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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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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 182017
In this world that is devoid of God, we must intercede and follow the vocation He established.

The prophets were the instruments used by God to carry  His message His people. This took place in the Old Testament and in the New Testament and continues to the present day in the Church. We are already in the last times and we should not be afraid, the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah is cause for rejoicing for His Church.

It is proper to the time in which we are living this time of mercy, Jesus gave us this grace, which is superior to all and to everything. He inaugurates the end times, is judge yes, but not condemnation, He offers us His mercy.
God always speaks to humanity, but it is not always willing to hear Him. There were never prophets and preachers lacking, but how many times hearts were not open to the Word. To close oneself to the Christ, the Savior, is not our vocation.

The throne of Christ is eternal, different from creatures and from all government, He is the beginning and the end, He is the genesis of all creation. He surrendered and sacrificed himself for humanity, all human beings destined for heaven.
Mary model of intercession

Mary is a model of how we should accept the vocation that God has for us, just as she places herself as an intercessor with Christ, we must also intercede. We must be propagators of the word of mercy, prophets of this time.
He gave himself up for all, and the Word of salvation, grace and mercy must reach all! Where there are lives dry and eager for grace, there must come the Word that announces the One who is bringing mercy and transformation.
Salvation comes in many dimensions, God’s will for us is that we are His prophets, messengers, and intercessors at this time. Living the vocation that God has established for all humankind.

Fr. Fernando Santamaria

Priest of the Canção Nova Community

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Dec 132017

Pregação com Jimmy e BeneditaIt is important to spend time with our spouse. To take care of the physical, psychic and spiritual forces.

The family relationship must and must be tempered by moments of leisure, as this restores our strength to deal with the pains and setbacks that life always brings with it. We are not talking about great trips, but about special moments, tours that focus on the family or the couple. We need to strive to be together. It is good and extremely important to be in the family.
It is alsoimportant to dedicate time to each other, to take care of physical, psychic and spiritual forces. As a couple, we need to go out and date, see good movies, read good books, take part in spiritual retreats, travel and socialize. That helps, it’s firewood to keep fire on that enthusiastic love we had when we were boyfriends or girlfriends.

We need to understand that “the most substantial and important fruit that parents should give their children is their solid and unquestionable union. Parents’ first duty and commitment to their children is to love one another. And there is no greater gift for a child, there is nothing that gives you so much security and emotional balance than to realize that parents are passionate, that they really love each other. “(Family Pastoral Directory Document 79 CNBB).

Therefore, every dedication and commitment in the marital relationship is a profit for the children. It is not negligence to leave them with grandparents, uncles or friends so that you have a “unique time” alone. They, the children, will benefit.
How about today, finding this time?
Celiane Ramos
Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

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Dec 052017

The time of the reparation.

As children of such a sublime Queen, we are called to unite with Her in reparation to her Immaculate Heart. Mary Most Holy inaugurated the time of reparation in the history of humanity, with her generous Yes to God in the presence of the Angel, and Jesus the great Reparator, became incarnate in her womb. It continues to work so that the reparation offered to God, through her Immaculate Heart, is a reality assumed by each one of us with love and courage.

After the apparitions of Fatima in 1917, Mary appeared eight years later in Pontevedra-Spain to Sr. Lúcia, to show how she wanted the reparation to be done by each one of us, concretely.
Let us see the narration of this apparition:
“On 10-12-1925, the [Virgin] appeared to her. Virgin and next to her, suspended in a luminous cloud, a Boy. The SS. Virgin, placing her hand on her shoulder and showing at the same time a heart in her other hand, surrounded by thorns.
At the same time, the Child said:

“Pity the Heart of your Most Holy Mother who is covered with thorns that the ungrateful men at all times nail Him without anyone doing an act of reparation to take them.
Then the Most Holy Virgin:

“Look, my daughter, My Heart surrounded by thorns, which ungrateful men at every moment, pierced with blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, see Me consoling and says that all those who for 5 months, on the 1st Saturday, confess, receiving Holy Communion, pray a Rosary and give Me 15 minutes of company, meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary , with the purpose of redressing Me, I promise to assist them, at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for the salvation of these souls “(Memoirs of Sister Lucy, 192)
Participate in restorative devotion in the Shrine!

The Shrine of the Father of the Mercies (Cachoeira Paulista, Brazil) invites you to experience the Repairing Devotion of the Five First Saturdays, as the Virgin Mary asked us to do. Starting at 10am as usual. We will pray the Holy Rosary, have a Catechesis on the Message of Fatima, and the fifteen minutes of meditation on the Word. We will close this Marian moment with the Holy Mass votive to Our Lady, at noon.
Our Lady asked us for four reparative acts: Confession, Communion, Holy Rosary and Meditation of the Word, and we will live them in this moment of Reparatory Devotion in the Sanctuary, only Confession is lacking. The pilgrim can go to our confessionals to confess at 8:30 a.m. It is worth remembering that the Confession was the first reparative act that Our Lady asked, therefore, that we should repair her Immaculate Heart in a state of grace.

