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Jan 182016
 

Discover how Christians should respond to unanswered prayer

Prayer is dialogue with God. In the intimacy of prayer, the heart ripping the veil of fear and abandons itself in the hands of the father. There are many demands presented in life. Many others are the needs that afflict the soul and steal its peace. However, not always are our wishes granted. Facing this reality, a question echoes in the heart: How should Christians respond to unanswered prayer?

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Parents know very well that not all requests for your children can be met. Many are the reasons that are behind an unfulfilled desire. Maybe, the child needs to grow up a little more before this need is met; or even, such a request can be dangerous and put her life at risk. Many parents know that some requests that your children make to them is just caprice disguised as extreme need.

Some requests to God aim to fill our ego

God is Father and knows that not all of our requests could be met in the time and on the occasion that we want. By love, He intervenes in front of our needs and give us just what we need.Some requests to God aim to fill our ego, but it shows its reality in such a way that it seems an urgent need.

We live in times in which we are not used to living with just the essentials, and this reality is often reflected in our prayer life. Many of them do not support living with just what is essential and what we need. If you don’t acquire divine wisdom, each new prayer is, disguise the peripheral as essential.

What we now do not understand tomorrow may be as clear as the light of day

God cannot be fooled and will give us just what we need. He knows the content of intention in its true essence. Even if a request is fair and necessary, the projects of the Lord for each one of us are going to reveal the events of life. What we don’t understand today, tomorrow can be as clear as day.

God answers all our prayers, even if your answer is ‘ no ‘

Even if a request has not been answered, don’t falter. The Lord answers all our prayers, even if the answer is ‘ no ‘. Maybe the fact that we received the grace today is that God is preparing the best for the future. Renew our trust in the Lord and seek the essential. Have the courage to look at our spiritual and human needs and see if we’re not behaving like spoiled children, to whom all desires are needs, but they lack sufficient maturity to discern the reality of intentions.

Strengthen our soul in the light of the Holy Spirit of God praying:

“Divine Spirit, that with his light of love grant the necessary wisdom to faltering hearts, grant me the grace of wisdom on the needs, and may my prayer, elevated to the Father, always be guided by what I really need. Keep from me the rampant desire to satisfy my personal whims and help me to seek in the force of prayer what is essential in life. Amen! “

 

Father Flavio Sobreiro

Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the the Pontifical University of Campinas  and Studied Theology at the Faculdade Católica de Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais (MG), Father Flavio Sobreiro is parochial Vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Jacutinga (MG), and priest of the Archdiocese of Pouso Alegre (MG).

To learn more about the priest and accompany his articles (Portuguese) on the internet, go to: www.padreflaviosobreiro.com

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Dec 312015
 

Prayer is the soul food. If we do not ingest a certain amount of necessary nutrients daily, our body begins to react negatively; over time, we will acquire an anemia. The same process occurs with the inner life. If, each day, we are not cultivating a life of prayer, our soul may encounter spiritual anemia. We need to take care of the heart so that our faith will always be renewed in love and hope.

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Increasing immunity against the attacks of the enemy

Let’s together discover five reasons to pray every day and increase immunity against the attacks of the enemy?

1-Strengthening of faith:

Our life of faith feeds what we offer to our soul. When we slip up in prayer, our life of faith decreases gradually. Many are careless with their prayer life; today they are spiritually anemic, powerless in the face of difficult situations in life. The more we pray, the more our faith grows and becomes stronger.

2-resistance against the attacks of evil:

Every day, we are surrounded by many forces of evil, which try to rob us of peace. A fruitful and intense prayer life takes away from us the forces of darkness. The light that radiates from our faith leaves the enemy blind. Immersed in God, we create a spiritual resistance against all evil viruses.

 

3-personal sanctification:

The Saints reached the divine glory, because in life they were people of prayer and charity. Prayer life goes hand together with action, and to be holy takes being a person of prayer. When our life becomes prayerful, even in our work we are praying, because we are United to God in such a way that no longer can we separate us from him.

4-Immunity against the negativity:

People of mal humor tend to be of little prayer. Whoever prays is more excited, looks at life with more love, more caring of brothers and sisters. The prayerful person recognizes Christ Himself in the suffering. They are peace promoters, they practice charity without expecting return. Invest in prayer and you will see the benefits in your soul.

