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Feb 072018
 
Padre Duarte Lara prega durante o Acampamento de Cura e Libertação

Fr. Duarte Lara preaches during a Healing and Deliverance retreat at Canção Nova

The sick touched by Jesus are healed
“And in the villages, cities, and fields where they came, they placed the sick in the squares and asked Him to touch at least the hem of His garment. And all who touched him were healed “(Mk 6, 53-56)

 
What are our diseases and infirmities, if not our exposed and known frailties coming to light. We are born fragile and there is nothing more fragile than a child when he or she comes out of its mother’s womb. Our fragility gives us an awareness of a supreme truth and a sounding strength in the life that is called God.

When we take our infirmities, our sick and sick to the presence of Jesus, to be touched by Him, we, too, are touched by the strength of God.

It is the Lord who strengthens us, because we are not strong. God is strong! When He is in us we are strengthened and placed on our feet.

We can train a lot and stay strong and muscular, but only sooner or later, fragility knocks at our door. I must say that it is very important that we become aware of our fragility, for when we are not aware of our frailties, we are surrounded and dominated by pride and pride.

Pride and pride blind us, deceive us and put us in the worst of diseases, because with them we do not see healing and strength, and the healing and strength of our lives has a name: Jesus.

God sent His Son into the world so that all our frailties would be and be at the Lord’s feet of life. When we feel strong and believe that no evil can overcome us, the “snake bite” weakens us, the “sting of evil” makes us aware of how fragile we are.

God wants to strengthen each one of us!

Let us place trust and hope in the Lord, because He is our strength and takes care of our frailties.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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Jan 022018
 

Messa e Giornata MarianaThe womb of Mary is the place of our communion with God, it is the place to rescue ourselves
“When the appointed time was fulfilled, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman” (Gal 4: 4).
 
On the first day of the year, we want to contemplate Jesus, the Son of God who became man and lived among us through a woman. It is wonderful to see that the biblical text, the Letter to the Galatians, emphasizes the fact that the Son of God was born of a woman.


You may think, “Every child will be born of a woman.” While ancient cultures always give value to the patriarchal side, to man, the Bible creates a new order, places this woman in the primacy of events. The humanity of Jesus alive, present and incarnated among us, takes place through the Virgin Mary.


It is important to understand that this child born of Mary is the eternal Son of God. Although Jesus is incarnate and we see Him only in His human form, in His human appearance, the way He manifests Himself in our midst, He is the eternal Son of God.


The Church puts on the first day of the year the celebration of Mary, the Mother of God. Many may think, “How will Mary be the mother of God, if He created Mary?” It is true. It was God who made her, she is a creature of God like us, but she was a chosen creature for the Son of God to be born through Her. This is the fact that we worship and turn to Her.


Jesus is incarnate in the womb of Mary. I see Jesus present in the Tabernacle, the Consecrated Host, but the first Tabernacle, the first dwelling place of Jesus in our midst, was in the womb of Mary. That womb nourished, nourished, gave vitality and vigor to the humanity of Jesus.


Today we want to contemplate the new creation, the new creature, the new man born in Mary. When we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God, just on the first day of the year, is precisely to say that in Mary all things are recreated and made. Jesus began salvation in the womb of His Mother, where the new Paradise, the new Eden, the garden that God created, was established for us to live our salvation and our communion with God.


The womb of Mary is the place of our communion with God, it is the place to rescue ourselves, to recreate and to rebuild. We want to start this year with a new life.


Everyone says, “New Year, new life,” but there is no new life if we do not start with God unless we allow Him to restore and do all things new to our lives. We must turn to God, that He may restore all things. Mary is the new creature, the new Eve, the new woman, the new humanity; is the full, redeemed human being. May It point us to the path of Paradise, Eden, the way of the new creature, because, we want to be new every day.
God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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Dec 212017
 

“Now I say to you, Elijah has come, but they did not recognize him. On the contrary, they did with him whatever they wanted. So the Son of Man will be mistreated by them “(Matthew 17:12).
 
The Jews awaited the return of Elijah; he was a well-recognized prophet in the Old Testament, he was the greatest of the prophets for all that he signified in the prophecy of Israel, in the teaching of the will of God, for the austere life he led, for the friendship and intimacy he had with the Lord.


The belief was that Elijah should return, but they did not understand the divine logic. It is not that Elijah would incarnate again to make himself present, but the “spirit” of Elijah. What he brought as the ardor of the presence of God in the midst of the people came in the figure of John the Baptist.


John the Baptist represented Elijah to the people, but they did not recognize him, not that John was the incarnate Elijah, but his values ​​were present in the life of John the Baptist.


Many went to John and were baptized for him, received his words, but many mocked, despised and ridiculed John, saw in him a madman.


Jesus is saying, “As they did unto John, and they did not recognize him as a prophetic sign, they despised him, even as they would do unto the Son of Man.” The Son of Man will be mistreated, will not be recognized, and we know that He, after all this, will still be crucified and killed by men.


Contempt is non-recognition, contempt means not receiving, it is, above all, expelling that sacred presence from the midst of our lives.
We can not despise the presence of God in our midst, let us not do this at all. We know that if we do not do it directly, we do it through indifference, in the slightest case, we do not recognize where God is present in our midst.


I could quote the Word of God, the sacraments, but there are visits of God to our environment that are ignored and despised, above all, when God manifests in the person of the neighbor. There is no closer visit to God in our midst than His visitation through suffering.


