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Jul 122018
 

“So also those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to the faithful Creator, doing good” (1 Pet 4,19)

One of the most opportune moments to do God’s will well is when trials, the crosses of life, reach us. If God allows this to happen, He will certainly know how to use them for our good and strengthen us for spiritual combat.Therefore, the apostles have always encouraged the faithful to confront them with courage. St. Peter says:

“Dear friends, do not be troubled in the fire of trial, as if something extraordinary happens to you. On the contrary, rejoice in being partakers of the sufferings of Christ … “(1Pt 4,12).

And he teaches that trial will bring us to perfection:

“The God of all grace, who hath called you in Christ to his eternal glory, after having suffered a little, will perfect you, make you steadfast, strengthen you” (1 Peter 5,10).

It is important to trust God in the hour of suffering and not to be disturbed in the fire of trial. Do not be exasperated, do not lose peace and calm, for this is exactly what the tempter desires. An agitated soul is at his pleasure. It cannot pray, it’s angry, sulky, sad, unkind to others, and it’s depressed.

The antidote to all this is the humble acceptance of God’s will at the very moment when something unpleasant occurs to us, immediately giving glory to God, as St. Paul teaches:

“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). For, “all things work together for the good of them that love God” (Rom 8:28).

 

It is necessary to do this great and difficult exercise of giving glory to God in adversity. A simple way is to glorify God, often praying “Glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit …” until the soul calms down and gives up 
to the care of God.

This attitude is very pleasing to God, because it is the expression of the pure faith of those who abandon themselves to their care. It is like the faith of Mary and Abraham that they “waited against all hope” (Heb 11: 17-19) and thus pleased God exceedingly.

There are times in life that a solution to the problem seems impossible; It’s just this hour, when everything is in 
failure, that God acts when we have faith.

One day I was traveling to the United States. I was to arrive in New York and take another plane to Boston, where I would preach two retreats. When I arrived in New York I faced a huge immigration line, and I realized that I would not have time to move from the airport to catch the flight to Boston, where someone was already waiting for me. I was anxious.

I began to pray in the midst of anguish. I invoked God, the intercession of the saints, of the Virgin Mary without ceasing. When, after two hours in the immigration line, thinking that it would not give more time, the line began to move fast and we were attended to. After the desk service, we quickly picked up our bags and took a taxi. The other airport – La Guardia – was far away and the heavy traffic, I was asking God that his angels would open the way for us; we arrived in time at the company’s ticket desk to check-in. But behold, it was not that terminal of embarkation; we then had to take a bus to the new terminal; it seemed impossible to catch the flight to Boston. At great cost we arrived at the new booth, which was empty, we immediately checked in, a favor, and we rushed to boarding. When we got there the passengers were boarding and with them we were able to leave. I was sure I would not have the time, but God’s grace provided.When all else fails, God acts when we have faith.

Job was very pleased with God because in the midst of all trials, having lost all his goods and all his children, he still knew how to say in faith:

“Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, naked will I return. The Lord gave, the Lord took away; blessed be the name of the Lord “(Job 1:21).

The saints affirm that one “blessed be God!” Pronounced from the heart, in the midst of the fire of trial, is better than a thousand acts of thanksgiving when all goes well.

Also note: Patience in trials – James 1,2-12

The divine gardener of our soul knows the methods that he must employ to cleanse every soul. Do not be alarmed by the prunings that the divine Gardener makes in the garden of your soul. St. Teresa says that she heard Jesus say to her:

“Know that the dearest people of my Father are those who are most afflicted with the greatest sufferings.”

And so he asserted that he would not trade his sufferings for all the treasures of the world. I was sure that 
God hallowed her by trials. The saint went so far as to say that “when someone does good to God, the Lord pays him some cross.”

For us these words seem absurd, but not to the saints, who knew all the salvific power and sanctifying grace of suffering. St Paul said that:

“Our tribulations for the moment are light and prepare us a for eternal glory” (cf2 Cor 4,17). Let us learn from them. Let us fight for holiness!

Retrieved from the book: “Como Fazer a Vontade de Deus?” [How to Do the Will of God?]. Prof. Felipe Aquino. Ed. Cléofas.

