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Canção Nova is a Catholic Community based in Brazil with mission houses in various countries. Its mission is to preach the word of God and form new men and women for Christ.

Jan 192018
 

Biblical texts concerning the role of the Apostles and Peter in the Church make it clear that Jesus wanted a structured and juridical Church under the guidance of Supreme Shepherd Peter; He did not want, as many people do, a mere spiritual community gathered by faith and love. Catechist affirms that the Church is “both visible and spiritual” (CCC  770) and also that

 

“The Lord Jesus endowed his community with a structure that will remain until the Kingdom is fully achieved” (CCC  765).

 

Jesus was aware that His Church would last long on Earth until the complete fulfillment of Her Mission: gathering the whole of mankind in God. Parables about the Church show that. The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat (Matthew 13, 24-30) shows that believers and sinners will live together in the Church until the end of times. The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13, 31-32) also points at the long journey and the long time taken to build the Church on earth in a permanent enduring way.

 

“It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches’” (Matthew 13, 32).

 

The Kingdom of God [the Church] is also compared to a net that is thrown into the sea, “which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away” (Matthew 13, 47-49). This passage also shows that the Church shall endure until the end of times, because Jesus estates that only then the separation will be made:

 

“Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, and there will be wailing and grinding of teeth”.

 

 

Also in the Parable of the Feast (Matthew 9,15) and the Parable of the Yeast (Matthew 13, 33) show that the Church has a long mission that demands patience to be accomplished until the total fulfillment of times.

The Church, therefore, is not a mere “Society of Friends of Jesus and the Gospel”: She is much more than that, She is an Institution created by Jesus Himself, integrated to Him, His own Body, so that She is Jesus’ continuation in the history of mankind. She gathers human beings together in Him, to take them back to their Father’s House.

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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Jan 182018
 

He has the best for us.


The sea in the biblical texts is synonymous with chaos, uncertainty, and the passage of the gospel that we are invited to meditate on today, Jesus goes to the edge of the sea. What does that tell us? What Jesus wants in the midst of uncertainties, is for us to learn from Him.


When Jesus calls the multitude to learn, His purpose is to give instructions to those people to take them home and put them into practice. It was never God’s will that we simply listen to, or even know, verses by heart, His will is that we take His teachings and apply them in our daily lives.


God does not choose us for our history


God does not call us by our history, by our difficulties and limitations, He chooses us, by seeing in us, a potential that even we ourselves are not able to see. God does not call the qualified, God enables those to whom he calls.


When Jesus called St. Matthew, he worked as a tax collector, someone rejected by Jewish society: a traitor. Jesus looked at Matthew and saw far beyond this, when He extended his invitation to the tax collector, His calling, no matter with criticism, He had a purpose for St. Matthew.


Attitude that makes the difference

More interesting is the attitude of St. Matthew. He did not ask for time to settle his accounts, to say goodbye, he simply accepted the call and followed Christ. So we must do, if we think much of the things of this world, we will not have the courage to embrace the things of Heaven.


Jesus saw in Matthew the evangelist what he could be, so he called him. He went into his house and was with him, even though he knew that society was rejecting him. He loves to take what is rejected by society, to transform it and put it in place of honor.


Humility is the beginning


Recognizing yourself as a sinner, devoid of the action of divine grace, is the initial step toward God’s work in your life. Only having the humility to acknowledge one’s limitation is that we give God freedom to carry out his work in us, doing with us what he desires.


May we always be willing to let Him perfect us, and accomplish in us that which He wants from us, enabling and transforming us. May we be used and not only have knowledge of the Word,  but that we are willing to practice it every day.

 

Fr. Chrystian Shanker

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Jan 172018
 

Translation: “Faith makes us stronger.”

As Christians we must always pray, and our body demands prayer of us.
Why did Jesus tell his disciples about the need to pray always? It is because we have a  great weakness that leads us to sin. It is enough for God not to do what we are asking, because we already stopped praying. We do not understand the divine will for our lives.


Blessed is the one who has the ability to place himself in the hands of the Lord and say, “Here I am, let it be done to me according to His will.” However, we have our wants and desires and we end up putting our needs above the divine will for our lives. Therefore, prayer is necessary, that we may do the will of the Lord; and prayer is our great wealth.

It is in prayer that our intimacy with God happens, with him we have free access.

It is necessary to pray always and with perseverance, although, God does not answer to us at once, because we are often, in a hurry, and with this we reap green fruit. God has mercy on all, He administrates in time.The recognition of divine wisdom implies absolute submission. To have freedom with God we must understand that He is sovereign and we can never exercise His role.


Praise, awareness of the benefits received, requires gratitude and praise. In prayer, we must recognize ourselves as sinners. Let us draw near to God, recognizing our indigence, and supplicate our needs before Him. The humility of our heart and our supplication draw us closer to the Lord.


