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Jan 182017
 

The impiety make us evil fans

 

We who serve the God are oppressed by a spirit of impiety.

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Credits: Daniel Mafra/New Song

Evil acts in this spirit, and God father wants to get rid of it, that’s why Jesus came to teach us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. For the enemy of God is invested in leading  us to in live them.
Let us pray: “deliver me, Lord! I don’t want to live in worldly passions, I don’t want them to dominate me. Lord, come take over my mind, all my being, my whole body, my feelings, my emotions. Free me of all impiety.

 

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

Translated from Portuguese 

 Posted by at 01:01
Jan 122017
 

The couple that prays together makes fruit their talents and grow stronger spiritually

Only God is one, only to Him belongs to the character to be one, so only God can foster the unity of the married couple.“That all may be one; as you o father, are in me and I in you, that they also be one in us “(Jn 17.22).

A perfeita unidade do casal é cultivada pela oração

Men and women who leave mom and dad depart towards the beautiful challenge of the experience of the unity, have the grace of the state of matrimony. “What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mk 10:9).

Marriage is a sacrament celebrated by spouses and blessed by the Church in the person of the priest. However, it is essential that both parties, man and woman, be aware that since the wedding, blessing the unity between them is made perfect.

We see, then, clearly, this sacrament is not a human society. Either a recognition, on the part of the Church, of a couple who have lived together and happens to live under the blessing of God.

Unity in God

From the beginning, the man and woman were created to be united and live the mystery of oneness in God, unity similar to the one experienced by the Holy Trinity. It is the mystical experience to learn to love your “neighbor most close”, as oneself.

In this relationship, where God raises the unity, there is continually a spiritual battle. A spouse is always lifting each other at the time of a possible fall, because God never allows both to fall at the same time.

The spouses see the image of Jesus Christ on the face each other, and so they learn to love themselves. However, if there is a spiritual battle in the marital relationship, if the enemy of God tries every way destroy the marriage, it is necessary that the spouses are always very well armed to defend themselves.

In the modern world, the spouses hardly have an awareness of what is marriage. Normally, when a situation more difficult or even a small disagreement of ideas happen, both react humanely, so often taking hasty positions, ignoring the tools that God puts in your hands, on the occasion of the wedding.

The Mission of the couple

The couple has the mission to make your marriage more and more holy. So that this goal is reached, it is necessary a tireless toil, a cut of a rough diamond, for which it becomes bright, reflecting Jesus Christ for all who surround him for He they thirst.

The spiritual life is dynamic. The Holy Spirit is the holy sword to every couple. How many misunderstood and harsh words can be exchanged between spouses who still don’t know that their Union is alive and effective sign of Jesus!

A couple needs to pray together, with a view to the charisma of your unity. Man and woman, made one by the sacrament of marriage, they need to pray. This prayer cannot be just personal, it needs to happen within the couple. The perfect unity of the soul and the body grows through prayer.

 

How many times couples propagate their corporal and intellectual unity, but do not experience the union of their souls. A perfect harmony in marriage should be founded, rooted in Jesus.

The couple, recognizing their smallness while sinners, but their greatness by divine sonship, totally in need and stripped in front of the one true source of love and wisdom there pours their souls and will live fully the graces of their unity. “When two or more are gathered in my name, I am in their midst” (Mt 18.20).

The divine unity of the couple

The prayer of the couple lead them to realize that the marriage is not just on the human plane. This way of prayer deepens the unity of the couple in the mystery of the divine unity.

If the couple is something so wonderful, fruitful and that both pleases the heart of God, why doesn’t happen often? Often, under the guise of sleep or tiredness, spouses are mistaken by the enemy of God and looking like legitimate justifications, postpone or prevent the pouring of His grace more and more upon the spouses.

A couple united in Jesus will have a family founded on the rock. Satan tries to prevent this harmony. The couple fit through this battle with the Holy Sword of the spirit and who prostrate themselves daily at the foot of the cross of their Redeemer, to cry out for wisdom and unity, and living by the grace of being able to forgive each other and, above all, living love so true.

Spouses who pray together, receiving the Eucharist together, make fruitful their talents and nourish themselves spiritually. No more will they walk with the world and its values as a model, but in Christ, and with fearlessness will face all the battles and challenges arising from the fact of living in the world.

Maria Adília Ramos de Castro
Shalom Community

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 Posted by at 01:01
Jan 022017
 

 Don’t fear What Is New

The new always comes and changes always happen

Life is marked by innovations. As we live, we are faced daily with numerous discoveries. At certain times, the news is bad; in others, well, but, like it or not, the new realites always come and change always happen. Someone who bids farewell, a job that is lost, a love that goes away. Life holds many surprises and, through them, we can always grow.

