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Oct 022017
 

Daniela Miranda. Photo: Paula Dizaró

Be brave, do not be afraid.
Daniela Miranda. Photo: Paula Dizaró
How is the Lord’s Mercy in our lives? It is carried from generation to generation. Let us repeat these words described in the diary of St. Faustina number 449: “I am your mother by the infinite mercy of God. The soul that faithfully fulfills the will of God is the one that pleases me the most. Be brave, do not be afraid of illusory difficulties, but set your eyes on my son’s passion and you will conquer.

What does courage mean? Courage does not mean absence of fear, but rather, to act even in the face of fear because trusting in the Lord we will move forward. The deeper we delve into the Lord’s Mercy, the closer we come to the Merciful Jesus.

In I Samuel 17, the episode of Goliath is told. Every day we face many Goliaths in our lives. What is our Goliath? What are we facing that is too big? Are we struggling to win?

On the other side we have David who was very small but had the courage to face the challenges. To be brave we must assume who we are and the qualities that God has given us. This is how we will serve the Lord, so let us enter confidently in combat with the gift that God has given us.

Often people will tell us words that discourage us, but we can not be discouraged and we must have the courage to say and do everything with humility and trust in God.

Most of the time we want to win battles using weapons, but we need to overcome them by proclaiming trust in Jesus.

Courage is linked to trust, because when we are with a confident heart we have the courage to face the daily challenges. In the face of  difficulties, the enemy wants to deceive us, but when we face obstacles with confidence in Jesus, a stone is enough to overcome.

Our confidence grows as we move forward in prayer, so it is important to have a life of prayer.

Daniela Miranda

Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

Sep 262017
 

Missa com Frei Josué no Acampamento Fé e MilagresIn the sacrament of Penance, there is peace

Who remembers the times when, in seeking the sacrament of penance, after confessing, you heard this sentence: “Your sins are forgiven!”?

In important situations in my life, in faith seeking a priest to confess me, I experienced the Lord speaking to me as he said to the woman: “And Jesus said unto the woman, Thy sins are forgiven!” What a peace, my God gives to the repentant sinner !

“Then the guests began to think, ‘Who is this that even forgives sins?’ But Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you. Go in peace! “(Lk 7, 47-50) The effect of God’s forgiveness on the penitent’s heart is so great, that he has the life-transforming power of a lifetime. He who seeks forgiveness of sins frequently in Christ not only receives a new life, but gains divine strength to overcome sin. Jesus shows this power through love and mercy achieved: “the many sins that she has committed are forgiven , because she showed much love. He who is forgiven,  little shows little love “(Luke 7:47).

Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

Sep 202017
 

God seeks true worshipers

Being a worshiper is something that requires so much fidelity, so much dedication, so much consecration that, sadly, there are few worshipers and even less true worshipers. “The spirit of the Lord rests upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me; he sent me to carry the glad tidings to the humble, to heal the sorrowful hearts, to proclaim redemption to the captives , and to the prisoners to liberty “(Isaiah 61: 1). The Spirit of the Lord rests upon us to do the same thing as the Holy Spirit did there at the beginning of creation, where everything was chaos; and as he landed there, He broughtpeace, and beauty. Where death was, life reigned. Creation emerged from there.

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Often, we are in chaos and we live in this chaos, because we are human creatures made of clay. We are not yet the image and likeness of God. We are all being made still in the image and likeness of God, we are coming out of chaos to become God’s image and likeness. Our life is a time of transformation, and this brings suffering. Each of us has a part, and even in God’s design, each one of us is part of it.

You are unique and God is acting just for this, to make you unique, because only He knows how you are. We are so foolish, we want to be what we think we are, and worse, we want to be equal to everyone. God wants to make us the part he needs, it is no use to want to be like the others, we have to be the one that God wants us to be. For this piece to be formed, much suffering is needed.

The great truth is that as the Spirit hovered over that chaos, in the beginning, now also He hovers over us, for our work is not finished. We ask God to walk with us, but we are so ignorant that we do not even know which is the way. God is so merciful that He invites us to walk with Him, because He is the way. Faced with what the Word is telling us, the Lord requires, within us, an unconditional surrender. His will is not like our will, God’s will is the best for us. It was he who created us, it was not us who created us. It was He who loved us, and because He loved us, He chose us, He made us come to life and He made us unique. The Lord knows who we are and where we should go, where we will be placed. So, the smartest thing is to surrender unconditionally to Him. As Mary said, let’s also say, “Let Me be made according to Your word.” So that the Word may become flesh in us and from there, the Word may dwell among us.

God bless you!

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the Canção Nova Community

Sep 082017
 

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After 1,500 years of existence of the Roman Catholic Church, the protagonists of Protestant Reformation decided to tell the world that the Roman Catholic Church “had taken a wrong pathway of salvation”. Is it possible? Has the Holy Spirit not helped the Church, as promised by Jesus?

It is worth quoting here the words Saint Paul said to Saint Timothy:

“First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all. This was the testimony at the proper time” (The First Letter to Timothy 2, 1-6).

The Apostle shows clearly that salvation is equivalent to having “knowledge of the truth”. The “healthy doctrine” that Jesus entrusted to His Apostles and commanded them to teach to all nations is the pathway that leads to salvation.

Saint Paul also tells his faithful Disciple that:

“I am writing you about these matters, although I hope to visit you soon. But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion, Who was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory” (The First Letter to Timothy 3, 14-16).