5 – human and spiritual Maturity:

One who cultivates a life of prayer will gradually acquire the necessary wisdom of human and spiritual realities. A regular prayer life develops spiritual maturity in the soul , which makes us leave all our weaknesses in the hands of God and we trust to his mercy the difficult situations in life, for which we can’t find solution.

The benefits for anyone who invests a period of their day in prayer are huge. There are no contraindications and everyone can be benefited by the merciful love of God, which restores the heart and give spiritual health down to the soul.

 

 

Father Flavio Sobreiro

Father Flavio is parochial Vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Jacutinga Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil, and priest of the Archdiocese of Pouso Alegre (MG).

To learn more about the priest and accompany your articles on the internet, go to: www.padreflaviosobreiro.com

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Oct 192015
 

The prophecies made by Our Lady of Good Success in the 16th century, in respect to our time, remained forgotten for a long time, as she prophesied. The Virgin Mary appeared to the servant of God Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, a little known, Spanish religious, for the first time, on February 2, 1594, in Quito, Ecuador.

Although unknown to the general public, the religious, which whose body is incorrupt today, lived her vocation in an extraordinary way. our Lady revealed events that shake the structures of the Church and society from the 19TH century to Mother Mariana, who had a mystical and hidden life, .

The Virgin Mary predicted the devaluation of the sacrament of matrimony and the corruption of the family: “as for the sacrament of matrimony, which symbolizes the Union of Christ with the Church, it will be attacked and desecrated throughout the extension of the word.” Wicked laws will be imposed, with the aim to extinguish this sacrament, facilitating all live marriage badly, propagating the generation of delinquent children, without the blessing of the Church. The Christian spirit will falter quickly. The precious light of faith will go off until you reach a near-total and general corruption. “Plus the effects of secular education, this will be reason for priestly vocations and religious to diminish”. The spirit of the world will be in domestic environments, the children will be lost and “the demon will glorify himself feeding on the exquisite delicacy of heart of the children”. In these unhappy times, there will be no more childhood innocence. ” In this way, if vocations to the priesthood are lost, it will be a real calamity”.

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Our Lady of Good Success also predicted the devaluation and the persecution of priests: “the sacred sacrament of priestly order will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised, because, in this sacrament, is the overwhelming and [mark] of the Church of God and the same God, represented in her priests. The devil will try to pursue the Ministers of the Lord in every way and work with subtle cunning and cruel to divert them from the spirit of his vocation, corrupting many of them “. These will scandalize the Christian people, the hatred of Christians and of the enemies of the Roman Catholic Church will rest on all priests . With this apparent triumph of Satan, will attract enormous sufferings to the pastors of the Church and the great majority of good priests and the Supreme Pastor and vicar of Christ on Earth. The Holy Father will spill secret and bitter tears in the presence of God, asking for light, holiness and perfection for all the clergy.

The Virgin Mary foretold, to our century, the neglect and oblivion of the sacrament of anointing of the sick: “Many people will die without receiving it — whether through carelessness of families, either through a misunderstanding affection towards his sick, others also go against the spirit of the Catholic Church, impelled by the cursed devil —, depriving the souls of countless graces, consolation and strength, to take the big leap from time to eternity.

The mother of the Church also predicted the propagation of various heresies and that, “with the field of them, will turn off the precious light of faith of  souls, by the almost total corruption of morals. During this period, there will be great physical and moral disasters, public and private “. In these unhappy times, unbridled luxury will win numerous frivolous souls and they will be lost.“There will be almost no innocence in children or modesty in women, and, in this Supreme need of the Church, they will shut down one who seeks time to talk”. These days, the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity, which as a filthy sea run through the streets, squares and public places with an astonishing freedom. “There will be almost no virgin souls in the world.The delicate flower of virginity, shy and threatened with complete destruction, its light will be far away. They will take refuge in the cloisters, find suitable place to grow, develop and live being its aroma the charm of my Son most holy and the lightning rod of divine wrath. Without virginity it would be necessary to purify these lands; it would rain fire from the sky “.