It does not mean that God wants us to suffer, but when suffering knocks at our door, God goes ahead to say that he is suffering with us and that he is at our side.


When I meet a sufferer, someone who is truly suffering, in my home, in my family, in the society where we are, there is the place to meet God, it is the place to welcome Him, there is the person of God present in the middle of us.
Let us not despise suffering, as if it were a curse, but find the blessing in suffering

Fr. Roger Araujo

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Dec 142017
 

The great grace of life is to recognize where sin is and to sincerely seek the forgiveness of God
“What is easier to say, ‘Thy sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? For that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins – he said to the paralytic – I I tell you, get up, take the bed and go home “(Luke 5: 23-24).
 
Jesus is healing this paralytic who came to meet Him, carried by those men, this shows that: the greatness of God in our midst erases, forgives and justifies His presence in our midst.
We may not be aware of what sin accomplishes in us, the way sin paralyzes our life, society and humanity.
All the technological advances we admire and perceive in our midst have no proportion to paralysis, to the lethargy that takes over our human relationships because of sin.
If we want to advance in faith, if we want to advance as human beings, if we want to get out of the paralysis that our life often finds, we must seek with sincerity of heart, forgiveness for our sins.


How do you sincerely seek forgiveness for your sins? Recognizing oneself as a sinner, acknowledging the sins in our lives, recognizing where we have sinned, where we fail to recognize the evil that sin accomplishes not only in us, but in life, in society, in our human relationships, the evil that sin causes in our own home, in our family.


God does not want us paralyzed. He came to lift us from what sin made us to succumb, He came to remove us from the dust, from the indigence and came to stand with us.


God wants us to walk and build the Kingdom of God, but if we do not take seriously the drastic consequences He performs in our lives, our paralysis only grows, things within us are entrapped. To keep so many old and spoiled things that are useless in us. The heart and mind get heavy too. And we often want to take medicine, solve the problem one way or the other, but the great grace of life is to recognize where sin is and sincerely seek the forgiveness of God.
Rise and walk, for God wants us to stand.
God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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Nov 092017
 

Pregação com Astromar MirandaThe Word is the leaven of the Kingdom of God, which comes to give quality and consistency, to transform

“He is like the mustard seed, which a man takes and shoots in his garden. The seed grows, it becomes a great tree, and the birds of the sky make nests in its branches “(Luke 13, 19).

 
We can think of a grain of mustard seed as insignificant, small, almost invisible to the eyes, worthless. We only value it when it is planted, when it grows and bears fruit.

The Kingdom of Heaven is insignificant for many, because sometimes one has other things in life, such as his goods and longings, his work, his search and vanity, but then these things disappear. And what flourishes, abides and creates a whole new life is that despised seed that seems insignificant.

I am a witness of lives transformed, renewed and changed thanks to the seed of the Gospel.

When we look at our lives, it may seem that the Gospel means nothing, it’s more of a book or something, but it’s not. The Gospel is not a book, but a life, a person, is God himself, it is Jesus by His Word that transforms us, renews us, that renews our whole life needs.

Let us accept the Word of God in the heart as a small word like so many others, but it will become the most significant, the most important, transforming and renewing of our life. It is like the leaven of the Kingdom of God, which comes to give quality, consistency and transform when it allows itself to be transformed, renewed, healed and liberated by this Word.

May our whole heart be taken and taken care of by all the force that the Word of God has to transform and renew us.

God bless you!

 

Father Roger Araújo
Priest of the Community Canção Nova, journalist and collaborator of the Portal Canção Nova.

Contact us: padrerogercn@gmail.com

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Oct 182017
 

Cavalgada Canção Nova SertanejaBe a loving and fruitful presence, be a disciple of Jesus wherever you are.

“At that time the Lord chose other seventy-two disciples and sent them two by two in front of him to every city and place where he himself was to go” (Luke 10: 1).

 
Today, we celebrate the evangelist Saint Luke. He was a physician, and became a physician of the soul, of the heart, a great disciple, an apostle and preacher of the Gospel. What is the grace that Luke had? The grace to be sent to speak and preach in the name of the Lord and to proclaim His Kingdom.

Everyone who proposes to be a disciple of Jesus goes where He should go. Go in the name of Jesus, in His authority, will speak because of Him.

We need to be disciples of Jesus, we must be the mouth of Him, be His voice and presence where He wants to be present. Let us be this loving and fruitful presence, let us be disciples of Jesus wherever we are. In our work, Jesus must be, for that is where we are sent. So in school, in the family, wherever we may be.

Let’s go out into the world, let’s go on a mission. We are sent by the Lord! If we can, let’s go as two – I’m sure that in your work there is someone else who is Jesus too. Whatever the apostolate, exercise it with love.

I have the grace to celebrate Masses in many departments, companies, public agencies, where people gather to celebrate the presence of the Lord. I always say, “It’s not proselytism to stand for religion. It is the place of being leaven, light and the presence of God where He wants to be. Do not be the one who is a Christian only when you go to church. ” “When I’m in church, I’m a Christian, I’m talking about Jesus. I only work here. ”

No! Enjoy the time, the opportunity, that lunchtime, the conversation. Instead of sowing gossip, discord, speak ill of the boss, of the colleague, speak badly of the other, announce Jesus, proclaim the love of Him, proclaim that among us the love of Him everything wins. Otherwise, our own work environment becomes the most depressing place in the world, the places where which are a real burden for us.

If we take Jesus where we are, there He will be present, because we are His presence.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

 

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