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Jun 142017
 

Let us apply ourselves with commitment and dedication to remain United in the vine Jesus

“Abide in me as I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, if you don’t stay on the vine, so also ye cannot bear fruit, if you do not abide in me “ (John 15.4).

That’s how the Master Jesus is teaching us. Remaining in Him means to be attached to Him, and to live in communion with him. There’s no point in being of Jesus, being in the Church, if we don’t remain in God, in his word, in His Spirit and in deep communion with him.

After you walk a certain time in Church, after you already know the word of God, our heart will experience that trend of self-reliance, to find that we already know, that we are already masters, doctorates in the things of God, we can go out on our own.

But, of course we need mature and grow in faith, we must not forget the essential lesson: always remain connected to God. The more that we mature in the life of the spirit, the more we are called to be rooted and connected in God! Until we can do a lot of good things, for our own ease, by provision of our hearts, for the natural inclinations that we have, but we will only bear fruit if we abide in Jesus. We go to church, talking about beautiful things, that touch the hearts of the people, but the fruits will come only if they are linked and connected to Christ Jesus.

How do we stay in Jesus? First, the path of excellence called prayer, because it is our communion and connection with him, with the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

There is no Union with God if we don’t pass through prayer. We cannot dodge or escape it. We are even tempted not to pray anyway; so, we’re succumbing to this temptation and relaxing, leaving aside prayer. The important thing, we succumb to think is that God understands us.

The Lord understands us; don’t have any doubt about that! But it is the communion that weakens, the bonds of love are going to break, not by God, because He never leaves us. It is our spirit that will grow weaker, losing direction, because what feeds our fellowship with God is prayer! Let us apply ourselves with commitment and dedication to remain United in the vine Jesus, because He wants to remain in us.

God bless you!

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Jun 122017
 

The love of God is shed deep into our hearts, and each one of us can plunge into the His peace.

I leave you peace, my peace I give unto you; but not as the world. Don’t let your heart be  bothered or intimidated”(John 14, 27).

The gift of peace is divine and Heavenly, it is a gift from the heart of God. The peace that God gives us is the peace that comes from him; the peace that is pure and is its essence.

Jesus is giving us his peace and not the peace that the world gives us, because world peace may simply be absence of conflicts, wars or something along those lines. Peace is something much deeper, it goes in the intimate part of our soul and our heart, puts us in communion with God and with each other. Peace is the fruit of love, which generates peace in our hearts.

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, and each one of us can plunge into the peace of God. We have conflicts? Yes! Don’t we look at the difficulties, problems and situations, but we have a different way of fighting, we are fitted with the gift of peace. We’re not immune to war, we go to war and fight against the enemies of the soul and the heart.

Our medicine, our gun, above all, is the peace that comes from the heart of God, the peace that God gives us and that, above all, does not let our heart be disturb with difficulties, with tribulations and with all the difficult situations that we face in this life. We need to let our hearts find peace in God, curing our afflictions, which contain our troubles, and gives us peace and tranquility for living, evangelizing and love.

We don’t understand tranquility as we didn’t have difficulties, is not contrary to another. Rather, difficulties are being overcome in that peace that comes from the heart of God. I’m not lost in a fog or now do I bow in front of the afflictions and tribulations I face in my life, I bow before the peace of God, before the spirit of God which is given.

It is interesting in acts of the Apostles: we hear of “beig spent by many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of God”. The tribulations we’ve been through in our lifes do not to take our peace; rather, there is much evidence that we learn to live the peace of God even when we are covered in a whirlwind of trouble and tricky situations.

May the peace of God to invade our hearts!

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

Jun 012017
 

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Jesus will be within us when we apply ourselves to live his word

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come and make him our address” (John 14, 23).

How Beautiful: “If anyone loves me, He will keep my word”. Loving Jesus is not just saying: “Jesus, I love you”, I don’t even need to say this. Loving Jesus is keeping his word, observing it and take it seriously.

We love Jesus when we trust him. And the confidence that we can give him is to keep in our hearts and in our lives everything he taught us how to live, because His words cannot be straws in the wind, because they are important to our lives.

Loving Jesus is loving his commandments, his laws, decrees and all that He teaches us to live. Loving Jesus is to give of myself with all my heart, soul, and with all I am to apply myself in his word.

Don’t ignore the word of God, you are not a simple spectator or hearer of the word, but be the one who listens, meditates, chews on the word and says: “This is Word that I want to live. It is that word that I want to keep. It is the word that I want to live in everything I do and I carry in my life. “

Don’t be simply a listener, but love deeply Jesus, saving and putting into practice his words, putting into your life what he taught us.

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come.” Where is God? We know that He is in the Church, is in the midst of us, but He will be within us when we apply ourselves to live his word.

Make sure that when you silence your heart and apply yourself to meditate on the word, the Father, Jesus and the spirit are with us. When, in our everyday life, we have to die to ourselves to put into practice the word of Jesus, we are not alone, He is with us, vibrantly with us, inspiring, illuminating us, guarding us and preserving us in the fight against sin. But if I make the choice to live another word, it’s like I was saying: “I don’t want to live with you! I want to live with myself. “

God wants to live, live and walk with us. He walks and lives with us when we keep His Word!

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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May 312017
 

If we want to live God’s forgiveness, let us ask the gift of forgiveness

Stiff necked Men, insensitive and uncircumcised in heart and ears! Your ancestors always refused to listen the Holy Spirit  so do you! “ (cf: At 7, 51).

We are tracking the last moments of the Earthly life of St. Stephen. He is for us a model, man of faith, and filled with the Holy Spirit. He attracted all at his side in submission to the will of God, by the preaching of the word and submission to the Holy Spirit.

