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Nov 242017
 

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Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, affirms that: “the Supreme Pontiff is especially guided by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit when canonizing saints.” The Church believes in that, although this fact has not been formally proclaimed as dogma.

The Church teaches truths of faith through Her Magisterium, which is classified in two dimensions:

  • ORDINARY MAGISTERIUM. These are the truths and articles of faith and morals uniformly taught by all Bishops all around the world in perfect communion with the Pope.
  • EXTRAORDINARY MAGISTERIUM. This only happens in special cases and has two expressions: definitions issued by Ecumenical (Universal) Councils and definitions issued ex-cathedra by the Supreme Pontiff. The latter happens exclusively in case there are doubts and objections concerning articles of faith.

It is worth noticing that not all dogmas of faith need formal definition by the Pope. The whole of the Creed is dogmatic. Vatican Council II clearly declared that:

“And this infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer willed His Church to be endowed in defining doctrine of faith and morals, extends as far as the deposit of Revelation extends, which must be religiously guarded and faithfully expounded” (Lumen Gentium # 25).

 

This excerpt from the Constitution Lumen Gentium clearly defines that the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church are as valid and important as the Apostolic Tradition and the Bible, when properly and correctly interpreted by the Magisterium.

The Church knows that Her mission is to continue Christ’s Mission and to teach Christ’s Truth. Vatican Council II affirms that:

“Inspired by no earthly ambition, the Church seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of the befriending Spirit. And Christ entered this world to give witness to the truth (John 18, 37), to rescue and not to sit in judgment, to serve and not to be served (Matthew 20, 28)” (Gaudium et Spes # 3).

Saint Ambrose (died 397 A.D.), the great Bishop who baptized Saint Augustine, clearly expressed the great importance of the truth of faith taught by the Church:

“In the beginning signs were given to those who did not believe. Nevertheless, in the plenitude of the Church, we ought to understand the truth. Not through signs anymore, but through faith.”

More than ever, the Church needs to give testimony of the truth, for everything points at the fact that we have finally arrived to those times announced by Saint Paul:

“For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths” (The Second Letter to Timothy 1, 3-4).

 

Saint Paul affirms that these false teachings are “false doctrines” (The First Letter to Timothy 1, 3) and “demonic instructions” (The First Letter to Timothy 4,1).

Saint Peter has alerted the first communities of the Church since the beginning of his ministry against the hazardous “sects” and false doctors that more than ever abound at present.

“There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who ransomed them, bringing swift destruction on themselves” (The Second letter of Peter 2, 1).

These hazardous sects, according to the Pope, “are spreading all through South America like a big oil spill on the sea”. In order to combat them, it is necessary to evangelize all baptized Catholics so that they can know the truth Christ entrusted to His Church.

Catholics are often ignorant concerning the foundations of their own faith and are easily misled like “infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming” (The Letter to the Ephesians 4, 14).

It is urgent to give “solid food” (The Letter to the Hebrews 5, 12) to God’s people, that true teaching that supports an adult faith prepared to “compete well”, “finish the race” and “keep the faith” (The Second Letter to Timothy 4, 7).

Saint John of the Cross, Saint Theresa’s companion of fight during the Protestant Reformation, left us a very strong and serious advice on the importance of having the Church as the paragon of truth revealed by God:

“Besides the truths revealed by the Church concerning the substance of our faith, there is nothing else to be revealed. Therefore, not only it is necessary to rebuke any new doctrines but also important to be cautious against news that are subtly mingled with the substance of the dogmas.”

Prof 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

 

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Nov 232017
 

Adoração ao Santíssimo durante a Quinta-feira de Adoração na Canção NovaWe are all sinners, we are flawed. There’s no way out! As long as we are in this world, we are subject and prone to sin. But, attention, this is not the most decisive aspect in our lives. The most decisive thing is that we are much more prone to being reunited with God. And still, much more subject to Him. He is the Mercy.