Affirming that the Church is “the pillar and foundation of truth” is equivalent to affirming that without the Church the truth has no basis or foundation on which it can stand upright. It is equivalent to affirming that the Ministry of the Church is infallible. Without the Church, Jesus’ Doctrine would have never been transmitted to us untouched and pure. Teilhard de Chardin affirmed that: “without the Church, the Christ evaporates, crumbles down or melts away and is totally annulled.”

Jesus insisted on the importance of the truth. He said to Pilate that He had come to the world “to testify to the truth” (John 18, 37).  To the Jews who believed in Him, He promised: “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8, 32). He affirmed to His Disciples that: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14, 6). In His prayer to His Father, He asked: “Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth” (John 17, 17).

Saint Paul exhorts the Thessalonians not to be misled by all the tribulation the Church will have to face before the Second Come of the Lord. Those who allow false arguments to lead them astray shall perish “because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved” (The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 2, 10).

“Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned” (The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 2, 11-12).

Saint Paul clearly shows in the passage above that those who choose human teaching and false doctrines in detriment to God’s Truth and the doctrines of the Church shall be lost because they “have not believed the truth”.

Let us repeat once more the words of the Apostle: “you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth” (The First Letter to the Thessalonians 3, 15).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church thoroughly confirms Saint Paul’s statement:

“Missionary motivation. It is from God’s love for all men that the Church in every age receives both the obligation and the vigor of her missionary dynamism, “for the love of Christ urges us on.” Indeed, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”; that is, God wills the salvation of everyone through the knowledge of the truth. Salvation is found in the truth. Those who obey the prompting of the Spirit of truth are already on the way to salvation. But the Church, to whom this truth has been entrusted, must go out to meet their desire, so as to bring them the truth. Because she believes in God’s universal plan of salvation, the Church must be the missionary” (CCC # 851).

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

Sep 012017
 

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It is a Dogma of Faith that, when a Pope proclaims a Dogma of Faith, he does not make a mistake because he has the guaranteed assistance of the Holy Spirit. The Church also exercises Her infallibility in questions of faith and morals in the Ecumenical Councils. All along the 2,000 years of Her History, articles of faith proclaimed by one legitimate Council have never been revoked by a subsequent legitimate Council. The Doctrinal consistency of the Church is the proof of Her infallibility, for the Holy Spirit, the great Scholar of the Church, never contradicts Himself. The Holy Spirit cannot unveil some piece of truth to the Church today that is different in its essence from other pieces of truth granted to the Church in the past.

Jesus affirmed to the Apostles that:

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18, 18).

He had already made that same promise to Peter, the visible Head of the Church (Matthew 16, 18), and through Peter this promise extended to the whole Apostolic Collegiate under Peter’s authority and united with him.

Jesus also affirmed to the Apostles that:

“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me” (Luke 10, 16).

Listening to this promise, it is impossible not to understand the infallibility of the Church.

Jesus guaranteed that the Words of the Church are His Words. Those who rebuke the Apostles’ Doctrine are also rebuking the Lord and His Father. That is extremely serious! Rejecting the Doctrinal teachings of the Church is equivalent to rejecting Jesus’ teachings and the Father’s teachings; it is equivalent to rejecting Jesus and the Father.

Before returning to His Heavenly Kingdom in His Ascension, Jesus said to His Apostles (and consequently to the Church) that:

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28, 19-20).

The Church was born with the first Apostles and Jesus sent them to the world, to teach His doctrine “to all nations.” We know that God always grants the Graces His servants need to accomplish the mission He entrusts to them.  The Grace in that case was the assistance of the Holy Spirit so that the Church could teach the world a pure irreproachable doctrine, a doctrine with no mistakes. It is worth noticing that, before ascending to Heaven, the Lord guarantees that:

“I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28, 20).

That is the final sentence in Saint Matthew Gospel, and it gives us the guarantee that the Lord Himself is in the Heart of His Church through the action of the Holy Spirit; He promised and sent the Holy Spirit to the Church in Pentecost, to prevent that the Church could make mistakes in fundamental issues of human salvation.

Those who consider the idea that the Church could be mistaken in her pathways of Salvation should stop and think: accepting the fact that the Church made mistakes, along these 2,000 years, in questions of Doctrinal articles of faith, implies in affirming that Jesus abandoned His Church and broke His Promise of being with the Church “until the end of the age”.  That is simply impossible! Jesus is faithful and He loves His Church as His Bride, with unshakeable Love. He gave His Life for His Church. As Saint Paul said:

 “Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her” (The Letter to the Ephesians 5, 25).

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

Aug 312017
 

The Lord’s gaze is upon those who fear Him and wait on Him

Waiting and trusting is our salvation!

Today I want to begin with the Word of God: “The eye of the Lord watches over him who fears him, on whom he expects in his grace” (Psalm 33:18). This is a word of hope that comes from God, because He is wonderful and will change everything that is wrong in our life. But we have to be intimate with Him, and for that to happen, we need to pray. Have you been praying lately?

Before God, we can not keep our heads down, as if we were defeated. When we have a garden, we can plant beautiful roses or dig a grave, it will depend on us. The optimist plants the roses; The pessimist, without hope, digs his own grave and looks at it every day.

We trust in the Lord, so we need to assume our identity as children of God and wait on Him, the Lord’s gaze is upon those who fear Him and wait on Him. My brother, the Lord is looking at your pain, at your life, your problem, so decide today to plant roses in your garden and wait with confidence in the Lord.

His brother,

Wellington Garden (Eto)
Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII

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