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Photo: Daniel Mafra/cancaonova.com

There are changes that can be positive, sometimes even necessary. When we break with fear, assuming, with humility, the grace of not being aware of the future. We can be extremely formed by the mystery, that, gradually, will reveal themselves, unveiling our truth and adding to what we are.

The new and changes

The new realities, changes, losses reveal what we are, because, as we’re reacting before each new situation, we’re discovering new areas of ourselves and we can understand a little more who we are. It’s not through action that you know a certain person, but by their reactions, because actions can be programmed and the reactions are always natural.

Each time new, every new situation in life is a privileged moment to discover the best and the worst, the weaknesses and the strengths. There is no growth without self-knowledge. So we can’t be afraid of the new, because when we live well, making things happen in good time, we have grown significantly in comprehension of the mystery that we are.

Don’t run away from yourself, and some necessary changes, is a path of healing and maturity. Face each other, with humility and patience, given the limitations, means to prepare the way for virtue.

Happiness dwells in the heart that gradually becomes free, natural and without illusions about yourself and life.

Don’t fear the new, changes, anyway, do not be afraid if he finds out. Let life teach you to accept and love what you really are, giving off of illusions and unrealistic ideas.

When we begin to understand ourselves, we achieve the ability to transform winters into beautiful spring. Make this experience!

 

Father Adriano Zandoná

Adriano Zabala is priest and missionary of the new song Community.Graduated in philosophy and theology, has currently the function Responsible General Canção Nova in São Paulo (SP). Every Monday celebrates mass at the Maronite Cathedral, in São Paulo, at 7:30 pm, with live broadcast by TV CN. Presents the program “building happiness”, every day of the week except on Thursdays, at 5:00 pm by radio America (AM 1410). He is the author of the books: “Construindo a Felicidade” and “Curar-se para ser Feliz”, published by Canção Nova.

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Oct 202016
 

Jesus Christ paid our debt of sin with his blood on the cross

We’re playing on the fundamental reality of Christianity. He could have saved us by many means, but He wanted to save us by the cross.

At that time, the Greeks seek wisdom, because for them this virtue would solve everything; already the Jews sought the law. God, did not want to save the world through wisdom or the law, but “craziness” (in the eyes of the world).

“In fact, he took upon himself my infirmities, and uploaded my sufferings: and I claimed as a grounded, wounded by God and humiliated”.

Thus, we have here the fundamental truth of Christianity: Jesus took all our sins and nailed them on the cross. There’s the beautiful thing, the Lord took upon himself our sins. Then, when He took them, He suffered not only on the cross, but was already suffering during His arrest.

Many times, we look only at the crucifixion. Of course it’s a barbaric what they did, but that’s not all. See: Christ took upon himself our sins, carried them to the cross and left them there. Let me tell you: our sins no longer belong to us.

Our past sins have already been undertaken by the Lord to the cross; more still: the future sins have been assumed by him. Even the last sin of our life has been taken over by the Lord.We’re in the fundamental truth of Christianity: Jesus took upon all our sins, the sins past, present and even the future. He crucified them on the cross, so it’s easy to gain forgiveness from him.

Compreenda o perdão que Cristo nos dá na cruz

In the book “Curados Para Amar” [Healed to Love], I present the following explanation:

“I know you’re a driver and you have to drive well and accomplish your work. But I know, too, that you’re not a good driver, so, over time, you will make mistakes like scratching the car, accidents, fines, pay for repairs of your car. Just that, knowing this, loving you, I’m going to the Bank and deposit an amount so large that will be enough to cover those cases; so, I take it and put it in your hand. So, from there on, all your traffic accidents will be paid. You must acknowledge once again your guilt and see the reality: that you now have a debt, but also that already you have the money to pay for it “.

People, that’s what Jesus did for us through his death: he paid our debts [sins]. Take a peek at the damage that you did in the lives of others, but thanks to God, with much more than a checkbook, Jesus Christ has paid our debt with his blood on the cross, as someone who assumes the debt of others. So “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1, 8).

Of course you don’t want to sin, but you sin. Do you deny that you have sinned? No! Jesus is teaching us that just to have humility in recognizing our sin. By the time we recognize our sin, then God is faithful and just to forgive us, as we are taught the Holy Scriptures.