What do we do with our faults and miseries, including those we even have ashamed to remember or confess? Or those we can not stop committing, such as our temperament? There are moments that we look at ourselves and, worn, we think even to give up, not to fight more against sin and to accept it.


There is a song of the priest Zezinho that says: “Sinner I was, sinner I am, sinner I will be; if I do not let God touch my heart. I will only be saved, if God, our Lord; forces me to change my focus. “


Do you know what we can do when we see this condition? Do you know what to do when we see the filth that sin has done and does in us?


We can cast ourselves in the Mercy of God! There is salvation for us only if we do this. First: recognize yourself as a sinner. It is our truth and to recognize it already makes us leave the pride that brings us to sin. Second, recognize yourself to be in need of mercy. It is also our truth and this already takes us away from pride and leads us to humility. Finally, always: throw yourself in the mercy of God. It is our way of salvation. God’s gift to us!
And you? What will you do what with your sin, with your sinful condition?
Mercy is within reach! Let yourself be reached!
God bless you,
Deividson Francisco.

 Posted by at 01:01
Nov 222017
 

Acampamento - Quem como Deus?

The Word of God is a guide to our life.
I learned to find answers in the Bible, I learned that in the Gospels are the greatest teachings to be a good Christian.
I remember that passage where Jesus tells us to build our house on the rock. So are the effects of the Word of God: I build my life on the rock, because I seek the directions in Sacred Scripture.
Where have you been looking for your directions? How long has it been that you have not opened your Bible? We seek answers in many places, but we forget that the greatest advice we can receive has been written over two thousand years ago. Seek the answer in the right place and let the Word of God take effect in your life.
“Let us build our house upon the rock by hearing the word of God.”
His brother,
Wellington Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII
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Nov 212017
 


“I will make you wise, I will show you the way to go; with eyes on you, I will give you counsel “(Ps 32,8 Portuguese).
Each day that we are born, we must make the firm decision to live with quality the time granted by the Lord God. Sometimes, early on, some unpleasant situations happen, but we can not allow bad temper, irritation, sadness and so many other negative feelings to lead and determine the pace of our day.


Instead, let us make a firm decision to live with joy and overcome our limits in God. Let us ask the Lord, “Give me the grace to live all that the Lord has in store for me this day,” for the Lord always has the best for us.
Jesus I trust in you!
Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Nov 202017
 

Stay strong my child

The great provision of God for our times is the Holy Spirit. When a soldier is sent on a mission he goes with a supply, that is, his commander gives him weapons, food, medicines and clothes, all that will be needed for that mission. No commander will send a soldier without giving him the necessary supplies.

Even at home, when a child goes for a walk, the mother prepares his lunch, the clothes and all that is necessary for that day. It’s the provision for that trip. Likewise, in order to face these times in which we are living, and also, this time when Jesus is approaching, we need the Holy Spirit.

We need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we need the promise of Jesus: “… but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1: 5b). You ask yourself, “What do I need to do to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?” It’s as simple as drinking a sip of water, on the other hand, no one can do it for you. It is necessary that you want and take the first step. If you do not “open yourself” to receive the water, no one will do it for you.


God, gave me the grace to receive the Holy Spirit, even if I did not understand it, from the bottom of my heart I wanted this, I was thirsty. But I did not know that it was the grace of the Holy Spirit that I lacked, yet I wanted that “something more.”
That’s why I continually asked for I was thirsty!
God came to my aid and granted me grace.
Ask for the grace of being baptized in the Holy Spirit today!
God bless you!
Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Nov 192017
 

Jesus reminds us that we are the light of the world and we are the salt of the Earth. When we forget that or even reject that, then not only are we not doing any good, we are not doing anything worthwhile for our neighbors around us.

In today’s Gospel we can see that Jesus is showing us that he gives us a treasure for which we are responsible to make a return on His investment in us. If we fail to make a return, even if the return on investment is no less than the original principle, then we have failed in the vocation to be salt and light.