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Jul 102018
 

Often many lack maturity to overcome obstacles and differences in dating

Dating is a beautiful phase of life, in which two souls meet in the desire to realize the deep yearning for one day to live for one another, to beget children and to be happy. It is a longing that God has placed in the heart of every man and woman; however, this beautiful time can turn into a sad step in the lives of many who do not know how to face their problems with courage and wisdom. These problems should not discourage those dating , as many of them can be avoided if, before they start dating, they have a good reciprocal knowledge, obtained by a good friendship before dating.

When I wrote the book ‘Namoro‘ [Dating], I had the feeling that it would not be read by young people, because in it I speak of responsible dating, without sexual life among others. But I was wrong. It was a great surprise for me and a great joy to see, after so many years, that, of all the books I have written, this is the most read by them.

What are the main questions that arise in dating

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My wife and I received hundreds of letters and emails from young people asking us for guidance on dating, engagement and their problems. That’s why we wrote ‘Problemas No Namoro‘ [Problems in Dating], an attempt to complete the first book on this subject and bring a little more thought and guidance on the most common problems that arise in the life of those in a courtship.

We analyzed more than a thousand letters and e-mails from young people reporting their problems and asking for guidance; From these testimonies, we write this work. We think that, by answering these questions, we can give a more objective and direct word to young people.

How to live the dating time?

We are deeply concerned about the lack of maturity that exists in courtship and engagements; many of which only turn into sexual relationships , often leading to pregnancy, abortion, or even an immature marriage that lasts only a short time. This is causing the family to fall apart, the children are running out of parents, and their education and education are being harmed.

The problems in dating , naturally, arise, because two different people suddenly meet and start a walk together. This walk is not always easy. There are many problems: betrayal , difference in religion, difficult relationship with parents, age difference, doubts about the other person, disagreements and fights in dating , different temperaments, doubts and insecurities in dating, relationships too long or too short, jealousy, boyfriend’s family, age differences, dating traumas, dating and religion, religion difference, single parent or dating, dating someone who has already been married, online dating , dating, dating , sex and more.

Questions

Many are the questions: Who to date? Can the boyfriend of my dream be the boyfriend I have? When to date? How to date? Staying and dating? Should I continue my courtship? Why do not I have a boyfriend? When to get married?

These are some of the problems that hundreds of young people have told us about and that we have been able to analyze in 14 chapters of the book. As I said, it is normal for problems to arise during this [dating] period; because it is the stage in which each one will know the other and this is not always easy. From this knowledge comes the great decision to continue or not the relationship, which may turn into marriage in the future.

From Dating to Marriage

If there are insurmountable impasses, the couple should not insist too much on continuing the courtship and enter the road to a marriage at any cost. This can be destructive to the lives of both. The problems must be faced with lucidity, courage, honesty and, above all, with sincerity.

The essential values ​​of each can not be overlooked; you can not give them up, especially when it comes to moral and religious values .

Every marriage is a courtship that worked ; and this only happens when there is a convergence of the essential values ​​of each one. Therefore, in front of them, one can not “cover the sun with the sieve”. If the obstacle is insurmountable, the relationship can cease, the friendship can be maintained and each one go on a new journey.

On the other hand, if the divergences are secondary, to problems that can be corrected with presence and love, this must be done and it is very beautiful. The greatness of a dating is measured especially by the ability of each to make the other grow. This is already a marriage training for the two.

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Felipe Aquino

Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. In TV Canção Nova, presents the program “School of Faith” and “Ask and Answer”, Radio presents the program “In the Heart of the Church”. In the weekends prega deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic formation by the publishers Cléofas, Loyola and Canção Nova. Page of the teacher: www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Feb 232018
 

 Christians of the first centuries did not hesitate in saying that “The world was created for the sake of the Church.” Saint Clemens of Alexandria (died in 215 AD) stated:

“Just as God’s will is creation and is called “the world,” so his intention is the salvation of men, and it is called “the Church” (CCC  760).

Many children of that loving Mother knew how to be faithful to Her up to the end. In 1988, Monsignor Ignatius Ong Pin-Mei, Bishop of Shangai, after being kept in jail for 30 long years in China because of his love for the Christ and faithfulness to the Catholic Church, declared on the following day of his release from prison:

“I stayed faithful to the Roman Catholic Church. Thirty years of prison did not change me. I kept my faith. I am ready to go back to prison tomorrow to defend my faith.”

