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Mar 302018
 

Quinta-feira Santa // AdoraçãoTHE PENITENTIAL RITE

Is every sin forgiven at Mass?

The sin confessed at the Mass helps us to celebrate the Eucharist better.
The Eucharist is the apex of the Christian life, for it is the memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice of love. Therefore, the man, who only finds his fulfillment in God, must celebrate this memorial with all love and zeal. For this, the penitential act collaborates and makes him or her recognize who s/he really is: a child who has sinned and needs love.

Illustrative photo: Wesley Almeida / cancaonova.com

Mass: union with Christ and forgiveness of sin
When the Christian participates in the Mass, he shares two tables: the table of the Word and the Eucharist. But just as before we do any meal we wash our hands for reasons of hygiene, the Christian is also called to “wash his hands” before attending this banquet, and this “washing his hands” is in the sense of asking forgiveness for his sins in the penitential act.

There is a motivation of the priest who says, “Let us therefore prepare ourselves to honor these holy mysteries with dignity, recognizing that we are sinners.” Thus, when the Christian recognizes that he is a sinner and asks for forgiveness, he washes the soul, celebrating with more dignity the mysteries of the Lord.

In the Mass the Christian is invited to join Christ more and to progress in his friendship with him. He is not destined to forgive sins, nor should it be confused with the sacrament of reconciliation (cf. CIC 1396). At Mass, God forgives our venial sins. Not that He is not able to forgive mortals, but as a father who does not give everything easy to the child, in order to educate him to true values, we must turn to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For the Church teaches that “those who are conscious of a grave sin must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving communion” (CCC 1386).

Sin: venial and mortal
Sin is a failure against true love for God and neighbor, because of a perverse attachment to certain goods (cf. CIC 1850). Venial sin is that act that does not deprive man of total friendship with God. Mortal sin, however, is the act by which man, with freedom and warning, rejects God. But “Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church, first of all for those who, after baptism, committed grave sin and thereby lost their baptismal grace and wounded the ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility of conversion and of recovering the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as the second tablet (of salvation) after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace “(CCC 1446).

Concerning mortal sin, St. John Paul II’s Encyclical “The Splendor of Truth” mentions the following: “Separating the fundamental option from concrete behavior means to contradict the substantial integrity or personal unity of the moral agent in his body and soul “(67). From this, John Paul II adds that some theologians say that “mortal sin, which separates man from God, would occur only in the rejection of God, made on a level of freedom that is not identifiable with an act of choice, nor reachable with reflex consciousness. In this sense, they add, it is difficult, at least psychologically, to accept the fact that a Christian, who wants to remain united to Jesus Christ and His Church, can commit mortal sins so easily and repeatedly, as would sometimes indicate the same matter of their acts “(69).

 

The meaning of the penitential rite
The Christian is invited to recognize his smallness, his limitation, his sinfulness in the penitential rite of the Mass. So God can come to meet you with His grace, for man is called to be the son of light. Saint Augustine affirms that “the confession of evil works is the beginning of good works, contributes to the truth and you can reach the light.”

In the Eucharist, man is raised to God and communion with him and with his brothers. The unity of the Mystical Body overcomes all human divisions: “All of you, being baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus “(Gal 3: 27-28).

 

Let’s not be afraid
There is also a rite of water sprinkling that replaces the penitential rite, because it recalls the baptismal covenant that is renewed at each Mass and recalls our commitment to baptized, accentuating our identity as a priestly people.

In the end,  in the course of history with sin, we always get our hands dirty; but do not be afraid to wash our hands, that is, our soul. Let us turn to the mercy of God, because at Mass we are forgiven of our venial sins and especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are forgiven of all our sins. Thus, we partake worthily of the Banquet which He has prepared for us from the beginning.

Ricardo Cordeiro

 

Ricardo is a member of the Canção Nova Community. He Graduated in Philosophy from Canção Nova College, Cachoeira Paulista, São Paulo(SP). Bachelor of Theology from Dehoniana College, Taubaté (SP) and post-graduate in Bioethics at Canção Nova College.

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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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