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Dec 282017

The Importance of Family

At the end of the year various thoughts and feelings invade our life. Longing, joy, loneliness, gratitude, frustration, fulfillment, anxiety and so many other emotions. They are the fruit of thoughts we create without our realizing it. All this is showered with celebrations that celebrate a time, a cycle! Whether at work, at school, with friends, but especially with family. Even if, in your work, you do not celebrate, or at school or college, the cycle ends and the dream party does not take place; at home they will always have something.

The word celebrate has its Latin etymology “celebrare”, which means to honor, to do solemnity, to notice, to perceive. Christmas and New Year, are dates that are repeated year by year and, therefore, there is no way to not perceive the existence of these dates. All express in this time their emotions and concrete gestures of solidarity. It is a time to reflect, to evaluate, to project and to be together. It is at this time of the year that many families come together, be it with good relationships or not so much. But the certainty of remembering the birth of Jesus is salvific for us and thus promotes in every Christian the desire to be better and then to be born again.

This is what we need to promote this year: gather around the family table and together with it celebrate! Celebrate the life and victories of each one; let go of the anguish, heartache, sadness, which are sometimes potentialized in an egocentric way of seeing life. Also, let’s promote forgiveness and peace!

It’s time to be reborn
This is a favorable moment for reconciliation, because the human being in waiting and celebrating “The Child Jesus” opens to the manifestation of God. And, this boy, is born every year in the hearts of those who allow him to be born. It is time to prepare the house for the great feast of birth. And forgiveness is the great cleaning agent we need to clean our home interior. When we forgive, we pass over pride, vanity, self-centeredness, and discover that we can be new men and women, enhanced by having the experience of wanting to live better.

To be around a table with those who inhabit your heart is to say that you love them! Give a smile, a hug, a “Congratulations on the achievements of the year of 2017, “is an act of love. And how to celebrate if the heart is full of hurt and rancor? Here is an opportune moment for reconciliation and celebration. It is the new reality that wants to be inaugurated in the life of each one. A new affection, a new way of seeing life and relating to people. So if you do not get in the habit of dining with your family and family, try it out this year. Share stories, moments and multiply affection at the end of the year!

Aline Rodrigues
Canção Nova Community

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Dec 272017

Acampamento - Quem como Deus?“Blessed is he who endures trial, for once he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12)
The Christian life does not preserve the faithful from the earthly troubles, but gives strength to overcome them firmly.

In life, we will often encounter obstacles, but with Jesus we will always be able to overcome them. Let us remember that sin comes not from God but from man’s freedom to choose good and evil.

Alone, we do not go very far, for we are weakened, but we also are supported by the grace and mercy of God. We stride forward, with courage and full of enthusiasm, until we reach the desired goal.
Wisdom consists in obeying God, being docile to the voice of the Holy Spirit. “Before you, He set fire and water; for whatever you want, you can reach out. “(Edo 15:17). Let us serve the Lord at all times in our lives, because our sin and that of others have nothing to do with God. Let us be molded by Him.
Jesus I trust in you!
Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Dec 262017

3º ano de dedicação do Santuário Pai das MisericórdiaFighters need to understand: none of us escapes temptation. Peter was tempted, Paul too. Jesus himself was tempted. Defeat is not in being tempted, but in giving in to temptation. The secret is not to give in. Decision is needed. For this very reason, the tempter has undermined our will. He does everything to weaken our ability to decide.

Knowing this, the combatants whom the Lord has chosen and are training to be His brave warriors endeavor to acquire temperance. The fighters fight, but do not let themselves be broken. The tactic is do not give in.
We will face temptations, but we are not alone. Jesus is with us, praying for us, hoping for our victory. Until the end of our life we ​​will be in a contested battle. We will give victory to Jesus or the devil.
God bless you!
Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Dec 252017

Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Christmas Message from Boston:

The first Christmas carol was sung by the angels. The song that they sang proclaimed “Glory to God in the Highest and peace on earth.”

The prince of peace is coming. He comes in the face of a little child because God wanted us to see that His love is always new, always fresh, never tired of loving us, never tired of forgiving us, never tired of giving us another chance even when we have given up on ourselves.

He is born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem, it means house of bread. And He is laid in a manger, which was the feed box because Christ has become the manna, the bread come down from heaven. May He come to feed and to nourish us.

He comes in a community of faith where two or three are gathered in His name. He comes in the distressing disguise of the poor, the homeless, the sick, the prisoner.

The world is distracted by all the noise and many of the symbols of Christmas that have become devoid of meaning.

But someone is opening the back door.

He is with us.

He is in the house.

Let us give thanks and rejoice. 

Come let us adore the Prince of Peace.

Merry Christmas.

Source: Archdiocese of Boston

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Dec 242017

Today is a unique one because this one day is the shortest week of the year. It is only 24 hours. We call it the fourth week of advent. However, from another perspective this Sunday celebration brings us to the Monday celebration that begins the Christmas Season. It is a time of celebration.


If you heard all the Christmas music and saw all the decorations in the celebration of the secular definition of Christmas, you can see that it is supposed to be a happy time when people are friendly to each other and celebrate charity. It does not always pan out that way, but that is the way people look at it.


