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EASTER IS THE INVITATION TO RENEW OUR FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION SAYS ARCHBISHOP

Bishop Murilo Sebastião Ramos Krieger / Photo: CNBB

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil–In an Easter message, the Archbishop of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil affirms that the resurrection of Christ requires the act of faith of mankind
From the Canção Nova newsroom, with CNBB

In an Easter message, Archbishop Murilo Sebastião Ramos Krieger, archbishop of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and vice-president of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), invites Christians to renew their faith in the Risen One. According to the archbishop, Christ’s resurrection demands of mankind an act of faith. “Jesus called us to be privileged witnesses of his resurrection,” 

“We turned our gaze to the morning of the Passover and heard the words spoken to the pious women who had come to the Lord’s tomb addressed to us: ‘Do not be frightened! Do you seek Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified? He is risen! “(Mark 16: 6). Our announcement of the resurrection becomes all the more alive as we approach these words, marked by simplicity: “He is risen!” Said Bishop Murilo.

In his reflection, the archbishop of Salvador emphasized that the resurrection of Christ, a fundamental event in Christian history, is the mark that God the Father placed on life and death. “It is his” Amen, “his” yes. ” By obeying and assuming death, Jesus said yes to the Father; raising him up, the Father said yes to the Son, constituting him Lord, “observed Bishop Murilo, who went on to affirm that just as God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus, so man can be saved as long as he accepts Jesus as Lord.

Finally, Archbishop Murilo prayed for the renewal of humanity’s faith in the Risen Jesus and recalled that the resurrection of Christ is the guarantee of the resurrection of those who give their lives to the Church, to the work and the effort to bring the Gospel to the world.

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Mar 252018
 

Abraham going up to offer Isaac as a sacrifice
One of the more interesting fights in Christianity is between the concept of salvation through faith and/or  works. Many in the protestant denominations, basing their understanding in the teachings of Martin Luther, maintain that we are saved by faith and therefore, since we are saved by faith, we have no need to engage in works.

 

St. James’ Epistle, which is a letter that Martin Luther disputed, explains that it is through our works that faith becomes evident. We may say we love God, but if we do not act out of that love, then we demonstrate that we do not actually love God. We can argue for the existence of God, for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but this proves nothing more belief that even the devil has. In fact, the devil believes in God more than any saint does. But he refuses to love God.

 

St. James explains that when we live our faith then we demonstrate our love.

 

This leads me to ask about our weekly Mass attendance. Many Catholics believe but do not attend Mass and believe that they do not have to attend Mass to be saved. Others Christians will condemn Mass attendance as a sign of putting faith in works more than grace. If we return to the Letter of James, which we can consider the ultimate authority on faith and works, we see a powerful admonition that we can use as the foundation of our question about attending Mass. He writes about Abraham and Isaac. Abraham proved his love of God when he began to sacrifice his only son Isaac at God’s request. Many today are scandalized by the passage asking what kind of God does this?

 

What this passage is actually about is that the surrounding cultures practiced human sacrifice to worship their gods and our God called Abraham to this same standard to prove his love because that is the only way he understood how to prove love to the divine. Once Abraham begins to act obediently, God sends an angel to stop him and, through this, God teaches him that his faith is actually proven not by sacrifice, even of his son, as it is for the pagans, but by obedience to God and by the works of serving God and doing His will.

 

James explains, therefore, that by Abraham’s works, his faith becomes apparent.

 

Cannot the opposite be also true? If the Lord calls us to weekly Mass and we choose not to attend, are we not proving our lack of faith through our lack of obedience to God.

 

One reason for this dichotomy is that many believe that it is through good works that we are saved. James explained that we do not earn Heaven through our good works, but through them prove our relationship with God.

 

Jesus also says, “if you love me you will keep my commandments”, but that means that proof of our lack of love is in ignoring the commandments including the third. So it is here that faith and works play themselves out again.

 

The protestants think that we believe that we earn Heaven through our works and rightfully they condemn that attitude. However, James explains that we demonstrate our faith through our works. We are saved by faith and live by it in our works. If we have no works, he explains then our faith is truly dead. Indeed, he compares faith without works to a body with no spirit and such a body is likewise dead he teaches.

 

So can you call yourself a faithful Catholic and not attend Mass? Those who embrace the protestant understanding of faith and works will say, “Of course you can!” But St. James would reject this. He would explain that attending Mass is just one aspect of our life that demonstrates our faith and love.

 

If you do not attend  Mass on a weekly basis, can you say that you truly have faith and in fact love God?

Fr. Robert J Carr

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Mar 212018
 

Translation: Faith makes us stronger

Virtue is not won, it is an achievement
Virtue, from the point of view of behavior modality, makes people and their actions qualify as good. To act virtuously means to realize the true meaning of life; it is to cultivate, to nourish our deepest being that is destined to eternal union with God.

Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, wrote: “The only true way for me to be myself is to be one with Him. In Him is the ultimate meaning of my existence. Therefore, there is only one problem on which my existence, my peace and my happiness depends, which is to discover myself as I discover God. If I encounter Him, I also find Him, and if I find my true self, I will find Him. ”

Here lies the great mystery: only when we find our true self, can we find our deepest self and true. And, only if we find our true self, can we find God. These two paths are the path of virtue. Obviously, virtue is not won. One can not go to the shop of virtues and buy a package of faith, justice, hope. On the contrary, virtue is acquired in the practice of actions, related to this same virtue, thus we become persons of faith, acting in faith and, almost without realizing it, we have faith. We become bearers of hope if we act with hope, and, acting in a hopeful way, we become people of hope. In this way, the virtues express, on a deep level, what we have become. Let us seek today to practice the virtues concretely.

The Lord bless you!
Your brother,

Wellington Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

 Posted by at 01:01
Mar 202018
 

translation: Love bends to not break

Like many animals, like chickens for example, a person does not become satisfied when he is living one the fruits of the flesh, following the inclinations of this life.

He desires to have a nice car. If you have a nice car, you want to have another car. If you have a bike, you want to have a motorcycle. If you have a blouse, you want to have several. If you have one woman, you want another.

If you have a girlfriend, you want another one. If you have one house, you do not get enough, you want another. When he sees the neighbor’s house, he is envious because his yard is bigger, he envies the neighbor because he has a swimming pool, he has a new refrigerator, he even has a woman or a new spouse. The man in sin is like the chicken, just stuck. His gaze only turns to that which enslaves him, which satisfies the senses. Already, for the man animated in the Holy Spirit, everything that happens to him is reason to draw closer to God, he understands that “everything passes”. The only answer for those who desire a new life is to be docile to the Holy Spirit: “I quote heaven and earth today as witnesses against you, that I have proposed to you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that you and your descendants may live “(Deuteronomy 30:19).

Jesus I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

 Posted by at 08:54
Mar 192018
 

Translation: Keep Strong My Child

We must not fear, because God will provide everything
The Word of God tells the truth and is fulfilled completely. Therefore, we must constantly adapt and remember that God cares for us.

The guarantee is the Gospel: “Look at the crows: they do not sow nor reap, they have no barn nor no pantry. However, God sustains them. Are you not worth more than the birds? “(Lk 12,24).

Let’s remember a little bit about everything we’ve been through in our lives: difficulties, health problems. We can say that it was God who took care of us. We can not be discouraged! We want to rely on God, in his system, which is Divine Providence.

The expression “all this” means “all that is needed”: daily bread, clothing, medicine, home, everything will be given in addition .

We must not fear, because God will provide everything. If we do not have access to commerce, we will eat bread by the sweat of our faces, planting and harvesting; we will use natural remedies for various purposes. We will have quality of life. Not the one designed by men, but by our Father.

For in God, we all, without exception, have quality. We have value. It is the Word of God that says, according to the translation of the Ave Maria Bible (Portuguese/Brazil) : “You are very precious to me, and even if your price is high, it is you I want!” (Is 43,4). This is our God; it is in Him and in his Providence that we must trust.

God bless you!

Your brother, Monsignor Jonas Abib

Founder of the Canção Nova Community

 Posted by at 01:01
Mar 062018
 

The Second Vatican Council had its beginning not because of a problem of the Church, but because of the (as we call it) “crisis of modern man”. It is enough to read the documents of the Council, and it will be possible to perceive that there were no dogmatic problems in the Church, but rather problems of how to reach the modern man who is more and more lost, especially in the last 500 years.

 

Scientific evolution is not proof of human development in the moral or spiritual spheres, but only of technical development.

 

Illustrative photo: Wesley Almeida / cancaonova.com

 

What is wisdom?

Wisdom is the ability to elevate human intelligence to the maximum of its capacity. It is not the accumulation of information, but the capacity for intellectual and spiritual development. From this development, it will be possible to study anything else. Even because the intellectual life is not with the development of the brain, but with the development of man as a whole. Unfortunately, the development of wisdom is nowhere taught. only social development is taught for economic production.

Since the Council, it was already clear that no more wise people were seen as much as in the time of the Greeks, and the holy fathers of the Church, and consequently we no longer have a place to learn wisdom. For the formation of a society of wise men, it is necessary that the society is directed to this pursuit of wisdom. You can only achieve a society that is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, if there are wise men in this society. Without wise men, one can no longer build a society of sages (Plato).

 

 

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