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Oct 252017
 

When we speak of the grace of God, we speak of God himself

Alexandre Oliveira
Photo: Daniel Mafra / cancaonova.com
Jesus revealed himself to Paul on the road to Damascus. In spite of being intimate with the Lord, the apostle says he would not boast because of this because of this vision.

“Let my grace suffice thee,” Jesus says to Paul, who understood this message of God for his life. Paul understood that his weakness was something that brought him to the Lord.

Be careful not to confuse things! For when we speak of weaknesses, we say: “I live falling into this sin, my weakness is this sin, it is this vice, etc., but God pours his grace into my life.” That’s not it!

In the letter to the Romans, chapter 6, St. Paul says that when we live in the regime of grace, we do not live under the rule of law; and because we live in the regime of grace, we must walk in it. ” He also tells us that we can not make this grace of God in our lives to be in vain.

Do you know what is the most excellent work of God? It is justification, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us. What is justification? It is salvation. We sinful men and women receive the salvation of Jesus through the cross; and because of it we have the divine life in us. Because of this, this is the most excellent work of God’s love. Grace is the free favor that God gives us to respond to His invitation to become children of God, partakers of the divine nature, of eternal life.

When you speak of the grace of God, you speak of God himself. Then we begin to understand that we are called to live as true children of the Lord, and the true child of God experiences in his life a joy that does not pass away.

Follow Jesus Christ for the rest of your life, do not let Him go, do not let Him go. Stay with Him, no matter what. We are living in evil times, and there will come a time of apostasy, where men will repudiate God instead of worshiping Him. Let us not think that we are free from it, for if we do not abide in the Lord, we may fall.

God is not looking for the most intelligent, the most learned, He is looking for the true worshipers, men and women who have the courage to put their knees on the floor and say, “The truth is one, the truth is Jesus Christ, He is the way, the truth, and the life. ”

Do not be fooled! There will come a time of persecution, a time of trial, and you will not be understood even by your family, because of your faith. The good news is that God never abandons his elect.

Alexandre Oliveira

 Posted by at 01:01
Jul 312017
 
Photo: Daniel Mafra / cancaonova.com

Photo: Daniel Mafra / cancaonova.com

It is important to understand what to do after a difficult day.

The Word of God teaches us:  In my spirit faints within me, my heart is consumed. Tell me the road that I must follow, for to you I lift my soul. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your good spirit guide me on a flat road “(Psalm 143,4,8b.10).

 

He knows those days when we think in our hearts: My God! Why did I get out of bed today? I should have stayed home sleeping! Well, those complicated days indeed do exist and happen even if we do not want them. Days when everything seems to run against us, where we spend the hours crossing people who are more distracting helping, so that everything gets under our skin and anything, no matter how small, is cause for irritation and whining. Hence the question: what do I do on a day like this?

As we read Psalm 143, we realize that the psalmist also had his moment of wanting to “lie in bed” and forget that such a day had existed. But what did he do? Murmured? Did you become a victim? Put the blame on everyone? The answer is “no”. At the very moment when he could no longer bear it, when his heart was consumed and his spirit faint, he prayed to God and asked that the divine will be fulfilled in his life. Instead of blaming “government,” the people around him, and the “system,” he begged the Lord to show him the way to go. He asked the Lord to be his teacher and, like an applied student, wished to learn to fulfill the divine will.

At this difficult time the psalmist goes on, he does not complain, but wants to learn to extract the sovereign will of God from the troubled environment, like a gold digger who finds grams of gold in the midst of tons of earth.

However, discovering and fulfilling the divine will, just at that moment when our desire drives us to want to “squeeze” someone, is not as simple as it seems. But I believe that the Holy Spirit can and wants to do a new work in our heart. It is up to you and me to ask the Divine Spirit to educate us in the concrete situations of each day, whether it is difficult or not. Let us ask Him to lead us always to discern the will of God in every moment, person or situation with which we face. Believe: God will do His part. He always does it. Then we will reap beautiful fruits of conversion and holiness.

I repeat: it is not as simple as it seems, but it is, without a doubt, something wonderful. I shared with you, in this article, something that God taught me to read this psalm before the tabernacle. And why was I standing before the tabernacle reading Psalm 143? Because, just like you and the psalmist, I also have my difficult days.

Let’s pray?

“Reinflame our hearts, Lord Jesus! Give us a heart tender and attentive to Thy holy will. May we learn by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, to find the peace that comes from the certainty of being in communion with God’s desire, even in the midst of the most complicated and distressing situations that we can face day by day. Teach me to complain less and to listen more to Your voice, to learn, more and more, to grow more and more and serve more and more for love. Amen.”