How often we are hurt and need to reach God asking for deliverance, because we go through difficulties that we do not understand. We must ask the Lord to pour a balm on our hearts.


It is important to welcome the divine response, the inspirations, the feelings that come to us in prayer and the experiences of the virtues, because God speaks to us through our prayer, through our good thoughts. The divine response always comes with love.


As Christians it is necessary to pray always and our body demands prayer of us. We must ask for what we need, for in the spiritual life we ​​can do nothing alone. We need to be insistent, asking, crying out to God to come to our rescue.
May the Lord bless you!
Your brother,
Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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Jan 162018
 

Translation: “Love bends but does not break.”

With Jesus we are safe
“Let not your heart be troubled! Believe in God, believe also in me “(Jn 14,1). Each day of our lives, we can have the great experience of abandoning ourselves to the care of Jesus, letting ourselves be led by Him.
Alone we are not able to follow a true and safe path, because the world offers us many paths and many options that, even fill our eyes and look good, but in fact they are not.
In the trust that comes from faith in Jesus, we can walk today and always without fear, because with Jesus we are safe.
Let us ask Christ today for the grace to walk the true path united to Him. Lord, I believe, but increase my faith.
Jesus I trust in you!
Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jan 152018
 

translation: Stay strong, my child

We can not be discouraged!
The Word of God tells the truth and is fully realized. That is why we need to constantly adapt and remember that God cares for us and cares about us. The guarantee is the Gospel: “Look at the crows: they do not sow nor reap, they have no barn nor no pantry. However, God sustains them. Are you not worth more than the birds? “(Lk 12,24).


Let’s remember a little bit, everything we’ve been through in our lives: difficulties, health problems. We can say that it was God who took care of us. We can not be discouraged!


We want to rely on God in his system, which is Divine Providence. He takes care of us. The expression “all this” means “all that is necessary”: daily bread, clothing, medicine, home, everything will be given in addition.
We must not fear, because God will provide everything. If we do not have access to commerce, we will eat bread with the sweat of our faces, planting and harvesting; we will use natural remedies for various purposes.
We will have quality of life. Not the one designed by men, but by our Father. For God, we all, without exception, have quality. We have value.


It is the Word of God that says, according to the translation of the Bible Ave Maria [Portuguese]: “You are very precious to me, and even if your price is high, it is you I want!” (Is 43,4). This is our God; it is in him and his Providence that we have to trust.
God bless you!
His brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jan 122018
 

The Church is direct consequence of the Mystery of Incarnation and its continuation.

Many people want to say YES to the Christ and NO to the Church though this attitude affects the very identity of Christianity. The Church and Her directives were instituted by the will of the Christ as the continuation of the Word of God Made Flesh; as such, the Church became the privileged meeting point between mankind and the Christ, and consequently between mankind and the Father.

People who ask: “Why the Church?” make the same mistake of those who ask: “Why the Christ?” Christ came from the Father and left His Church on earth to mankind. The Father sent Jesus in order to save the world, and the Christ in His turn sent the Church to mankind. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John, 20, 21).

Many people want the Church to be a “modern democracy” wherein all issues are decided by the will of the majority. The Church would therefore be a great Religious Club, with easily assimilated and “flexible” rules. The consequence – and the big mistake – is that men in that case would be guided exclusively by themselves and not by God. “The Church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3,15) would not exist anymore.

The fact that the Sacred Tradition originated in the Christ and the Apostles guides the Church is the guarantee that Jesus Himself, present in the Church, guides Her.

The first “Sacrament”, the foundation, is the Most Sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, through which (His acts and words) God poured His grace over mankind. The Church is the continuation of that “Sacrament”; that is the reason why Saint Paul calls the Church “The Body of the Christ” (Colossians 1, 24).

The ultimate expressions of that Sacrament “Christ – Church” are the seven Sacraments that lead men toward salvation, from birth to death. There can be no Sacrament without the Church; hence there can be no salvation. One can thus clearly infer that the Church is as essential to Christianity as the mystery of the Incarnation of God’s Word.

Christianity without the Church instituted by the Christ (Matthew 16,16) onto Peter and the Apostles is equivalent to a mutilated Christ, a beheaded Christ…

This Church is the only and unique Church: it is the Catholic (which means Universal) Apostolic and Roman Church.

Professor Felipe Aquino é viuvo, pai de cinco filhos. Na TV Canção Nova, apresenta o programa “Escola da Fé” e “Pergunte e Responderemos”, na Rádio apresenta o programa “No Coração da Igreja”. Nos finais de semana prega encontros de aprofundamento em todo o Brasil e no exterior. Escreveu 73 livros de formação católica pelas editoras Cléofas, Loyola e Canção Nova. Página do professor: www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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