Every first Saturday, the Virgin Mary introduces us to the spirituality of reparation, which consists essentially in loving God, his Immaculate Heart and his neighbor. May She help us to reach Heaven in this way.
Aurea Maria,
Community Canção Nova
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Dec 042017


In the Virgin Mary, all Christendom has a powerful lawyer and a magnificent model
Each year the Church celebrates the feast of the Glorification or Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother.
“Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved immune to every stain of original guilt, finished the course of earthly life, was assumed in body and soul to heavenly glory” (LG 59).

On November 1, 1950, the late Pope Pius XII declared the dogma of the Assumption of Mary our mother.
The glory of Mary comes from her definitive “yes” to God’s plan. She did the opposite of Eve: she does not want to be autonomous before the Creator. She fully accepts what God proposes to her in regard to the salvation of all mankind.


In the Gospel (cf. Lk 1: 39-56) we have Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth.
On this occasion, Mary pronounces her hymn (Magnificat), which is a joyful concert of God, the meeting point of biblical revelation. Mary is the first Christian in the history of humanity, for she accepts God in her totality.
“Blessed are you among women”

As Christians, who wish to follow Christ in truth, we can not forget the importance of devotion to Our Lady and the essential elements of the intercession of this woman who is full of grace. All devotion to Mary began with her acceptance of being the mother of the Messiah. She herself was greeted by the angel Gabriel as being “full of grace,” this means that Mary, throughout her entire existence, was free from the original guilt that all human beings inherited due to selfishness.

God loves all human beings, we are privileged in the love that God has for us. Mary entered directly into the plan of love of God for each human person, accepting to be the mother of Jesus. All Jewish women would like to be the mother of the Messiah, the One expected for centuries by the people of Israel.

Maria was already promised to Joseph that she would be her rightful husband. It was to this simple girl that the angel appeared and offered the noblest proposal that a woman could receive in this life. The redemption of humanity would only be possible, with the coming of God himself, to restore to man the essential elements of his existence.

Mary conceived by the action of the Holy Spirit. For God everything is possible, because our existence is already a great miracle inexplicable, by the purely human eye. By the YES of Mary, we receive from God a new chance to be glorified in Christ.

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to thy word”

In the midst of the mystery, Mary throws herself next to God; she wants to do His will; even though she knew she would have to give up many things, including the risk of being considered an adulteress. All Christians are called to holiness. To be holy is to say “yes” to God’s plan, even if it costs us dearly. Faith means being available to God’s will.

Mary, being full of grace, can help us and intercede for us. She can help us in the way of responding to God’s plan. Mary is the mother of God and our mother was given to us by Jesus Himself when He gave His life for us all (cf. Jn 19:27).
The Church defined four truths of faith about Mary: The Council of Ephesus (431), Maternity; the Lateran Council (649), Virginity; Pius IX, ex cathedra, 8 December 1854, the Immaculate Conception; Pius XII, November 1, 1950, the Assumption to Heaven.

Mary continues to intercede for us, She helps us to follow her son Jesus Christ. The true devotee of Mary will never be lost in the mistakes demanded by relativism reigning in society. The great lesson that remains of Mary is to live in humility what God wants from us. Today, we want to do our will and for this we lose ourselves by becoming sad, aimless people.

Pray the rosary

We must always pray for the Holy Rosary that Mary has recommended to us in many apparitions, so that we can improve our sense of the concrete love that God has for each human being.

All of us were created according to the image of God (cf. Gn 1:26). Mary Most Holy is the only person who has ever overshadowed this image. She has been preserved from all the false freedom that the world preaches, She is the intact work of the Holy Trinity, She has always been able to respond to Love with love.

In Our Lady of the Assumption, all Christendom has a powerful Advocate and a magnificent model. From her we learn that we will only be happy doing the will of God in our lives.

Mary, being full of grace, can help us, intercede for us on the path of response to God’s plan. For this reason, She is the model of all consecrated persons who seek to offer their lives, their “yes” to God for their brothers. Let us pray for them so that they may live more and more intensely with their dedication, following Mary’s example.

I close this little reflection with this prayer:
“O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and Mother of humanity! With all the fervor of our faith we believe in your triumphant Assumption in body and soul to heaven where you are acclaimed Queen of all the angelic choirs and of the whole assembly of the saints! To them we unite to praise and bless the Lord who exalted you above all simple creatures, and to offer you the fervor of our devotion and our love. Fill your heart with blissful tenderness, and your soul of joy as you contemplate the adorable Trinity face to face! We, poor sinners, whose body weighs down and hinders the flight of the soul, we beseech you to purify our senses so that we learn, from this world, to savor God, God alone, in the happiness of creatures. We who invoke you as our Mother, we take you, like John, for the guidance, strength and consolation of our mortal life. ”
(Pius XII, Prayers, 57)
By Friar Giribone – Founder of the Missionary Work of the Virgen do Carmo Peregrina

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