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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 132017
 

Our choices show the path of maturity towards the happiness we want to live

In the face of all that life presents to us, choices and options are always entrusted to us. In the face of the troubles we experience, there are several possibilities that we have to react: either we grow with pain, we extract from them the due knowledge, or we park in them and we become bitter people.

Life is woven by choices, by choices we make and that end up delimiting the meaning and colors of our history.

 

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Accept reality

The way we act and react to our own weaknesses also becomes a reality, which holds within itself the power to determine the course of our maturity. Often we conclude that we are not and do not have what we would like, and that causes us pain. However, faced with such a human and natural dissatisfaction, we have two options: either we spend our whole life lamenting for not being or having what we idealize or we assume in what we are and make life to be happy from what we have and are, that is, from our real.

Happiness lies in choosing to be happy and to live in a concrete way

The happy disappointment of finding ourselves fragile and imperfect can be cause for sterile disgust or a significant boost to our maturity. It depends on the choice we make and how we respond.

Happiness is a possibility that resides in the real, in our truth. It is never too late to be happy and to decide for it. Every second that we live is a concrete possibility to begin to build, with our choices, our happiness.

 

Happiness is not instantaneous, but the construction of knowing to choose

Happiness does not happen overnight; it is the fruit of a construction, of small and great choices that need to be made, which, little by little, build in life the due maturity that knows how to extract flavor from everything, giving meaning to what one does and what one experiences.

We will always find situations before which we need to position ourselves. No one can build a future and a happy life if they say ‘yes’ to everything that is offered.

We can not allow ourselves to be carried away by life, nor can we live aimlessly, not knowing what we want, because whether we want to or not, we are always going somewhere. Either we make conscious choices about what we want to be or we will be constructed by fads and idealizations of others, thus becoming puppets in the hands of a society that does not respect what we essentially are.

Our choices shape who we are

Life was entrusted to us. Not everything that comes to us is good, and it is us who have to decide before each situation. We can not annul, giving to others such reality, which only competes with us. There is no authentic life without responsibility, without assuming the reins of our history and without deciding, in a coherent way, what will make us more people and, consequently, more of God.

We make the choices and the choices make us, so to build a future, we must choose and choose well.

Let us entrust to God the course of our history and seek in Him the strength to better decide and choose what will make us truly happy.

God bless you!

Father Adriano Zandoná

Father Adriano Zandoná is a missionary of the Canção Nova Community.

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Nov 082017
 

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Prayer demands of us effort and constancy, faithfulness and perseverance

It is fantastic, fascinating and seductive to walk the path, the adventure of prayer through the centuries, the Word of God, the saints, mystics and men and women who, without any theological pretension, are authentic masters of dialogue with the Lord of life. There is no faculty that gives the title of pray-ers, mystics and mystagogues, although many people can present themselves with these titles.

Only constant humility and learning make us capable of making mistakes. Only those who err seem to feel that they are far from being able to say that they pray well and therefore they seek for light and strength in those who have been consecrated by the Church as authentic pray-ers. Meditating on the life and doctrine of prayers from various eras can undoubtedly stimulate us in our journey of personal encounter with the Lord.

Prayer is a way of intimacy with the Lord

Each one tells us something interesting, others travel different paths, but the starting point and the arrival are always the same. What changes are the means, the methods.

The starting point

Our finite, poor, limited human reality, when it is drawn to a violent force, seeks serenity, the unlimited, the complete, and knows that this can only exist within itself, but at the same time comes from someone who is bigger and in and out of it. It is totally different, the different one that in Jesus of Nazareth becomes one of us, takes on our flesh, lives with us to teach us how we should pray, live, assume life, share and manifest love to the last No one has greater love than one who lays down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13).

The point of arrival

Always the point of arrival of the prayer will be the loving encounter with God, the dialogue with Him about love, is to become an intimate friend of the Lord. Prayer has this purpose and nothing more. It is not, therefore, quantitative, but qualitative. God sees our heart and expects to find love in us. To stand face to face with Him, we need faith, silence, and love, a strong hope that will not allow us to be discouraged by the manifold silences of God.

We have seen that dialogue with God demands effort and determination on our part. It is not easy, it requires constant exercise. As in all things, without perseverance one arrives at nothing. Also, in prayer, the key words are faithfulness and perseverance to the project assumed. Never stop praying, even if nothing is perceived and or felt. Prayer must always be at the center of our activities.

 

Frei Patrício Sciadini

Excerpt from the book “Como Rezar?” [How to Pray?)