For this reason, Stephen was persecuted, driven to death and, right in front of his captors, his evangelical audacity did not stop nor prevent him from announcing the Gospel to those men, so he opened to the truth of the Gospel,but they were with closed heart, ears covered so as not to hear the word of the Lord.

You know, the insensitivity of heart and toughness of head closes us to know the truth. Often, we let our ears stay covered. But what does it means to have your ears covered? It’s not the inability to not listen, because you listen to the sounds, words, but they do not enter your heart. These words have to fall on your heart, so as to cause a reflection, a meditation: “is this word is not for me? Does it not want to say something to my heart? “.

We must always ask God to give us grace of sensitivity to his Word, to what he wants to tell us, because we’re always concerned about what he wants to say to each other or to what we need to talk to others, but we close ourselves to what he wants to say to us and we became numb to his word.

The death of Stephen tries to sensitize those hearts that in no way wanted to be open to hear the word.

Another thing we learned from the death of Stephen is that he died as he lived, meaning he spent his life indulging in God and, at his death, also surrendered completely to the Lord. He did not experience the agony of death, but the joy and gift of delivery to God.

When you spend your life giving yourself to God, don’t stop on the hardness, the difficulties, perceptions that you have received along the way, because who gives himself to the Lord, turns himself over to Him for real! And in a life delivered to the Lord one does not stop due to the hardness of the path.

Stephen died forgiving, he  lived life without stopping in resentment, bitterness and against pursuers. He’s saying: “Father, don’t take into account the sins that these men are making against me”. Jesus died on the cross forgiving his executioners, because he lived a whole life surrounded by forgiveness.

If we want to live God’s forgiveness, let us ask the gift to forgive those who persecute us, whomever does not love us nor wants good for us, but only bad.

We will live and die in peace if we forgive which is the great gift of our life!

God bless you!

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May 242017
 

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The spirit gives us the grace to our life to be shaped according to the life in Jesus

“When the spirit comes, he will demonstrate to the world what is sin, righteousness and judgment “ (John 16.8).

The disciples began to grieve, because Jesus was saying goodbye and saying he was returning to the father. The farewell discourse of Jesus is beautiful for our life, but, at the same time, it is also a testament, a legacy of the master. John brings it to us with many details. What Jesus says is the following: “If I don’t go, the spirit will not come to you”. Why will the spirit will come to us? First, to show the world what is sin, righteousness and judgment.

It is the spirit who shows us what is sin, and the sin of the world is not recognizing the Savior, the one who saves us and gives us the understanding to know  what is not the grace of God. The sin is not accepting Jesus, is not living the life in him. It’s not simply believing in him or not. We can believe, but not accept the life from him or not live in communion with him. The great sin that we can make is not to live life in Jesus.

The spirit gives us this wisdom, this discernment and grace so that our life is shaped according to the life in Jesus. The Spirit shows us what is justice, which is to be fair. Justice, first, is the welcome of God, his grace, the Envoy of the Lord, because the Father worried about us, moved all of Heaven to say: “I need to save my children”. He sent his own son to our midst, who became one of us, took our human nature, took all our weaknesses, died by us and for us. It is a great injustice  not to acknowledge the gift and the grace of God in our midst, by the name of Christ Jesus.

The spirit, coming to our rescue, will show us the trial, which is precisely this: Welcome life in God, receive his son Jesus.

You see, it’s not God who judges and condemns us, we make our choices. Each is free, has a mind of his/herown and, in freedom of choice, each knows how to pick what’s best for him or her.

Let us make good use of the freedom that we have to choose the good, the Kingdom of God and grace. The spirit that comes to our rescue, the Advocate, our lawyer  who gives us the necessary aid  to live in the grace of the father!

God bless you!

Fr Roger Araujo

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May 032017
 

pe_rogerWe need to teach the commandments of God to our neighbor

We must not only observe the commandments, but teach others to live them

“So, who disobey these commandments, no matter how small, and teach others to do the same, is considered the least in the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5, 19).

We want to note two important things in the teaching of Jesus to our hearts today. The first of them is not to disregard the commandments, not relativize the commandments of the law of God, which are ways for our salvation, the route that every Christian, every man and woman of God needs walk to be part of the Kingdom of God. The commandments of the Lord are life for our life!

Don’t take the commandments as prohibitions, or inquisitions, “do this or do that.” Place the commandments of the law of the Lord as life for our life.

Every commandment has the loving presence of God in it, since the first-love is for God above all things-the last, which calls us not to covet anything else. These commandments are divine. What is divine is life, is sacred; is life for our own life. So, I say to you: don’t disregard the commandments of the Lord.

Sometimes, we are accustomed to do one thing, and that thing is wrong, then we say: “The other commandments I keep, but this one …”, and when we say this, we relax and, even more, the heart hardens; so, we start to disregard what is so important, and we can’t let it go. We cannot ignore even one commandment of the Lord.

When we need to review our life, when we need to put it in the light. The first thing we have to look at is how our reflection is for the commandments of the law of the Lord. They are like mirrors that help us to review our relationship with God and with our next. Always look for this mirror, for we are together again, to do this daily examination of conscience, not only when we go to church to confess, but every day, we are together again with these commandments.

The second thing is that we must not only observe the commandments, but teach others how to live them.

If you realize you’re wrong and still failed to correct the error, ask the grace of God to fix it, but never fall, please, on bad teaching what does wrong so that the other also do.

I’m sorry, but there are people who take advantage of everything they do and to consider these dishonest advantages as something honest. In addition to what is wrong, you still want to teach others to do also. Don’t do it, we’re being dishonest with us, with God, with our conscience and morals.

We learn the correct ourselves every day, but let’s not fall into a greater evil, doing wrong and teaching the other to live in error.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo
Canção Nova community priest, journalist and collaborator Canção Nova Portal.

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