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Dec 312018
 

Get ready to live this new year with joy and hope

Another new year is approaching! At this time, hope is renewed and with this we make a series of promises for ourselves; we make plans, we are determined to do a lot of things like losing weight, studying, doing physical exercise, etc. But often, we only remember those promises when the end of the year comes and we stop to take stock of what we live . At this point, some people simply tell themselves that “this time it will be different!” And make new plans. Others, when faced with their unfulfilled plans, feel themselves to be unsuccessful and frustrated.

We need to do a good analysis of what we live through the year, see what goals we achieve and what we can not achieve. In this last one, we need to have the courage to identify what really was our fault, to recognize the mistakes and limits , and what was the result of situations beyond our control, for example diseases.

That in this new year your hopes are renewed

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In what we failed, what really lacked?

Often the plans we make at the end of the year are taken by the heat of emotion, driven by the impulse or influence of friends, or even the media; lacking a real inner commitment, a planning. Plans called “out-of-mouth” are repeated year after year without reaching any results. To complain, to complain about oneself and the world, leads to nothing. It takes an active and courageous attitude.

I invite you, then, to look within and answer: what do I really want for 2019? What am I really going to commit to? Change of life requires commitment, renunciation, and effort. Goals and plans are not achieved without struggle. After you answer that question, you need to think, “What are the steps I need to take? Will I need to seek help from someone or from a professional? “ That is, if you want to get to the end of the year with your plans made, you need to plan what you are going to do. One caution you need to take is to not fill up with many plans and goals, because the risk of reaching the end of the year and facing the same situation is great.

 

May you have a happy and blessed 2019!

Manuela Melo

Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist, Manuela Melo attended an MBA in People Management. Member of the Canção Nova Community for 20 years, today the psychologist works in Recife and Surubim, both cities of the State of Pernambuco in Brazil, where she currently resides. Contact: manuelamelocn@gmail.com

 

 

 

 Posted by at 01:01
Oct 022018
 

God does not deceive anyone. 

He is the Truth, therefore, His words are always true

In this “Light of Faith” program, I want to reflect with you on number 215 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which teaches us the following:

God is the Truth

215. “The beginning of thy word is truth, thy standards are righteousness for ever” (Ps 119:160). “Yea, Lord God, thou art the God, thy words are truth” (2Samuel 7:28); that is why the promises of God always come true. God is Truth itself; His words can not deceive. That is why we can confidently surrender to the truth and faithfulness of His word in all things. The beginning of sin and the fall of man was caused by a lie of the tempter, which led man to doubt the word of God, His benevolence and faithfulness.

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Look at what the Catechism of the Church affirms: God is Truth itself; His words cannot deceive.

I once filled my car at a gas station in the Vale do Paraíba region of Brazil, where I live. From driving a lot, I am well aware of the capacity of the fuel tank, how much liters will be needed to fill the tank depending on what fuel guage says, etc. Well … I went to fill my car at a certain station and I was surprised to see that the fuel pump was still working (and charging more money!) Despite the calculations I had made to fill the tank. After this episode, I decided not to fuel my car at this station.

Why am I telling you this fact? Because, on that day, I left that gas station feeling deceived, injured. It’s awful to feel cheated! Is not it? Have you ever experienced this deception in a situation? Ever felt cheated by someone? How sad that is! Right?

Read more: 
.: Light of Faith: Discovering smallness itself 
.: Light of faith: The omnipotence of God sets us free. 
.: Light of faith: There is only one God!

However, as far as God is concerned, the Catechism states with certainty that “His words cannot deceive.” What good news, my brothers! God does not deceive anyone. He is the Truth, therefore His words are always true and never deceitful.

In relationship with God, one can go with confidence, without fear, without fear of being deceived. We can invest in this friendship with the Lord very peacefully. However, knowing that our God is the Truth and that we are called to relate to Him, we also need to cultivate truth in our lives. If we choose to lie and deceive others, unfortunately, we will be compacting with the one who is considered the “father of lies”, Satan. And we do not want to have anything to do with him! We belong to God, because He is the Truth.

Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Flying Ox

It is said that St. Thomas Aquinas was in his cell in the convent of Saint Jacques, studying and working on obscure medieval manuscripts when suddenly a friar, who was exclaiming with scandal,

“Come and see, Brother Thomas, come and see an ox flying!”

The great Doctor of the Church, very quietly, rose from his stool, left the cell and, going to the atrium of the monastery, began to look up at the sky, with his hand in hand over the tired eyes of the study.

As he saw it, the youthful friar burst into laughter.

“Why, Brother Thomas, are you so gullible that you believe an ox could fly?”

“Why not, my friend? Said the saint.

And, with the same simplicity, flower of wisdom, he added:

“I preferred to admit that an ox would fly into believing that a religious could lie.

Let us take today the decision not to lie or deceive others. Let us be of the Truth, even if it costs us a high price, even if it costs us “blood, sweat and tears.” It does not matter! Let us remain in the Truth until the end, because it is worth it.

He who is the Truth itself will at last give us His reward.

A big hug!

Alexandre Oliveira

Member of the Canção Nova Community since 1997, Alexandre is from the city of Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Married, he is the father of two children. The missionary is also a preacher, presenter and producer of content on the ‘Training’ channel of Portal Canção Nova.

 Posted by at 10:57
Aug 282018
 

God’s love for us is infinite

The whole Christian life has a center: love. John Paul II explains it incomparably: “Being Christians is not first to assume a multitude of commitments and obligations, but to allow oneself to be loved by God.” And complete: “Whoever you are, whatever your existential condition, God loves you. He totally loves you. God loves all without distinction and without limits. He loves us all with an unconditional and eternal love. “

God loves us as only He can do it: infinitely. God surrounds us, out of love, with His Grace, despite our negligence and imperfections. However unworthy we may be, He inspires us, enlightens our ways and diffuses into our hearts. Again, St. John Paul II reminds us that “the love of God to men knows no limits”, does not stop at any barrier of race or culture: it is universal, it is for all. Just ask for availability and welcome; only requires a human terrain to fertilize, done with an honest conscience and goodwill. “

The Christian needs to understand the strength of God's love for us

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The fullness of God’s love

The love of God is so great that it became man. This for some creatures is unthinkable. A God who becomes a man? A God who, from the state of absolute omnipotence, is reduced to the smallness of a human being? God has done for us, more than we can understand. Is there such a love in the world, despite our faults, faults and offenses?

God has come to us to unexpected ends, to the extent of becoming man to save us. St. Augustine said that so great was the pride of man that he needed divine humility to heal himself.

And love with love gets paid. The love that God has for us is the health of the soul. A soul without love is dead. We can not see the Creator with lukewarmness as He loves us with so much ardor. If God loves us, Saint Bernard reminds us, we must love Him, knowing that it makes us happy.

The Commandment

The first commandment is to love God with all your heart , with all your might. We must consecrate to Him every thought, intelligence and daily work. The measure of love for God is to love him without measure. We must wish to love him more. Whoever does not want to love God more than He loves will in no way fulfill the precept of love. Blessed Jose Maria Escriva said: “Lord, that you may have weight and measure in everything … except in Love” (Path, 427).

Man can never love God as much as He should be loved, because God is infinitely kind. We must ask God to let us know Him, to love Him deeply, to let us see Him in all things.

God alone is enough to calm our desires. “God is greater than our heart” (1 Jn 3:20). That is why Augustine says in the First Book of Confessions : “Lord, you have made us for yourself and our heart are restless until it rests in you.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us the two fundamental commandments: to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as yourself. And we all know how hard it is to love those who offend us.

John Paul, presents this to us wonderfully: “To some people it is easy to love them; to others, it is difficult: they are not nice, they have offended us or done us wrong; only if I love God in seriousness, I come to love them as daughters of God and because He commands me. Jesus has also fixed how to love our neighbor, that is, not only with the feeling, but with the facts: (…) I was hungry in the person of my little brothers, did you feed me? Did you visit me when I was sick? “

Read more: 
.: God calls every man to holiness 
.: Spiritual aridity can be a stepping stone to holiness 
.: Three Steps to Live the Quest for Holiness 
.: What are the goals? What do we bring in the heart that we need to heal?