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Nov 072017
 

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Does some painful experience of the past still have an influence on the way I love?

It is late at night and outside there is a rural silence, interrupted only by the wind, and today is stronger, announcing a new season. The impression I have is that everything is quiet outside and here inside my soul. But would not it just be an impression?

The fact is that I have, in my hands, a book that has become my friend and counselor in these last days. Authored by researcher and writer Roberto Shinyashiki and Eliana Dumêt, he deals with various subjects related to human relationships, including the fear of loving. I stop on the page that I have just read and start writing as if to make sure of what I have learned, but also to share with you, reader, something that, I imagine, will do you the same good that it did to me. Have you ever been afraid to love? To relate to depth? Do you know where the fear comes from?

 

The example of the mouse

The writer narrates an experiment carried out by Psychology, which responds, figuratively, to this and other questions related to this subject: love. A scientist placed a mouse in a cage to evaluate his behavior. He says that, at first, the animal had been pacing back and forth, driven by curiosity. When he felt hunger, he went to the food deposited there. However, when he touched the dish, in which the researcher had installed an electric circuit, the little animal had a great shock, so strong that if it did not give up touching it, it could die.

After that, the mouse ran in the opposite direction of the dish. If we could ask him if he was hungry, he would certainly say no, because the pain of the shock would certainly make him despise his food at that moment. After a while, however, the mouse came into contact with the double possibility of death: shock or hunger. However, when the hunger became unbearable, the animal, slowly, went back to the food. In the meantime, however, the researcher shut down the circuit. The plate was no longer electrified. But when he was about to touch it, the mouse felt as if it had taken a second shock. There was tachycardia, the hairs bristled and he ran, again, in the opposite direction to the plate. If we asked him what had happened, the answer would be: “I took another shock.” Although the electric power was off, and he did not know it.

From that moment, the mouse is entering a great tension and its goal is to find an intermediate position between the limit of hunger and that of obtaining food, so that it has a certain tranquility. This state is called a point of equilibrium, because it represents a position between doing something, in the event of feeding, and, at the same time, avoiding a new shock.

The shock of feeling rejected

You are probably wondering: what does this have to do with fear of loving? I would say: Everything !. Often we see people or even see ourselves “shocked” without even touching the “plate”. Just look at how many times we feel like inviting someone to go out, talk, go to the beach or to the movies, but we did not do any of this fearing the ‘no’ shock! Or, how often do we fail to tell people how good they do us and how much we love them, for fear that the feeling is not reciprocal and thus feel rejected?

According to the researcher, this is to take a “shock without touching the plate”.

The fact is that painful experiences of the past can provoke a terrible fear of new sufferings. Worst of all is that we almost always forget that not all “dishes” are electrified, that is, not all people have the same insecurities or other weaknesses that someday gave us a shock.

According to scientific studies, understanding what we feel is the best stimulus we need to start over.

Go beyond the fear of new sufferings

Perhaps today is the right day to pause and think: Does some painful experience of the past continue to have an influence on the way I love and the depth of my relationships?

To love is the first condition to be in constant communion with God. We have no right to deprive ourselves of this wonderful vocation that the Lord imprinted on our hearts in the act of creation.

“Let us love one another, for love comes from God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not come to know God, for God is love “(1 John 4,7-8).

May the Master of Love encourage us to go beyond fear and to love, in depth, those whom He, in His infinite goodness, draws near to us.

 

Dijanira Silva
Missionary of the Canção Nova Community, since 1997, Djanira lives in the São Paulo mission, where she works in the media. Daily, she presents  programs on Rádio América CN. On Tuesdays, she is at the head of the program “De manos unidas”, which offers at 9.30 pm on TV Canção Nova. She has been a columnist since 2000. Recently She launched the book “Por onde andam seus sonhos? Descubra e volte a sonhar” [Where are your dreams? Discover and dream again] by Editora Canção Nova.

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Oct 302017
 

Why do some people suffer more than others because they are single? The anguish of single status, especially among women, has been increasing, especially for people in their 30s. The potentialization of this suffering, after 30, is due to the fact that the person feels frustrated in their projects.

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It is natural and part of human development to project, plan and dream. However, when one arrives at this stage of the average adult life, which one contemplates between 30 and 40 years, one can see in a more definitive way the course of his or her life. One notices that it is no longer in the beginning of life or in the end, but that the process of stability has begun. When one dimension of life, in this case affective, has a gap, then an absence, can generate greater suffering. All this already happens naturally.