The Cardinal of Czechoslovakia Frantisek Tomasek, Archbishop of Prague was living hard times of communist persecution in 1985. A reporter asked him: “Your Eminency, are you not tired of combating unsuccessfully?” And he answered:

 

“I always repeat: those who work for the Kingdom of God do a lot; those who pray, do more; those who suffer, do everything. That everything is exactly the little we do here in Czechoslovakia” (IL Sabato 8, 14/06/85, p.11), (PR,  284, Jan 1986).

 

It is opportune to remember here that a few years later, in 1989, communism started to crumble all through the Iron Curtain…

Christians of all times shed their blood because of their faith in the Church; starting with the martyrs of the Roman Empire, followed by the martyrs of Nazism and Communism and also of modern times.

Tertullian, Bishop and Historian of the Church during the III Century, wrote to the Emperor of his time telling him that it was useless to kill Christians because “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of new Christians”. The more Christians were devoured by beasts, burnt at the stake and slain by the sword, the bigger was Christianity in Rome, up to the time when the Roman Emperor Constantine himself converted to Christ, around the year 313 AD, and finally banned the persecution of Christians.

In the year 390 AC the Emperor Theodosius made Christianism the official religion of Roman Empire. Years later, his successor Julian, the Apostate, wanted to revive paganism but it was too late; he died with this exclamation in his lips: “You won, o Galileo!”

Prof Felipe Aquino

Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. On TV Canção Nova he presents the program “Escola da Fé” [School of faith] and “Pergunte e Responderemos” [Ask and respond], on Radio he presents the program “in the heart of the Church”. On weekends he preaches deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic background by publishers, Loyola and Cleopas and Canção Nova. His teacher’s page:www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

Jan 192018
 

Biblical texts concerning the role of the Apostles and Peter in the Church make it clear that Jesus wanted a structured and juridical Church under the guidance of Supreme Shepherd Peter; He did not want, as many people do, a mere spiritual community gathered by faith and love. Catechist affirms that the Church is “both visible and spiritual” (CCC  770) and also that

 

“The Lord Jesus endowed his community with a structure that will remain until the Kingdom is fully achieved” (CCC  765).

 

Jesus was aware that His Church would last long on Earth until the complete fulfillment of Her Mission: gathering the whole of mankind in God. Parables about the Church show that. The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat (Matthew 13, 24-30) shows that believers and sinners will live together in the Church until the end of times. The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13, 31-32) also points at the long journey and the long time taken to build the Church on earth in a permanent enduring way.

 

“It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches’” (Matthew 13, 32).

 

The Kingdom of God [the Church] is also compared to a net that is thrown into the sea, “which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away” (Matthew 13, 47-49). This passage also shows that the Church shall endure until the end of times, because Jesus estates that only then the separation will be made:

 

“Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, and there will be wailing and grinding of teeth”.

 

 

Also in the Parable of the Feast (Matthew 9,15) and the Parable of the Yeast (Matthew 13, 33) show that the Church has a long mission that demands patience to be accomplished until the total fulfillment of times.

The Church, therefore, is not a mere “Society of Friends of Jesus and the Gospel”: She is much more than that, She is an Institution created by Jesus Himself, integrated to Him, His own Body, so that She is Jesus’ continuation in the history of mankind. She gathers human beings together in Him, to take them back to their Father’s House.

Prof Felipe Aquino

Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. On TV Canção Nova he presents the program “Escola da Fé” [School of faith] and “Pergunte e Responderemos” [Ask and respond], on Radio he presents the program “in the heart of the Church”. On weekends he preaches deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic background by publishers, Loyola and Cleopas and Canção Nova. His teacher’s page:www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Jan 122018
 

The Church is direct consequence of the Mystery of Incarnation and its continuation.

Many people want to say YES to the Christ and NO to the Church though this attitude affects the very identity of Christianity. The Church and Her directives were instituted by the will of the Christ as the continuation of the Word of God Made Flesh; as such, the Church became the privileged meeting point between mankind and the Christ, and consequently between mankind and the Father.

