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Sep 292017
 

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At the memorable night of the Last Supper, Jesus Christ once more told His Apostles:

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (John 14, 25-27).

What outstanding guarantee of infallibility to the Church! The Holy Spirit “will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.”

How could then the Church be mistaken? To accept the Protestant Reformation that denied the long fifteen-century journey of the Church, daily guided by the Holy Spirit, first you would have to accept that Jesus deceived His Church and lied to Her and He broke His Promise of always helping Her with His Truth. That is impossible! Jesus is the Husband of the Church, He has never abandoned Her nor shall He ever abandon Her up to the end of times!

“Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28, 18-20).

The Protestant Reformation denied the dogmas, the Sacraments, the Church as a Divine Institution, the Sacred Heritage, the Holy Ministry, the Sacred Hierarchy, the sacred Catholic devotions and in brief it denied fifteen centuries of Apostolic Tradition sealed with the testimony of the blood of Martyrs and Confessors and confirmed by the Popes.

Is it possible that all the Apostles were mistaken? Is it possible that all the Martyrs, who gave testimony of Jesus Christ with their own blood, were all mistaken as well? Is it possible that all Popes lied to us? Is it possible that all the saintly Doctors of the Church misled us into wrong pathways of faith?

At present, many Protestant pastors are converting to Catholicism. The American magazine “Sursum Corda!” Special Edition 1996 published an article affirming that during the previous 10 years around 50 American pastors had converted to Catholicism, and many others were in process of conversion at the time. The three most frequent causes for conversion, according to the article, were:

  1. The doctrinal subjectivity reigning in the several Protestant denominations: this is a consequence of the Protestant principle “the only source of faith is the Bible” and “the free analysis” each faithful can perform on its contents, which opens way to many different interpretations of the same article of faith or moral value;
  2. The re-evaluation and study of the documents written by Catholic Popes, that greatly contributed to the correct formulation of Catholic Doctrine: the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Church, the Sacraments, the Grace and so on, and that have been written since the times of the first Apostles up to Saint Gregory Magnus (died 604 A.D.) in the West and Saint John Dalmatian (died 749 A.D.) in the East;
  3. The definition of the Canon of the Bible (its Index), which was not inferred from the Bible itself, but from the oral tradition of the Church. It is the Church that avows the historical credibility of the Bible and not the Bible that avows the legitimacy of any church or denomination as true Herald of God’s Will. Only God can do that. The deep analysis of these issues has revealed the mistakes of Protestantism to several of its pastors (Magazine “Ask and we shall answer” # 419. April 97, pages 146-160).
  1. The guarantee of credibility of the Doctrine of the Church is the Holy Spirit, Who has been the Church’s Professor for over 20 centuries: the dogmas of the Creed, the truths of faith about Virgin Mary, the Sacraments, the Catholic Morals and so on. I firmly repeat: denying the teachings of the Ministry of the Church is equivalent to denying to promises Jesus Christ made to His Apostles during the Last Supper.

 

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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Sep 282017
 

If we detect selfishness quickly, we must fight it.

“A great act of love liberates us from selfishness.” I was reflecting on the life of Jesus. He has completely emptied himself, and laid down his life for us, and this is the great act of love for humankind. Jesus spared no effort, was not attached to His life, so He was able to give it for all. This is the great lesson He has given us. I’ve been thinking: How selfish I am, often worried about “my life,” “my plans,” “my things,” I do not look around and do not see the situations that need me the most. Selfishness makes us sick, bitter, makes us abandon people, leaves our soul sick and away from God. Today, let us renounce all selfishness, learn from Jesus to strip ourselves and love without measure.

 

Your brother, Wellington Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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Sep 142017
 

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In times when we feel alone, God calls us into intimacy with Him

Psalm 141 is the hymn composed by David, when he was praying in the cave, to take refuge from the pursuit of King Saul. Often, we need to stop and, even on our own, know that God is with us. We must ask and beg for the Lord’s mercy.

The name of this Psalm is “Hour of the Testing”. What is the ordeal you go through? What is your greatest need? Give it now to God, whatever it is. Maybe you, like David, have to run. David had to take refuge in the cave because Saul wanted to kill him.

David felt abandoned, but there in the cave was his refuge, his assurance. There are moments in our lives when we feel lonely, without anybody, abandoned. At such times, God calls us into intimacy with Him.

The inner desert is the total stripping of oneself.

your brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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Aug 312017
 

The Lord’s gaze is upon those who fear Him and wait on Him

Waiting and trusting is our salvation!

Today I want to begin with the Word of God: “The eye of the Lord watches over him who fears him, on whom he expects in his grace” (Psalm 33:18). This is a word of hope that comes from God, because He is wonderful and will change everything that is wrong in our life. But we have to be intimate with Him, and for that to happen, we need to pray. Have you been praying lately?

Before God, we can not keep our heads down, as if we were defeated. When we have a garden, we can plant beautiful roses or dig a grave, it will depend on us. The optimist plants the roses; The pessimist, without hope, digs his own grave and looks at it every day.

We trust in the Lord, so we need to assume our identity as children of God and wait on Him, the Lord’s gaze is upon those who fear Him and wait on Him. My brother, the Lord is looking at your pain, at your life, your problem, so decide today to plant roses in your garden and wait with confidence in the Lord.

His brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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Aug 222017
 

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Today, I decide to admire that which is eternal and comes from God

These days, a question troubled my heart: “What have I admired today? Where am I fixing my gaze? “Many things are beautiful and attract us, but everything on this earth is fleeting, so I must fix my eyes on what is eternal.

The Lord speaks in the Word: “Do you admire these things? Days will come when there will not be one stone left on one stone “(Luke 21: 6).

Today, I decide to admire that which is eternal and which comes from God. I do not want to waste more time worrying about small things that are going to happen, my only concern must be the search for the Kingdom of God.

My brethren,Jesus is coming. All this will pass. Let us together fight for the Kingdom of God, let us invest our time and our forces in eternity. Let us put aside all that does not build the Kingdom in us.

His brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

Portuguese version

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Aug 072017
 

Jesus will come and all this will pass. May this news fill your heart of hope

One person asked me, “Do you have something to tell me to be of hope?” I thought and I remembered the tragedy in Minas Gerais, the attacks in France, the economic crisis, the diseases, but none of that gives us hope, only sadness.

Then I answered, “The only and best news I have is that the second coming of Jesus Christ is at hand.This fact fills my heart with hope and joy, I feel a deep peace in thinking that Jesus will return. “

It is true that we must go through many trials and tribulations, but Jesus will come and all this will pass. We must wait for his return, like a good servant waiting for his Lord to return. May this news fill your heart with hope.

His brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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