Social pressure

Alongside this, there is a pressure imposed by society, especially by those who are close. The family starts making jokes, friends start dating and sometimes get married. Everyone then asks, “Are you not dating?” “Ah! But you’re very picky! That way, you will not date anyone! ” Or even: “Poor thing! Are you alone today? ” And then, those who suffer because they are single want to “dig” a hole and enter it.

In order to be able to deal well with this pressure imposed by society, it is necessary first to understand why one suffers, to understand why, when one hears certain things, and it causes him or her so much discomfort, because suffering for the state of life in which he finds oneself is not something general. There are young people, adults and older singles who are happy to be single. The question is individual, part of the experience and experience of each one.

Knowing yourself is essential

Our mind functions as a large archive, which is accessed at all times from words we hear, situations we live in, or what we see. All of these experiences work as triggers, which bring up an already hidden file. So when we have a file on the affective dimension, it makes us believe that we are bad, that we are never going to find someone, that we are going to die single, that no one loves us, that I am undesirable, imperfect, that we will be alone forever, and presses us to give an answer. This triggers the trigger to something that causes suffering, because we do not believe that someday we will be able to find someone to be our mate.

It then can trigger all kinds of uncomfortable emotions that can be experienced, such as anxiety, sadness, anguish, hopelessness, fear, loneliness, and despair. Feelings that may have the power to paralyze a person’s life, as one begins to believe that she or he will be single forever! For as they are the consequence of a bad thought, they increase that thought, giving weight to that emotion. The first point is: Why do I suffer from being single? What truth is inside my head about this subject that scares me so much?

When you know what causes you suffering, it is easier to face the pressure of society, for the suffering lies in believing that one day you will not give that response to the questions of society, which, in the end, you want to give. The single is single and not alone; he or she is a person before defining his or her state of life, be it single, married or celibate. Meet your truth, take it and suffering will diminish!

 

Aline Rodrigues
Aline Rodrigues is a missionary of the Canção Nova Community, in the Segundo Elo mode. She has been a psychologist since 2005, with specializations in the clinical and business areas. She has professional experience in clinical, business and teaching. She writes from Brazil

 Posted by at 08:29
Oct 192017
 

Adoração ao Santíssimo SacramentoOur families must be consecrated to God, submitted to His will

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6,33). When we do not give the first fruits of our time to God, all things are mismatched and unsafe in our family.

 

Photo: Wesley Almeida / cancaonova.com

That is exactly what the enemy of God wants, that we are unprotected, without the true starting point in our daily life, therefore, he can have access to steal, exactly, what we have of good. He wants to destroy everything that is good in us, because what is good comes from God, and the enemy wants to destroy the creation of the Lord.

The enemy’s goal

The enemy’s goal is to destroy everything that comes from God, because he is envious, a liar, he seduces people to evil, so that they are totally diverted from the Lord’s plan. The devil wants to make people more and more miserable and unhappy. He wants to get into the hearts of people and end the goodness that God has planted in them.

We can not think that man is good alone, without God. Kindness comes from the Father, and we must cultivate it, water it with the water of the Holy Spirit.

Imagine, then, the risk we run when we do not walk side by side with God! Our whole family must be urgently brought to Him, consecrated to Him, submitted to His will. And may we say, “I and my house shall serve the Lord.”

We must act before Satan invades and robs us of what is most precious and sacred to us; before he robs these things from the husband, the wife, the children. Let’s not let this happen in our family, let’s not fool ourselves or waste time.

We are good people, but that is not enough for us. We need to be of God, for only by persevering in Him can goodness abide in us.

Image and likeness of God

The enemy, of course, wants to destroy what God has built in us; he wants to destroy the image and likeness of God that we are.

The devil wants to steal our values ​​and the treasures that the Lord has given us. The enemy does everything to steal our happiness, destroy the union between couples, love in families, relationships between parents and children.

So pray, pray, do not lose the strength and the will to pray. Do not let yourself be defeated. Begin by praying the rosary every day; then pray more, seek the Eucharist, the Word of God, and expel Satan from his home and his marriage.

With God we are more than conquerors! He is greater and has the power to free us from the wiles of the wicked. He can restore marriage, rebuild the home, return love! Fight, react in prayers and take may of what is yours.

Consecrate your family to God

Consecrate your life and your family to Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady.

Parents, mothers, bridegrooms, boyfriends, girlfriends put your feet on the ground, wake up to life and urgently seek a life of prayer.

Invest in the things of God, put it in the first place, because it is not enough for you to be people of possessions, with titles and diplomas in your hands; rather, it is necessary to be of God!

Marlúcia Lopes
Community Canção Nova

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