I am always delighted with the gesture of Luzia, because she has a devotion to the crucified Christ.When the cross arrived here she she quickly went down to kiss the wounds of Jesus. Do the same: put yourself in front of the cross, plunge forward on the open side of Jesus. This wound is forever open; Enter the heart of Christ, don’t hide. The first thing that we carry within us is the feeling of guilt. Immediately the demon begins to accuse us, putting in us the sense of shame for not acknowledge God’s forgiveness. Thus, in place of repentance we begin to feel remorse. How many people still accuse you of traffic accident you suffered and other things … While I’m talking about the Lord who is using “oil” and “wine” for the cure.

Maybe a lot of things, right now, are bubbling up inside you, but know that they are not for you to accuse yourself, but for healing and deliverance to happen.

The Supreme Love saved and healed us so that we can love. That’s what we want: to be cured for love.

 

Your brother,
Monsignor Jonas Abib

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 Posted by at 01:01
Oct 062016
 

We must take care of our soul to be good people, to our interior reflect our exterior

We have many concerns in the course of life and some of them are: what my son is going to be when he grows up? How do I get a better job? How much weight should I lose? When will I get married? … Anyway, there are so many concerns with the outer life, we don’t have time to figure out what to do with our soul.

Have you ever wondered: am I forgiving? I wonder if I’m talking about really bad people? Am I being a channel of God channel in others’ lives? Am I in love?

Dear reader, taking care of so much of our appearance, we can neglect our salvation. We forget to be good, to have a good heart, to take care to be good people, to reflect on the interior of our outer selves. Should we be concerned with our health, for our family, but we should care most for our soul, because the body perishes, but the soul is eternal.

Think about it.

Your brother,
ETO

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 Posted by at 01:01
Aug 182016
 

Root of the divorce is in the hardness of heart and fights over little things

Marital relations are in crisis, because each person wants their own happiness, and couples today are getting a divorce for any reason.

The root of the divorce is the “hardness of heart”. But today Jesus wants to speak to the families that the divorce happens first in the hearts of the couples.

I’m going to tell you a story I heard, whose author is unknown:

The man behind the counter, looked the way distracted, while a little girl approached the store, she dented the nose against the glass of the window. Their eyes the color of the sky, brightened when he saw the given object. She went into the store and asked to see the necklace of turquoise blue.

“It’s for my sister. You can make a pretty package?”

The store owner looked suspicious to the little girl and asked her:

“How much money do you have?”

Without hesitation, she took from her pocket a handkerchief  all all tied up and was undoing the knots. She placed it on the counter, and happily said:

“This is enough isn’t it? (There were only a few coins she exhibited proud.) “You know,” she continued, “I want to give this gift to my older sister. Since our mother died, she takes care of us and has no time for herself. Today is her birthday and I’m sure she will be happy with the necklace that is the color of her eyes.”

“The man went into the store. Put the necklace in a box, wrapped with a garish red paper and used a fancy lace with a Green Ribbon.”

“Take this!” He said to the girl. “Take care of yourself.”

She left happy skipping down the street. I wasn’t a full day that passed when a beautiful young woman with blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes entered the store. She put onto the counter the opened package he gave to the younger girl earlier she asked: “This necklace was purchased here?”

“Yes, Ma’am”

“And how much it cost?”

“Oh! Said the owner of the shop. The price of any product from my store is always a confidential matter between the seller and the customer.”

The girl continued: “But my sister just had a few coins. And this necklace is real, isn’t it? She wouldn’t have money to pay for it.”

The man took the case, remade the package with extreme care, put the tape and returned it to the young woman. “She paid the highest price that anyone can afford. She gave it everything he had.”

Silence filled the small shop, and tears rolled by the face of the young woman, while she took the package with her hands. She returned home…

You are capable of doing anything for your family? You have to give everything you have for it. So you got married? Why are you engaged? What motivates you to join this woman or that man?

Wife, find time to look into the eye of your husband and tell him you love him. This isn’t just for “brand new” couples; This is characteristic of the family. I hope nobody “dies” in your home. I hope you don’t fall asleep next to a corpse.

If things are bad for your family, choose to walk the true path that is Jesus. He shouts to our hearts: “your family is good, your marriage is good”. God believes in your family, God believes in you, in your story. Stop being silly! Walk the road and don’t forget that the way is Jesus; If you want your family to be happy, give it to him.

Couples, break the hardness of heart, love, because there’s still time! Love your children while you can because they will grow. This is the right time, time to give attention to them. Break the hardness of heart. I ask you today: return to your homes without fear, the way is Jesus.

There is solution for your family, and it begins in your heart. Stay on the path, because you and your home are of the Lord “.

Original Portuguese Text produced from preaching in Jan. 2006

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