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Jun 192017
 

Pregação com Padre Roger Luis

There are things that happen naturally to teach us how to live, because we are people of flesh and blood

The flow of water is so natural, that only some eyes see without seeing anything wrong.

Many times in our life, there are things that happen naturally to teach us how to live the beauty of human nature, because we are people of flesh and blood, we are human and not angels.

To realize this great truth, seeing in ourselves our miseries and weakness, let us abandon ourselves to God with the confidence so that we can live in this land more calmly and in a more healthy way.

God bless you in your humanity!

A hug from your brother,
Shahir Rahemane

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Jun 182017
 

If we look at today’s gospel we see one of the most powerful promises to each of us. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.”

 

That is a promise. This is the powerful truth of the Eucharist. We know that this is the day we celebrate the Eucharist which Christ gave us at the Last Supper. This is his Body and Blood, and the powerful sacrament is a powerful promise of our eternal life.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us a unique teaching on the Eucharist that explains that this sacrament itself is a message to us from Christ.

 

The Catechism teaches that the hardest Catholic teaching for people to accept is the resurrection of the Body. It teaches that many people have an understanding of the eternal life of the spirit.

 

St. Paul teaches in 1 corinthians 15 that if Jesus did not resurrect from the dead body and spirit, then we are wasting our time. Those are powerful words because He went to his execution proclaiming Jesus’ bodily resurrection.

 

 

The Catechism explains that the promise Jesus gives us in John 6 is embodied in the Eucharist. This sacrament made of Earthly elements is transfigured into the Body and Blood of Christ and reminds us who receive it that our Earthly body will be transformed through the action of God into a resurrected glorified body. So the Eucharist on top of being a sacrament is a message to us, that we too will be transformed, we who eat his body and drink his blood.

 

This is a power reminder to us.

 

Now one of the issues today that affects our church is that there are rules in receiving the Eucharist and people get lost in the rules. Something that is important to know about the rules of the Catholic Church: if you follow the rules perfectly, you will live perfectly the minimum standard of Catholicism. So the rules are there to show us not so much what not to do, but to guide us to pray to the Lord to help us to conform ourselves to his desire so that we may be what he created us to be.

 

This is what is important: because there are people who believe that they cannot receive the Eucharist and there is no reason for them not to receive. For example: people who are divorced. Divorce by itself is not a reason for not receiving the Eucharist. Yet, there are plenty of people who feel they are unable to receive communion just because they are divorced. They may be seated among us and feel they cannot receive, that is incorrect.

 

There are reasons for not receiving the Eucharist, but these reasons are not to condemn people, Jesus himself said he did not come to condemn, but to help people to conform to reality of the gift. The power of the Eucharist that will transform these Earthly bodies to the glorified bodies of eternal life.

 

The reality is that The Father sent His Son to the world that we would be transformed and brought to eternal life. What is important then is that we receive this gift on His terms not ours. That is why we need to be prepared to receive the Eucharist. It is not the sinless or the saints for whom this Eucharist is our gift, remember the sacrament itself is a teaching, what is Earthly will be glorified and made divine. So, the perfect do not receive. But at the same time you cannot make the Eucharist out of Doritos and beer, I say that specifically because I have been asked to do so, obviously I said no. You make it out of the earthly elements of bread and wine. We too have to offer ourselves on God’s terms not ours. We cannot say I will receive the Eucharist on my terms, not God’s, that does not work. This is why we prepare ourselves to receive it.

 

Those who are not able to repent of a sinful life or are in a situation that is contrary to teaching of the Church and choose not to change are not ready to receive the Eucharist, but the Eucharist itself is a call for that person to repent and then to receive and be transformed by receiving. The call is there. It is an invitation to begin the slightest prayer asking for the grace of conversion, a grace, the church teaches we all need. The response to the call is the key factor in the preparation to receive.

 

One of the most powerful examples of this is Dorothy Day, cited by Pope Francis when he addressed congress. The San Francisco Native and baptized episcopalian grew up in Chicago and then worked as a journalist in New York living a bohemian lifestyle as she fought for socialist and communist ideals. She was the inspiration for the character Josie in her atheist playwright friend Eugene O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten The New Yorker’s Erin Overbey reported that she had a reputation for drinking the local mobsters under the table.

 

She was encouraged into an abortion by a fellow bohemian boyfriend Lionel Moise who disappeared after the abortion and then she lived in two marriages, the latter common law.

 

She, through God’s grace, was transformed and came to convert to her Catholic faith. She became deeply devout a powerful voice for the poor throughout the 20th century. One of the most powerful elements of her story is that she actually prayed on the steps of the Vatican during the Vatican II council and as each bishop and cardinal walked by she said to them “You better  do the right thing.” Her favorite spiritual reading was Thomas A. Kempis’ the Imitation of Christ.

 

She exemplifies the reality of the Eucharist, it is a call to conform our sinful lives to the powerful gift and message of the Sacrament. The sacrament is not a prize for the holy but a call to the sinner to open him or herself to God’s grace. It calls us to be open to the transforming power of God’s grace through the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist. It touches us changes us and like the bread and wine into the Body of Blood of Christ transforms us into saints to which we are called to be.