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We love our neighbor for God, because those who love God, it is inevitable not to love our neighbor

Saint Therese of Lisieux explains: “I understood that only love is what drives us… if this love were lacking, the apostles would not proclaim the Gospel, nor would the martyrs shed their blood. Love contains all vocations, love is everything, embraces all times and places: love is eternal. Then, full of overflowing joy, ‘Oh Jesus, my love, I have finally found my vocation: my vocation is love!’ “

In addition, love protects us from adversity. Suffering, abandonment, contradiction, when taken in love, take on a totally different meaning. Even setbacks and temporary difficulties for the one he loves.

“All that is difficult, in the commandments , is done by love. What does not love do? See how they work those who love; those who suffer do not feel, they redouble their efforts to the tone of difficulties, “reminds St. Augustine.

“In your difficulties, in moments of trial and discouragement, when it seems that all dedication is as empty of interests and values, bear in mind that God knows your efforts! God loves you one by one, is close to you, understands them! Trust in Him and in this certainty, find the courage and joy to fulfill your duty with love and with joy! “(St. John Paul II).

Life of holiness

Love leads to happiness. Only to those who have it, He promises them eternal bliss. And without Him, everything else has been insufficient. Love produces in man perfect joy .

Let us again find the way to God. Not to any god, but to the God who has manifested himself Father in the most loving face of Jesus of Nazareth. Let us remember the tender and affectionate embrace of the Father when he finds the “prodigal” son again. If we let ourselves be found by Him, our hearts will speak of peace. It will be easy to respond to His love with love. To understand, just think of Jesus on the Cross and the thief crucified with Him, next to Him. Jesus assured him, “Today you will be with me in paradise!”

There is probably no one who loves the world more than a mother. Let us meet with the Blessed Virgin and ask her to teach us to love her Son more. She had him in her arms, when she was born in a crib, and when they came down from the Cross. Mary, the perfect model of Love for God, will show us the way to give our whole heart to God.

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 Posted by at 01:01
Aug 272018
 

PAROUSIA

We can understand the second coming of Christ as an essential part of our salvation history

In speaking of the coming of Christ, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reminds us of the intermediate coming between the first, that of the Incarnation, and the second, that known as Parousia. The intermediate coming is through the sacraments, through the presence of the Lord in us. In fact, Scripture says, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, my Father will love him, and we will come and make our home in him” (John 14:23).

According to St. Bernard, in the middle coming each one perceives Christ in himself and receives salvation. He further says that at the first coming the Lord came in the weakness of the flesh; in the intermediate, comes spiritually, manifesting the power of his grace; in the latter, will come with all the splendor of His glory. It is for us to reflect on the latter, known as the second coming of Christ, that of Parousia, the splendor of His glory.

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The sense of glory here does not want to diminish the sense of the first coming in the Incarnation in humility and the power of His love, but to emphasize the following truth: the Christ who will come in glory is the same in the radiance of His humility, kindness and justice. The Christ who will come in glory will appear with the same will to save all, which does not mean the acceptance of all. Thus the Parousia, in a sense, is the consummation of the Incarnation.

What do we find in the Holy Scriptures about the second coming of Christ?

To get into this theme, let’s think about creation. Let us understand that, in speaking of creation, this does not mean that the world originated in time, but that time came to have origin with the world.Creation is an event beyond space and time, and we can not think of it only in view of these two categories that make human history possible. The world was created by God over time and not in time.The world, space and time originate from the eternal and creative will of God. As in creation (cf. Gen. 1: 1f), the consummation of the world will also occur with time and space, and not in time and space, therefore, not the we must think about the limits of our way of knowing.

The consummation of this world will take place in the experience of the Resurrection of Jesus and of each of us, no longer in a way bound to the categories of this world, will be a reality that will occur in the world, but will be beyond it. That is, it will be a historical reality, but it will transcend it.

What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church say?

