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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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Nov 222017
 

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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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Oct 232017
 

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Jesus Christ also gave us independence when he was crucified

Dear brothers, On Brazil’s Independence Day, we celebrate the cry of Dom Pedro: “Independence or death!”

Jesus Christ also gave us independence when, on being crucified, he said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. ” As Christians, we need to celebrate God’s grace to be free in Christ. Even if the bonds of this world bind us, Jesus has set us free. He died for me, Jesus fought for me, and I will be faithful to Him until the end. I see that many give their lives for their country. We too, as the army of Christ, must give our lives for the one who gave his life for us first. My brothers, on this special day, let us pray for our country, for fatherland. May God enlighten our nation!

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

 

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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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