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Jul 172018
 

translation: “Love bends, but does not break!”

The Word of God prepares us for the second coming of Jesus

In the formation of the and holy in us, we rely on the Word of God, the light of our walk. We need to assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice, because we do not seek an earthly and transient perfection, but an eternal one, in the likeness of Jesus, the Son of God.

The Word is the effective means of convincing ourselves that God has placed us in the world to know Him, to love Him and to reach Heaven. With the Word we have the Eucharist, which transform us in the living Christ.

Monsignor Jonas Abib tells us: “The Church makes us proclaim: ‘As we live in hope, we await the coming of the Savior Christ’ and she calls us to ask in every Eucharist : ‘Come, Lord Jesus’, she herself stirs up in us the joyful expectation of the Lord at His second coming. “

Jesus I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago 
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jul 162018
 

Translation: “Stay strong my child”

The foundation of our faith must be in God

Often God works wonders in our lives. He improves economic situations, rebuilds marriages, heals diseases. But, unfortunately, many just support their faith only in this: they only believe if God does what they want.

This is not right! We have the example of Paul, who had many disappointments with his people and with the high priest, but still, he continued to trust in God. The foundation of his faith was not in people, but in God alone. So he was not disappointed.

His brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib 
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jul 132018
 
 

“I counted my years and I discovered that I will have less time to live from what I have lived until now.” (Mário de Andrade)

Since we do not know how much time we still have is how we come across time, increasingly lacking it .So the question, how inviolable is your time?

We have urgency in so many things, in solving problems, in finding people, in making money, in being recognized, in being promoted, in being understood, that we end up being threatened by a feeling of being without time for anything.

Are we aware that right now we can be investing in our time, or simply passing through it? Today, in this time that is ours, our future is being planted.

We need to allow healthy choices for our lives, for the time we have. Our life is a very brief second , said St. Therese of the babyChild Jesus. We only have today to love, to read a good book, to forgive, to listen to a good song, to tell the truth, to embrace whom we love, to love, to let ourselves be loved and to let ourselves be found by God: He who is the Lord of time .

Living is a challenge and we can not violate this wonderful gift. God has given us time for every thing and we need to enjoy it in the best possible way. We must not lose sight of the fact that our life on this earth is always the time to sow good seeds.

Photo Wesley Almeida

Today, you and I are called to do as in GPS, recalculate the route, give a new time for our time, for our life.

We cannot let life simply roll, we can ot let them throw seeds at us that destroy the “earth” of our heart, our existence. The world today is loaded with quick alternatives, but I have understood, it is necessary to live in time. How long have you been living today? They say that shortcuts do not always lead us somewhere.

Jesus in the gospel says, “If any of you want to build a tower, do you not sit first to calculate the expenses, to see if you have enough to finish?” (Luke 14:28).

We need to learn from Jesus, we must do the calculations, recalculate the route, sometimes have the courage to go back. Sometimes, to take a step forward and so on, successively. What is important, as my Father Founder Msgr. Jonas Abib says, is not to park.

For you who are a Christian, the cross that has been given to redemption is the cross of each day, we can not resist it. However, we can make it a way of life, truly fulfilled and happy. Without neglecting the challenges, the tribulations, the humiliations, the misunderstandings, but seeking to make of these times a strong time of encounter with the same people and with the God that takes care of us.

Let’s recalculate the route together? We still have time, this moment!

God bless you!

A hug,

Daniele Santos.

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Jul 122018
 

“So also those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to the faithful Creator, doing good” (1 Pet 4,19)

One of the most opportune moments to do God’s will well is when trials, the crosses of life, reach us. If God allows this to happen, He will certainly know how to use them for our good and strengthen us for spiritual combat.Therefore, the apostles have always encouraged the faithful to confront them with courage. St. Peter says:

“Dear friends, do not be troubled in the fire of trial, as if something extraordinary happens to you. On the contrary, rejoice in being partakers of the sufferings of Christ … “(1Pt 4,12).

And he teaches that trial will bring us to perfection:

“The God of all grace, who hath called you in Christ to his eternal glory, after having suffered a little, will perfect you, make you steadfast, strengthen you” (1 Peter 5,10).