The glorious return of Jesus is an event linked to the Last Judgment / Universal (cf. n. 1040-1042). As to when this will take place, nor does the Catechism affirm, it only says that “only the Father knows the hour and the day of this Judgment.” Through the Son, He will pronounce His final word on all history.

The Catechism further states that “from the Ascension, Christ’s coming in glory is imminent, although we do not know the times and times which the Father has fixed with his own authority” (Acts 1: 7) … before the coming of Christ, the Church must go through a final ordeal that will shake the faith of many. Persecution accompanying his pilgrimage on earth will expose the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious imposture, which will bring to men an apparent solution to their problems at the cost of the apostasy of truth “(n. 674-675).

Read more: 
.: Announcing the name of Jesus as we await His coming 
.: The Two Comings of Jesus Christ 
.: What are the signs that Jesus will return?

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As Christians, let us live this time in hope and vigilance, in the certainty that the Church will enter into the glory of the Kingdom only through this last Passover, in which she will follow her Lord in His Death and Resurrection. God’s triumph over the evil revolt will take the form of the Last Judgment after the last cosmic shock of this passing world, as the Catechism states (n. 677).

Thus, we can understand the second coming of Christ as an essential part of our salvation history. As long as He does not come, we have to choose Him every day, without denying His grace in us, lest we become “judges” of ourselves, denying the grace of Christ in us, which would be something terrible and sad. What we want is the joys of eternal life in God.

Come, Lord Jesus!

God bless you.

reference:

BERNARDO DE CLARAVAL. Sermo 5 in Adventu Domini, 1-3: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 4 [1966], 188-190 apud LITURGIA das Horas I, Ofício das leituras da quarta feira da primeira semana do Advento.

CATECISMO DA IGREJA CATÓLICA, São Paulo: Edições Loyola.

 

Father Edison de Oliveira

Father Edison de Oliveira is a member of the Canção Nova Community, graduated in Philosophy and Theology, ordained on August 28, 2016 in the Diocese of Lorena-São Paulo, Brazil.

 Posted by at 10:18
Jun 292018
 

The remedy to combat impurity and chastity

Continuing our series of studies on capital sins , let us now take note of the sin of impurity and the remedy to combat it: chastity.

St. Paul tells the Corinthians: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is one of his members” (1 Cor 12,27). He further says, “Flee from fornication. Any other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the unclean sins against his own body “(1 Cor 6:18). With this we can say that the sin of impurity is serious, because it does evil not only for those who practice it, but also for the whole mystical body of Christ.

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The apostle still says, “Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot?Or do you not know that he who joins a prostitute becomes one body with her? It is written, ‘They shall be one flesh’ (Gen 2:24) “(1 Cor 6:16). We see that, for Paul, indulging in prostitution is the same as prostituting the Body of Christ. Said professor Felipe Aquino, in his book ‘The Sins and the Capital Virtues’ , that “this is a religious reality of which we have not yet become full science; that is, every time I sin, my sin reaches the whole Body of Christ. That is one of the reasons why we confess to the minister of the Church, to reconcile with her, who was defiled by our fault. “

Sin of impurity

Jesus took the sin of impurity very seriously. In the Sermon on the Mount, as he taught the people, He said, “Whosoever casteth a look of covetousness upon a woman, yet committeth adultery with her in his heart.” (Mt 5, 27-28). With these words, Jesus wants to teach that the sin of impurity must necessarily be cut off at the root, that is, already in the thoughts and imaginations. “Out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, impurities, thefts, false witnesses, slander” (Mt 15:19). If the sin of impurity is not cut off in thought, it will soon be transformed into an act.

The sin of uncleanness is often experienced between boyfriends and girlfriends. They begin to live a married life before the sacrament of matrimony . They did not understand that the “union of bodies only makes sense when there is a prior union of hearts and souls in a solid and permanent way, as in marriage” (Felipe Aquino).