People who ask: “Why the Church?” make the same mistake of those who ask: “Why the Christ?” Christ came from the Father and left His Church on earth to mankind. The Father sent Jesus in order to save the world, and the Christ in His turn sent the Church to mankind. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John, 20, 21).

Many people want the Church to be a “modern democracy” wherein all issues are decided by the will of the majority. The Church would therefore be a great Religious Club, with easily assimilated and “flexible” rules. The consequence – and the big mistake – is that men in that case would be guided exclusively by themselves and not by God. “The Church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3,15) would not exist anymore.

The fact that the Sacred Tradition originated in the Christ and the Apostles guides the Church is the guarantee that Jesus Himself, present in the Church, guides Her.

The first “Sacrament”, the foundation, is the Most Sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, through which (His acts and words) God poured His grace over mankind. The Church is the continuation of that “Sacrament”; that is the reason why Saint Paul calls the Church “The Body of the Christ” (Colossians 1, 24).

The ultimate expressions of that Sacrament “Christ – Church” are the seven Sacraments that lead men toward salvation, from birth to death. There can be no Sacrament without the Church; hence there can be no salvation. One can thus clearly infer that the Church is as essential to Christianity as the mystery of the Incarnation of God’s Word.

Christianity without the Church instituted by the Christ (Matthew 16,16) onto Peter and the Apostles is equivalent to a mutilated Christ, a beheaded Christ…

This Church is the only and unique Church: it is the Catholic (which means Universal) Apostolic and Roman Church.

Professor Felipe Aquino é viuvo, pai de cinco filhos. Na TV Canção Nova, apresenta o programa “Escola da Fé” e “Pergunte e Responderemos”, na Rádio apresenta o programa “No Coração da Igreja”. Nos finais de semana prega encontros de aprofundamento em todo o Brasil e no exterior. Escreveu 73 livros de formação católica pelas editoras Cléofas, Loyola e Canção Nova. Página do professor: www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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Jan 052018
 

It is important to clearly understand that God decided to establish His Kingdom among us through His Church. Vatican Council II, “Lumen Gentium” teaches us that the Church has “the mission to proclaim and to spread among all peoples the Kingdom of Christ and of God and to be, on earth, the initial budding forth of that kingdom” (LG 5). In other words, there is no Kingdom of God without the Church. Therefore the Church is not something dispensable, She is fundamental.

According to Saint Augustine’s words, “the Church received the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven so that She can accomplish the forgiveness of all sins through the Blood of the Christ and the Action of the Holy Spirit. Our souls were dead because of sin; even though they can now revive in the Church”.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church shows all the beauty, reality, mission and identity of the Church and teaches us that the Church:

  • Is “a Plan born in the Father’s Heart” (CCC, 759);
  • Was “foreshadowed from the world’s beginning” (CCC, 760);
  • Was “prepared for in the Old Covenant” (CCC, 761);
  • Was “instituted by Jesus Christ” (CCC, 763);
  • Is “revealed by the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 767);
  • Will be “perfected in glory” (CCC, 769);
  • Is the “mystery of men’s union with God” (CCC, 772);
  • Is “the Universal Sacrament of Salvation” (CCC, 774);
  • Is “the Body of Christ” (CCC, 787);
  • Is “the Bride of Christ” (CCC, 796);
  • Is “the Temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 797);
  • Is “the People of God” (CCC, 781).

 

All these expressions have a vast meaning and you should know them in depth.

Some people ask: “why do we need a Church? Is it not enough to have faith in Jesus Christ?”

The answer for that question is that Jesus Himself wanted the Church as the continuation of His Redeeming Presence amidst men. He gave us the Church and the Creed as a guarantee that we are not merely following our own common sense or an undefined anonymous religiosity: we are walking along the pathways of God.

Prof Felipe Aquino

Professor Felipe Aquino is a widower, father of five children. On TV Canção Nova he presents the program “Escola da Fé” [School of faith] and “Pergunte e Responderemos” [Ask and respond], on Radio he presents the program “in the heart of the Church”. On weekends he preaches deepening meetings throughout Brazil and abroad. He wrote 73 books of Catholic background by publishers, Loyola and Cleopas and Canção Nova. His teacher’s page:www.cleofas.com.br Twitter: @pfelipeaquino

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