It is important to trust God in the hour of suffering and not to be disturbed in the fire of trial. Do not be exasperated, do not lose peace and calm, for this is exactly what the tempter desires. An agitated soul is at his pleasure. It cannot pray, it’s angry, sulky, sad, unkind to others, and it’s depressed.

The antidote to all this is the humble acceptance of God’s will at the very moment when something unpleasant occurs to us, immediately giving glory to God, as St. Paul teaches:

“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). For, “all things work together for the good of them that love God” (Rom 8:28).

 

It is necessary to do this great and difficult exercise of giving glory to God in adversity. A simple way is to glorify God, often praying “Glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit …” until the soul calms down and gives up 
to the care of God.

This attitude is very pleasing to God, because it is the expression of the pure faith of those who abandon themselves to their care. It is like the faith of Mary and Abraham that they “waited against all hope” (Heb 11: 17-19) and thus pleased God exceedingly.

There are times in life that a solution to the problem seems impossible; It’s just this hour, when everything is in 
failure, that God acts when we have faith.

One day I was traveling to the United States. I was to arrive in New York and take another plane to Boston, where I would preach two retreats. When I arrived in New York I faced a huge immigration line, and I realized that I would not have time to move from the airport to catch the flight to Boston, where someone was already waiting for me. I was anxious.

I began to pray in the midst of anguish. I invoked God, the intercession of the saints, of the Virgin Mary without ceasing. When, after two hours in the immigration line, thinking that it would not give more time, the line began to move fast and we were attended to. After the desk service, we quickly picked up our bags and took a taxi. The other airport – La Guardia – was far away and the heavy traffic, I was asking God that his angels would open the way for us; we arrived in time at the company’s ticket desk to check-in. But behold, it was not that terminal of embarkation; we then had to take a bus to the new terminal; it seemed impossible to catch the flight to Boston. At great cost we arrived at the new booth, which was empty, we immediately checked in, a favor, and we rushed to boarding. When we got there the passengers were boarding and with them we were able to leave. I was sure I would not have the time, but God’s grace provided.When all else fails, God acts when we have faith.

Job was very pleased with God because in the midst of all trials, having lost all his goods and all his children, he still knew how to say in faith:

“Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, naked will I return. The Lord gave, the Lord took away; blessed be the name of the Lord “(Job 1:21).

The saints affirm that one “blessed be God!” Pronounced from the heart, in the midst of the fire of trial, is better than a thousand acts of thanksgiving when all goes well.

Also note: Patience in trials – James 1,2-12

The divine gardener of our soul knows the methods that he must employ to cleanse every soul. Do not be alarmed by the prunings that the divine Gardener makes in the garden of your soul. St. Teresa says that she heard Jesus say to her:

“Know that the dearest people of my Father are those who are most afflicted with the greatest sufferings.”

And so he asserted that he would not trade his sufferings for all the treasures of the world. I was sure that 
God hallowed her by trials. The saint went so far as to say that “when someone does good to God, the Lord pays him some cross.”

For us these words seem absurd, but not to the saints, who knew all the salvific power and sanctifying grace of suffering. St Paul said that:

“Our tribulations for the moment are light and prepare us a for eternal glory” (cf2 Cor 4,17). Let us learn from them. Let us fight for holiness!

Retrieved from the book: “Como Fazer a Vontade de Deus?” [How to Do the Will of God?]. Prof. Felipe Aquino. Ed. Cléofas.

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Jul 112018
 

Jim Murphy prega durante o Encontro Nacional de Formação (ENF)

It is in Jesus, first of all, that our accomplishments are for a happy walk

Happiness is Jesus Christ.

Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14: 6). The Lord, today and always, is the way we must follow, the truth we must take and the life that gives us life. It is in Jesus, first, that our accomplishments are for a happy walk.

Thus, to walk happy is to walk with Jesus, because He is the fullness of everything that we seek in our life. If you are sad, depressed, discouraged, distressed, lost or even desperate today, the solution is to redirect your vision to Jesus. Now, if you are already in Christ and still remain meaningless and disoriented in your life, know that nothing and no one has the power to make you unhappy when there is a decision in you every moment for the true happiness that is Jesus.