Our second reading today comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. We read this passage at this time of year because the focus is on the end times and at the end of the liturgical year, December 2, we also focus on our own ends.

If you look carefully at this passage, it reveals an often forgotten or even lost understanding of the teaching of our faith.

The more we embrace Christ the more we grow in the wisdom of God. This means that as we grow in the wisdom of God, we see things differently than those who reject God’s wisdom. In fact, we have an understanding of the bigger picture of the way the world works around us than those who do not believe have.

This is where St. Paul reminds us that we are not of darkness nor of night. Keep in mind that darkness in St. Paul means minds that are not enlightened by Christ. They are darkened. This means that the most educated and  smartest person in the world, who also rejects Christ, is one whose mind is darkened, despite his or her status and education.They are incapable of seeing the bigger picture that those in the light can see and incapable of understanding the world through the eyes of faith.

He or she may know skills and theories beyond our ability to understand them but the person still does not see the world through the wisdom of God, which is greater than this.

To grow in the wisdom of God, we need to live our faith in Christ in daily prayer and divinely inspired action. We will see the world through the eyes of faith and when we do, we look at the signs of the times and see them in this context.

Let me give you a great example. Pope St. John Paul II warned back in 1993 that one of the greatest dangers facing our society worldwide is where freedom is set up in opposition to truth. So freedom becomes the greatest treasure of a society, but we learn that when freedom is opposite to truth then it becomes a standard of division not unity.

This US Bishops in their semi-annual meeting this week discussed that next year is the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae which is the document that defined the Church’s  teaching on such things as artificial contraception and marriage. The fruit of rejecting that document and other forms of Catholic teaching is to create a world that separated faith from morality and freedom from truth. This leads to a world that is not rooted in the wisdom of Christ, but in a secular way of thinking. Those families that embrace and live Catholic teaching including Humanae Vitae, according to Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco, have a 2% divorce rate. They embrace the light and produce the fruits of it.

Further, In the wisdom of God what becomes the standard of unity? It is:  charity also known as love.

When this divine oriented love becomes the standard the one fruit is a true freedom which grows in a community, and the community grows in love and peace in Christ. When freedom trumps charity then the community starts to divide because the standard of freedom is defined on an individual basis not a communal basis.

Let me give you an example. One of the greatest freedoms enjoyed in this country is the freedom of speech. I have the freedom to say anything I want, legally, but I, through the wisdom of God, understand that although I have the freedom to say anything, I must in charity only say that which is the best thing to say or I may be in sin for saying which is legal but unholy. As St. Paul commands: “Say only the good things man needs to hear.”

This means that the freedom is there, but does not mean that we should express it outside of charity.

When I obey these words of St. Paul, I grow in my witness to Christ and I am a blessing to the community. When I reject them and live in a community that does the same, I become part of the end of the community through creating factions and divisions.

Those who are not so enlightened will happily express their freedom over charity and they will watch the community in which they live become divided by lack of charity and not understand where the destruction  came from. In fact, any war manual will tell you that the way to defeat a nation is get the people against each other and one of the tactics described is exactly what I just said. Cause division and the nation will weaken and eventually fall. I am sure you realize that there are forces trying to accomplish this in this country as we speak.

A house divided cannot stand and neither can a nation divided.

Those of us who seek to grow in Christ will seek to live in a freedom that is rooted in Christ because we see the bigger picture. We know that a world in division will end, but a kingdom united in Christ will exist forever.  Those who reject Christ are blind to this bigger picture and they will not see the destruction that is coming their way.

This is why we need to understand that we know, what we know and live in that wisdom for the benefit of our loved ones and more. The more we do that, we can easily discern those who are living in light and those who are living in darkness.

This will lead us to live in such a way that we will give the Lord a return on His investment in us which is the salvation of souls. 

God Bless You, 

Fr. Robert J Carr

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