off now in this life because there will be no other. Either God forms you in the workshop of this life, or you will get to Heaven unprepared. We need to come to Heaven as God’s image and likeness, so that our life can fit in and enter the life of God.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib

 Posted by at 06:41
May 152018
 

Our Lady helps us overcome the difficulties of life
My story with the Mother of Jesus began with Our Lady of Fatima. I was born in the parish of Nossa Senhora de Fátima do Imirim in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. She welcomed me because my birth was done at home. I lived in this same house until I got married. I was born on the day of St. John the Apostle, the one who adopted Our Lady as mother, after the death of his Son Jesus.

Credit: CN file

I remember the time as a child, of the Hail Marys that I prayed in the houses, in the streets of the neighborhood or in the parish, where many prayed the rosary; in fact, just as we say that in the Canção Nova, it was Mary who did everything. We can say that Our Lady of Fatima made the neighborhood Imirim, because everything began after the construction of the Church.

Moment of pain: the death of my father
At six years of age, I lost my father, who drowned in a pilgrimage that our parish held in Salto de Itu. Father Constâncio Dalbezio, Vicar General, came to give us the painful news. During the wake, I remember, without understanding much, that I slept in the house next door, listening to the Hail Marys.

The burial was after carrying the casket, along the main avenue of the Imirim district. Praying the Hail Marys, the body of my father, Francisco, was transported to the cemetery after passing in front of the Church of Our Lady of Fatima. It was the farewell of a son, who was often an electrician of the Church and sang country songs at parties. He was from the Brotherhood of the Blessed Sacrament.

Our Lady of Fatima and the spiritual and material help of the Consolata missionary priests were the strength and the encouragement for my mother. Even though I had to work as a maid and take care of the house and the children, my mother found time to participate in the Legion of Mary and visit the sick.

All my youth I spent working in this Parish of Our Lady of Fatima. I owe the Blessed Mother very much in my vocation as mother, wife, educator and teacher of my children.

Today, I can shout with you from the Canção Nova family to the four corners of the world: “I am consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima”!

Thank you, Our Lady of Fatima, for your presence in my life since my birth.

Marina Adamo

 Posted by at 01:01
May 142018
 

translation: Stay strong, my child

The Lord wants us to surrender without conditions. . .We need to surrender unconditionally to God so that He will do His will in us. The will of God is the best for us. It was He who created us, it was not us who created us. It was He who loved us and brought us to life. He made us unique and continues to make us, because he knows what we ask and where we will be placed.

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

 Posted by at 10:18
May 112018
 

 

Translation: The Faith Makes Us Stronger

The only hope that proves effective is that which we place on the Creator
The human being can not live without hope. There are individual hopes that reflect our more specific yearnings; reflect the needs contained in our personal biography. There are also collective hopes, which are the ones that make us try to build a better world, that lead us to follow this or that philosophy, to join this or that group of activists or volunteers. But one thing is certain: if our hopes are grounded in a faith in man, the result is one – frustration. The only hope that proves effective and guaranteed in its results is that which we place on the Creator, the Father; in the Savior, Jesus; in the Comforter, the Holy Spirit – in the One and Triune God. Today is a day of renewing our hope in Jesus. Shall we do this together? The Lord bless you!
Yourbrother,

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

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