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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. “


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

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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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Jun 132018

Translation: “Faith makes us stronger”

In the background, anxiety is lack of faith
We are now accustomed to speed. Everything is very fast: the car, the elevator, the internet, the bank transaction, the meal. We barely have time to cultivate coexistence with our family, our brothers and our friends. Providence can not wait, that email has to be sent in five minutes, if by the end of the day this task is not completed, it will be a catastrophe! Because we want the outcome of our actions to be instantaneous.We’re in a hurry! We can not wait a minute. Deep down, anxiety is lack of faith. We are anxious because we do not feel secure in what lies ahead. For anxiety, the only response our human and insecure heart can give is immediacy and haste. If you believe that you will achieve victory and understand that this victory is not earthly, human, but it is the victory in which we partake with Christ, the victory that is already certain, already given to us by Him on the Cross, why be anxious Let us rest our hearts in God on this day and learn to wait on Him, God has the right time for all things, the Lord bless you!
Your brother,

Wellington Jardim (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPI
 Posted by at 01:01
May 072018

Translation: Stay firm, my child

Discipline generates saints
God knows all our needs, and if I want to channel everything into my will, I just mess up. If I open my hand to God, instead, of course, God will attend to my needs in His time and His way. People escape the hands of God because there is no interest in prayer. He is kind and compassionate to us and kindly waits for us. Now, He puts us in His school to learn to seek Him, because He is God, our God.

In this school, one must discipline oneself: discipline creates saints. For discipline to take place, there must be organization. We need to organize our lives in every way: to organize our life with God, our work life, our interior, our home. In short, it is necessary to begin with this resumption of organization, from the small to the great things that involve our life. In our life, nothing should be stuck. The review of life leads us to a greater intimacy with the Lord, calms our agitated interior, makes us realize the action of divine providence in our lives.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Apr 012018

Benção do Fogo e Santa Missa da Vigília Pascal



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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