However, that is not it at all. It is bigger than that and you will never find that information out at the mall.


What is it all about?


Well, think of it this way: God does not give up on His people.


Today’s Gospel is the annunciation where the Angel Gabriel asks Mary to be the Mother of Jesus. She who was predestined to this position says “Yes” in reverse of Eve’s “No” to God. But this is all part of God’s plan to fix what was broken by our first parents. Why? So that you could be saved.


Now think of that message you heard while you were Christmas shopping.


You heard it is the most wonderful time of the year, you heard of joy to the world, you heard of peace on Earth,

Your heard that the Lord has come, you heard that we need to adore him and you  heard more. But if there  is one message you do not hear, it is God does not give up on us.


Do you know someone who is beyond salvation? The only people who are beyond salvation are those who reject the gift of salvation. There are others who feel they are beyond the reach of God’s love. They feel they are beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness and that God cannot forgive them; but the true message is that God does not give up on us so we cannot give up on ourselves or anyone else.  


This also means that our message is not just for the people celebrating Christmas, but those who feel Christmas is passing them by. They are unable to get into the spirit because of their great pains and they feel they cannot be saved because of their great sins. These are the people to whom the message is most addressed and these are the ones to whom we must preach with our lives. They are also the most difficult ones. But, as Jesus later points out, it is easy to preach to those who accept the message easily. It is to those who are on the spiritual highways and byways who most need to hear the invitation.


We must make sure that we pass the word on to them, them especially.


This then is our message. This is why the Church exists to proclaim that message to all we do that by following the example of Mary. That is why we are called to be obedient to the call of Christ as was Mary.


It is not that we are earning our way to Heaven. Unfortunately, that heresy was profoundly taught in 20th Century, it is rather our living our faith is how we communicate that message: That Christ is alive and offers salvation to all who seek it. That in a sense everyday is Christmas, not a day to receive gifts. But to communicate that message of salvation to all.


However, do not forget that Christ came to destroy Satan’s power whose message is that there is no God and if there was, he condemns you.


There are many who have accepted that message so they remain focused on this world for they see no alternative.


Our call is to bring the true message of Christmas to the world. Satan lies. Christ lives and he offers you  eternal life and salvation. Come encounter Christ and be in communion with Him at mass and throughout your life.


This is a far more powerful message than what we hear in store PA systems while people are battling with each other over parking spaces and special discounts. Christ has come to save you.


It is important to note that this message has only existed with the coming of Christ. Prior to his coming God only spoke to the Jews and worked through them with few exceptions. Christ came at the  fullness of time, prior to that it was not time for his message to become universal. Mary’s Annunciation in Today’s Gospel was the beginning of making God’s plan of salvation  universal for all.


So we wait expectantly this fourth Sunday of Advent for God’s next move which could come anytime or long after we are gone, but his message is still our message: Salvation has come to you if you choose to accept it because God does not give up on you.  That is the message we live today, tomorrow and everyday.


Fr. Robert J Carr


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Dec 222017

The Catechism of the Church teaches us in its first lines that God “calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church” (CCC, Prologue, I.1).

God created mankind to be “His family’ but sin scattered His children and at present God is once more gathering them together through the Church, the very own Body of the Christ Who was sent to mankind. In this context, one can spotlight the importance and reality of the Church, the family of God. The Catechism also teaches us that, “to accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life” (CCC-Prologue I.1).

It is necessary to analyze these words attentively. It is through His Son that the Father rebuilds the communion between He and mankind. The Son becomes Church (the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ). We enter this Body through Baptism and we become adoptive children of God through the Holy Spirit; consequently, we are again heirs of God’s blissful life; that joyful life sin had canceled. By doing so, we can go back to Paradise.

This is the glorious history of our salvation that will be accomplished by the Church, when She is completely glorified in God. This is the reason why Saint Augustine said that:

“The Church is the reconciled world.”

Nothing is more important than knowing, loving and serving the Church with all our strength. She is Christ’s Wife and He loves Her with eternal love. He suffered Passion and shed His blood for Her. He loves Her like a passionate Husband:

“Husbands, love your wives even as Christ loved the church and handed Himself over for her” (The Letter to the Ephesians 5, 25).

These words express Jesus’ deep love for “His” Church.

Pope Paul IV, who immensely loved the Church, referred to Her like that:

“The Church! She is our constant love, our primeval solicitude and our fixed idea! … Those who do not love the Church do not love the Christ; and we do not love the Church if we do not love Her like the Lord has loved: “Christ loved the church and handed Himself over for her” (The Letter to the Ephesians 5, 25).

We can go even further and say: if you do not know the Church, you do not know the Christ; if you do not serve the Church, you do not serve the Christ; if you do not obey the Church, you do not obey the Christ; if you do not subject yourself to the Church, you do not subject yourself to the Christ; if you are not in the truth of the Church, you are not in the truth of the Christ…

Vatican Council II called Her “Lumen Gentium”, “The Light of the Nations”, because Her Light is the same Light of Jesus Christ.

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 Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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