As professor Felipe Aquino teaches, “Sex is beautiful, but out of God’s plan it is a disaster, it explodes like an atomic bomb. Sadly, our society promotes acrimonious, dirty sex with no responsibility or commitment, and then gets scared of the millions of pregnant girls, rapes, separations, adulteries, etc. “

Chastity

Pope John Paul II : “Sexual education, the fundamental right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their diligent guidance, whether at home or in the chosen educational centers. In this context, ‘education for chastity’ as a virtue that develops the authentic maturity of the person is absolutely indispensable, and makes it capable of respecting and promoting the ‘nuptial meaning’ of the body “( Familiaris Consortio , n.37).

It is worth remembering the exciting moment of Saint John Paul II when he was in the Philippines in January 1995. There were more than 4 million young people there to attend Holy Mass celebrated in Manila. To the surprise and at the same time, the pope’s joy, a group of approximately fifty thousand young people gave their holiness a petition containing their commitment to live chastity. The Pope was moved.

In sum, “chastity is the virtue that most shapes true men and women, according to God’s desire, and prepares them to build solid, indissoluble, and fertile families. But, unfortunately, we Catholics also, by terrible omission, allowed the beautiful banner of chastity to be lowered. We were silent and silent before us, the horrors of a “free-sex”, and perverted “(Felipe Aquino).

The remedy against impurity is chastity . We must flee from every occasion of sin. Says the popular saying: “the occasion makes the thief”. We can not open loopholes for sin in our lives. If we open it, it will enter and destroy our life. For this reason, we must say no to everything that leads us to sin: movies, books, magazines, music, etc. One thing is certain, chastity will never live in one unless one watches over one’s eyes, thoughts, and imaginations. Above all, avoid the occasions that can lead to sin.

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Elenildo Pereira

Candidate for the Holy Orders in the Canção Nova Community. Graduated in Philosophy from Canção Nova College, Cachoeira Paulista (SP). Bachelor of Theology from Dehoniana College, Taubaté (SP) and post-graduate in Bioethics at Canção Nova College. He works in the TV Department of Canção Nova, in the Shrine of the Father of Mercies and hearing confessions

 Posted by at 01:01
Jun 272018
 

After suffering, you must learn to discover forgiveness.

One of our most common reactions to suffering is the search for justification and see the guilty for such situations.

It is not easy to deal with pain, but it is even harder to face loss and injustice. What parent, who loses his child in a murder, will not be disgusted? Human pain is understandable and can not be detailed, but we must learn to work it in ourselves.

It is possible to forgive from suffering and injustice

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In the face of injustice , hurt and revolt are real consequences, however, history tells us that such realities are only consequences and not remedy.

Violence always generates only more violence , thus triggering a gradual process of spreading hate, which will never find its end.

But how to put an end to this process?

For violence to be absent, it is necessary that there be awareness that one side must yield, forgive.

We are very proud in consequence of the original sin rooted in us, and sometimes we contemplate situations only from the angle of our own reason. We never want to bend, and we always want to be right, and often we are. But “to love means to lose in order to win”, to forgive is to overcome one’s own reason for vengeance for a more noble reality.

However wronged we may have been, the most rational attitude toward such a situation is forgiveness . Sorrow makes us small and impoverished, and causes us innumerable diseases according to scientific data.

The bearer of hatred is always the most harmed. When we are hurt we think of the person who has caused us this hurt for 24 hours a day, and we end up “imprisoning” ourselves. He who feeds hatred sees only himself, his suffering, fragmenting his own existence and leaving aside other essential realities.

Forgiveness brings peace

Who lives hurt does not have quality of life, does not have peace. To forgive is to extinguish the fabric of meanings that hatred produces in us, and to free ourselves to discover beauty even in misfortune.

I know that in certain situations forgiveness is not easy, but to forgive is a matter of decision and not of feeling. The grace of God does not abandon us, it is always ready to help those who truly want to live reconciliation .

Do not waste more time, get rid of the hurt, because there is much life to live, and much joy to conquer.Courage!

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Father Adriano Zandoná 

Father Adriano Zandoná

Father Adriano Zandoná is a missionary of the Canção Nova Community. Graduated in Philosophy and Theology, he has four books published by Editora Canção Nova and participates in two prayer CDs and presents the program “Pra ser Feliz” on TV Canção Nova.

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