A hug and my prayers for you.

Alexandre Oliveira 
Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

Portuguese version

Jun 132017
 

The three keys to unlock the door that leads to knowing the will and God’s purpose

On the Canção Nova TV program “Sorrindo Pra Vida” [Smiling at Life] Alexandre Oliveira shared the word of God to teach us what are the three keys to the will and purpose of God.

Read the words of Galatians 6:1-10

Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself.  Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; for each will bear his own load.

 One who is being instructed in the word should share all good things with his instructor.  Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows,  because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.  Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.  So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.

Let’s imagine that we are facing an immense door, and we will not be able to open it without three keys. These keys are different from each other, and we will only be able to unlock the door if we have all three.

The word tells us exactly that. This door says the Word is the law of Christ, the door that, when open, gives us access to the will of God, which leads us to fulfill the purpose he has for our lives.

These three keys are like a mirror, a cross and a handful of seeds. God gives us those keys that we use all of them and come to him.

The cross that we carry every day for us is a weight. The word tells us to carry to burden, because we will be fulfilling the will of the Lord. First, the Evangelist says that we have to carry the burden of the others; then he says we need to load our own burden.

The Apostle is not going into contradiction. The first burden refers to help others with their difficulties. In the second, this load refers to our responsibility, that one that only fits Us.

There are situations in our life that are difficult to deal with, in which sometimes we need the help of our brothers and sisters. We have to have the humility to ask for help and the nobility of offering to help the brothers.

This help of the other leads us to make use of a handful of seeds, because, if we do the right things with people, we will reap the fruits of our action. We can’t live on an island, see our suffering only, we have to look at the others and realize the struggles that the brothers face too.

Paul asks us what we have sown and where we sow. We have to sow love and concrete gestures, but they need to be seeded in the Spirit, not on self-reliance of our humanity or in our selfishness. Sowing in the Holy Spirit is getting out of ourselves and going out to find his brother.

Knowing that we are those seeds, we look in the mirror so that lets us examine ourselves. We can fool everybody, but if fool ourselves we are lost. We must examine ourselves to have self-knowledge, not just look for our faults, but also our good qualities as well, so we can use our virtues.

We can never sow in the spirit if we do not know ourselves; and if we’ve never encountered ourselvesç we won’t know how to help carry the burden of the brother or sister as far as we can and or to endure. Everything is interconnected, self-knowledge is not self-sufficiency. We have know ourselves to love more, to sow more.

When we can walk in these three directions – carry the cross, sow love and look at ourselves and we assume our own responsibilities –, we can hear the voice of God and fulfill his purposes.

Alexandre Oliveira
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese version

 Posted by at 01:01
Feb 282017
 

Alexandre Oliveira on the Canção Nova TV Program Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life] Photo: Wesley Almeida/Canção Nova

Alexandre Oliveira, on Sorrindo Pra Vida [Smiling at Life], invites us to reflect on who Jesus is in our life and mission. The true Christian is recognized as a child of God and has attitudes guided by him. Check out his message.

The meditated Word is in Saint Luke 7.18 -23:
“The disciples of John told him about all these things. John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that time he cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind.And he said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

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Unfortunately, in our environment, there are many Christians who expect another Christ. Canção Nova announces and preparing God’s people for the second coming of the Lord, and the community doesn’t expect another Christ, but the same, yesterday, today and always.

Many times, we Christians have created another conception of Christ, very different from what the Church tells us and teaches. How many people lose their faith, because they live their religion according to their truths!

Maybe, today, before the silence of God to our prayers, we question what’s going on. Do you want to understand the silence of the Lord? Dip your heart in Catholic doctrine. The Saints, the Holy Scriptures, the Magisterium and the Catholic Church teach us to understand our faith.

Do wait for the second coming of Christ or we hope another Messiah? The one who loves recognizes, from afar, the face of the beloved.

What is my position as a Christian?

What do we have to show the world? How many praise Him in the Church, but then murmur in their homes. Our behavior has to be consistent with what we preach.

Are we being faithful?

Christ wants us to be faithful with constancy, but the enemy wants to see us on the ground. So as not to be defeated by the devil, we can seek to be in the hands of God and let us persevere, because Heaven is for us.

Our ‘ yes ‘ is forever. We seek to remain steadfast to the end, for our loyalty becomes a testimony of life.

Do our attitudes show that we’re Catholic?

Our action follows our being our day to day attitudes show how much we are of God. No matter what, let us persevere until the end. Let us not be defeated by the enemy. God wants real children, and like good children, let’s give pride to our Dad!

Alexandre Oliveira
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese version

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