 

Fr. Carr is member of the Segundo Elo  of the Canção Nova Community. He is the parochial vicar of St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA and is the editor of this blog. He is the author of several books, blogs and hundreds of videos all of which you may find on Youtube You can follow him on twitter as @frbobcarr and on Google plus as+FrRobertCarr, his website is Carrbooks.com. Thoughts, comments on the homily? Let us know at Facebook

 

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Jun 162017
 

Saint Paul asks the Romans: “love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honour” (The Letter to the Romans 12, 10).“I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned” (The Letter to the Romans 12, 3). “Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good”(The Letter to the Romans, 12, 9). Nothing can be worse for a member of the Body of Christ than haughtiness, in other words, people who consider themselves superior to the other members. It is even worse if you consider yourself “indispensable” to your community and to the service of the Church. There is nothing more important to the Church than its unity. Before suffering His Passion, the Lord asked His Father in His Prayer: “And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are”(John 17, 11). “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (John 17, 20-21).

It is central to understand the meaning of this prayer. If there is no unity among those who announce His Name, the world will not be able to trust that He was sent by His Father to save mankind. Jesus intimately bonds unity to the conversion of mankind. That is the reason why Pope John Paul II tells us that broken unity is the greatest scandal of Christianity in modern times. “And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me” (John 17, 22-23). We should never forget these words: “that they may be brought to perfection as one”.

The cause of the Church will be lost if this unity does not remain protected with extreme zeal. Unity is the sweet fruit of a humble, simple and mutually helping community in which every member has died for himself or herself and nobody wants to outshine the others and nobody wants to show off; a community in which everybody knows how to forgive and understand the weaker. Saint Paul exhorts the Ephesians to strive “ to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (The Letter to the Ephesians 4, 3). This “bond of peace” is equivalent to charity and to the “bond of perfection” mentioned in The Letter to the Colossians 3, 14.That has always been the greatest concern of the Apostle. He asks the Ephesians: “I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (The Letter to the Ephesians 4, 1-3).
The Apostle is realistic: he knows that life in community is not easy, because the weaknesses of each member create strife and division. So he beseeches the faithful to “bear with one another” in the name of the “Unity in the Holy Spirit”.

 

Professor 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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Jun 152017
 

Santa Missa com Monsenhor Jonas AbibThen the Nations will call you blessed, as this will be for you a delightful land says the Lord of hosts “(Ml 3:1-12).

This word of God leads us to a joyful way of living, because we started to see that God is righteous in everything and wants to see in us a life of blessings,grace. He loves us and wants to see us happy, and there will be  joy, blessing in our home, family, community.That’s what God wants us to do. More than ever, we all have to do that role of John the Baptist, be forerunner of Jesus.

God, in the book of Malachi, says the arrival of precursor: today, the Holy Spirit moves them all to be “precursors of Jesus” for the new coming from him on Earth. Nobody can pass unnoticed, apologize and say I didn’t know this day was coming. 

Remember that the Gospel passage that speaks of the lamps, the bridesmaids and reckless. Are  we those virgins? Do you or don’t you have the kerosene for your lamps? God doesn’t want you to worry on when He will come, but he wants to come to us.

God bless you,

Your brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII new song

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Jun 142017
 

Let us apply ourselves with commitment and dedication to remain United in the vine Jesus

“Abide in me as I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, if you don’t stay on the vine, so also ye cannot bear fruit, if you do not abide in me “ (John 15.4).

That’s how the Master Jesus is teaching us. Remaining in Him means to be attached to Him, and to live in communion with him. There’s no point in being of Jesus, being in the Church, if we don’t remain in God, in his word, in His Spirit and in deep communion with him.

After you walk a certain time in Church, after you already know the word of God, our heart will experience that trend of self-reliance, to find that we already know, that we are already masters, doctorates in the things of God, we can go out on our own.

But, of course we need mature and grow in faith, we must not forget the essential lesson: always remain connected to God. The more that we mature in the life of the spirit, the more we are called to be rooted and connected in God! Until we can do a lot of good things, for our own ease, by provision of our hearts, for the natural inclinations that we have, but we will only bear fruit if we abide in Jesus. We go to church, talking about beautiful things, that touch the hearts of the people, but the fruits will come only if they are linked and connected to Christ Jesus.

How do we stay in Jesus? First, the path of excellence called prayer, because it is our communion and connection with him, with the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

There is no Union with God if we don’t pass through prayer. We cannot dodge or escape it. We are even tempted not to pray anyway; so, we’re succumbing to this temptation and relaxing, leaving aside prayer. The important thing, we succumb to think is that God understands us.

The Lord understands us; don’t have any doubt about that! But it is the communion that weakens, the bonds of love are going to break, not by God, because He never leaves us. It is our spirit that will grow weaker, losing direction, because what feeds our fellowship with God is prayer! Let us apply ourselves with commitment and dedication to remain United in the vine Jesus, because He wants to remain in us.

God bless you!

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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

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