The Virgin Mary predicted that, in our century, the lack of interest of the rich and the indifference of the people of God are cause of great evil. By sloppiness and negligence, the people of great wealth watch with indifference the oppression of the Church, persecuted virtue, triumphant evil, without employing the riches in the destruction of the Holy evil and in the restoration of the faith. The indifference of the people will cast out, gradually, the name of God in their hearts, “adhering to the spirit of evil, indulging freely to vices and passions”.

Amidst the difficulties of these difficult times, prophesied to the Church and to the world, our Lady talks about the importance of religious communities: “religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and work with valiant and selfless commitment to the salvation of souls, because, in this period, the observance of the rule and will become in the communities, there will be Saints Ministers of the altar, hidden and beautiful souls in which my Son Blessed and I deleitaremos, considering the excellent flowers and fruits of heroic sanctity “. Against them, the impiety will trench warfare, aggregating them of defamation, slander and vexations to prevent them fulfilling their Ministry. But these holy ministers, as solid columns will remain unshakable. They will face everything with “spirit of humility and sacrifice with which they will be clothed in virtue of the infinite merits of my Son, who loves them as the most delicate fibres of Your holy and tender heart”.

These prophecies of Our Lady of good Success portray the State of things, the heresy, the ruthlessness and the impurity present in our time. But, in addition to these and other revelations, the Virgin Mary promised her help and protection to those who propagate the devotion to her with the title of Our Lady of good Success. So, let us propagate this devotion, that was forgotten for a long time, but that, in our time, becomes better known and the message quite current

We trust to our Lady of Good Success our prayers for the families, especially the children, the priests, religious men and women, the rulers, the people holding power. For the triumph of her Immaculate Heart, also prophesied by her, we need to unite the Virgin Mother of God with our prayers, fasts, penances, reparations, as she asked us in her appearances.

Our Lady of Good Success, pray for us!

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Sep 022015
 

With confidence, present the Lord his need for a job

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The Lord teaches us: “Live from the work of your hands, you will live happy and satisfied”.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen! Dear Father, I have to support myself and my family. Even before we ask, Lord, as we see in the Psalm, you already know that we need a job. I know it’s your will to work, and I need a job to fulfill your desire.

I am unemployed and in a bad financial situation. This brings many annoyances: misunderstandings, revolts, malaise and offense. I feel devalued, I do not feel like praying or doing other things.

Now, I realize how many times I complained about my job, my employer of my bosses, colleagues and my salary! How many times I haven’t been exemplary in my tasks. I did it with anger and contempt, without worrying about the result. I spoke badly of people and invented gossip, I have slandered, slandered you, but now I realize how badly I did! I was not paid for it, but rather to perform my job with responsibility and to be worthy of the confidence of my bosses. Today, I’m sorry and beg your pardon, Sir, by this evil that I’ve caused.

I want to ask forgiveness for false witness, for the lies told in the past, for misuse of the salary received, by the times I brought objects from work to my house which is a form of robbery, the times covered my mistakes and those of others, for those times I was harming my employer, for the times when I used my time negligently and letting the laziness dominate me.

Forgive me, Lord, I don’t want to be like that.

How many times have I had the opportunity to pray and thank you for my job and I didn’t do it; I preferred to complain, I was seized by evil. How many times I believed more in envy, in pursuit, in supersticion, in spells than in thanks and power of God!

Today, I’m sorry, Lord, and I want to get rid of everything that imprisons me and blocks my new job.

I know that the job market is difficult, with few available slots. But I know that the Lord will lead me to fulfill my needs and physical, mental and spiritual capacities.

I ask now for my employers: that their needs can be met by my qualifications and association with them. Help me be a blessing on the job you have in mind for me.

In Your Providence, hold for me a post in which I can grow, prosper financially and, at the same time, realize my potential, to live my life in accordance to your wishes.

When the doors open, guide me to which job should I get. In Your Providence, lead me to the ideas of office and workplace, knowing that, every day, to live as a worker in the vineyard of the Lord, a man of God is one who wants to take care of his family.

At the outset, I thank you for this new job. Praise your name forever. Amen!

Fr. Vagner Baia

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