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Nov 282017
 

Human love touches Heaven and gives us the grace to receive the blessings of the Father
Reading chapter 11 of the Gospel of St. John, which speaks of the resurrection of Lazarus, in verse 33 we can read that Jesus is moved and disturbed, seeing Mary and all the others weeping for the death of Lazarus, then where the body of Lazarus is buried. But why does Jesus have to ask this if He knows everything?
This question serves us, in a different way, however, with the same meaning.
Where does the Lord need to be in your life? What is it that makes you suffer? I can say that He knows, but you must show Him and show Him with love, for love is the beginning of all spiritual and physical healing. Love is the source of freedom.
As Martha and Mary, who go to meet Jesus Christ to find comfort in the death of their brother Lazarus, and are able to move Heaven, we should also be glad to know that Christ, being divine, respects human love and that love touches Heaven and gives us the grace to receive the blessings of the Father.
A big hug,
Geraldo Garcia

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Nov 272017
 
There is no problem without solution, everything can be changed by prayer.

When we stand in the presence of the Lord with a contrite and humbled heart, He pities us and envelops us with His mercy. We need to lift our hearts to God and abandon ourselves into His hands, allowing Him to be the Lord of our lives, because our life does not belong to us, we only administer a gift that is of God.

The Lord was given power in Heaven, on earth and in Hell, so if we cry out His name with purity of heart and right intention, He will calm all our storms and give us the gift of strength, so that in the hour of sorrow and trial let us be steadfast.

There is no problem without solution, everything can be changed by prayer. Our call today is to be men and women of prayer, who let themselves be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming a living spark of the love of God.

Make your life a prayer, and every day you can witness the wonders that the Lord has wrought in it.

The Gospel is alive, so it creates life in us.
God bless you!
His brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community
 
 
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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.

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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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