Decide yourself, walk happily. On this journey, persevere in truth and in life, for to be in Jesus Christ, day after day, is to follow in happiness towards the heavenly homeland: Heaven.

God bless you 
Márcio Leandro

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Jul 102018
 

Often many lack maturity to overcome obstacles and differences in dating

Dating is a beautiful phase of life, in which two souls meet in the desire to realize the deep yearning for one day to live for one another, to beget children and to be happy. It is a longing that God has placed in the heart of every man and woman; however, this beautiful time can turn into a sad step in the lives of many who do not know how to face their problems with courage and wisdom. These problems should not discourage those dating , as many of them can be avoided if, before they start dating, they have a good reciprocal knowledge, obtained by a good friendship before dating.

When I wrote the book ‘Namoro‘ [Dating], I had the feeling that it would not be read by young people, because in it I speak of responsible dating, without sexual life among others. But I was wrong. It was a great surprise for me and a great joy to see, after so many years, that, of all the books I have written, this is the most read by them.

What are the main questions that arise in dating

Illustrative Photo: LittleBee80 / by Getty Images

My wife and I received hundreds of letters and emails from young people asking us for guidance on dating, engagement and their problems. That’s why we wrote ‘Problemas No Namoro‘ [Problems in Dating], an attempt to complete the first book on this subject and bring a little more thought and guidance on the most common problems that arise in the life of those in a courtship.

We analyzed more than a thousand letters and e-mails from young people reporting their problems and asking for guidance; From these testimonies, we write this work. We think that, by answering these questions, we can give a more objective and direct word to young people.

How to live the dating time?

We are deeply concerned about the lack of maturity that exists in courtship and engagements; many of which only turn into sexual relationships , often leading to pregnancy, abortion, or even an immature marriage that lasts only a short time. This is causing the family to fall apart, the children are running out of parents, and their education and education are being harmed.

The problems in dating , naturally, arise, because two different people suddenly meet and start a walk together. This walk is not always easy. There are many problems: betrayal , difference in religion, difficult relationship with parents, age difference, doubts about the other person, disagreements and fights in dating , different temperaments, doubts and insecurities in dating, relationships too long or too short, jealousy, boyfriend’s family, age differences, dating traumas, dating and religion, religion difference, single parent or dating, dating someone who has already been married, online dating , dating, dating , sex and more.

Questions

Many are the questions: Who to date? Can the boyfriend of my dream be the boyfriend I have? When to date? How to date? Staying and dating? Should I continue my courtship? Why do not I have a boyfriend? When to get married?

These are some of the problems that hundreds of young people have told us about and that we have been able to analyze in 14 chapters of the book. As I said, it is normal for problems to arise during this [dating] period; because it is the stage in which each one will know the other and this is not always easy. From this knowledge comes the great decision to continue or not the relationship, which may turn into marriage in the future.

From Dating to Marriage

If there are insurmountable impasses, the couple should not insist too much on continuing the courtship and enter the road to a marriage at any cost. This can be destructive to the lives of both. The problems must be faced with lucidity, courage, honesty and, above all, with sincerity.

The essential values ​​of each can not be overlooked; you can not give them up, especially when it comes to moral and religious values .

Every marriage is a courtship that worked ; and this only happens when there is a convergence of the essential values ​​of each one. Therefore, in front of them, one can not “cover the sun with the sieve”. If the obstacle is insurmountable, the relationship can cease, the friendship can be maintained and each one go on a new journey.

On the other hand, if the divergences are secondary, to problems that can be corrected with presence and love, this must be done and it is very beautiful. The greatness of a dating is measured especially by the ability of each to make the other grow. This is already a marriage training for the two.

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Felipe Aquino

Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. In TV Canção Nova, presents the program “School of Faith” and “Ask and Answer”, Radio presents the program “In the Heart of the Church”. In the weekends prega deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic formation by the publishers Cléofas, Loyola and Canção Nova. Page of the teacher: www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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