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Jun 212017
 

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The meek of spirit are confident, deliver their own concerns to God

“Happy the meek of spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven” (Psalm 48). My brothers, this is the first beatitude. The poor in spirit are the opposite of the proud and arrogant, because they are humble and penetrate the reality of the Kingdom of God.

We perceive, brethren, how much we need change, transformation. John himself, who was the beloved disciple, was at heart a “wealth” of spirit, arriving to make a little group with the other Apostles, as if they were “the beloved” of Jesus. But he was changing, about to become the disciple of love. John became love in his own words, in his gestures, in what was and did. If John did all this change, imagine how much we also need! As our heart needs to be changed, possessed by the first beatitude!

When Jesus speaks in Kingdom of heaven, He does not refer to the realm after death, but right now. If we have a humble heart, we need to live in the Kingdom of God by the way, we need to say: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our heart similar to yours”.

The Lord has patience with us, because he knows we do not change in an hour. The good is in us, but it needs to be diced and taken in “pieces”, it’s going to hurt. To change, the Lord allows humiliating situations to happen for us. At the bottom, we need our own effort and also that Christs let us be humiliated, so that we have a new heart, humble as he is.

The word of God is telling us that we are dependent on him for all,  even for a living; and our dependence is total. Therefore, if we are dependent on the Lord, we must put our trust in him.

St. Peter says: “Cast on him all your concerns, because he cares for you” (1Pt 5.7). The meek of spirit are confident, they cast their problems to God and can have peace. This is only possible, because they trust in the Lord.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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Jun 202017
 

Oração da Manhã com Salete Ferreira

Suffering is a school of Holiness

“The blood of Christ, while it reveals the greatness of the love of the father, also expresses how man is precious in the eyes of God and how priceless is the value of your life.” (John Paul II)

Let us pause to reflect on how many were the moments of pain in our life, in which we thought: “I can’t stand it anymore”, “I do not deserve this suffering”, “why do I have to go through this?”, “what have I done wrong?”, “does this look like a punishment!”.

Brothers, we can’t get swallowed by the new world mentality, which is based on the practical materialism, in pursuit of pleasure, and individualism.

The contradictions, the tribulations and the constraints by which we spent our life are assumed fully by Jesus: “Being rich, made himself poor for you, in order to enrich poverty” (2 Corinthians 8.9). In suffering, Jesus leads us to fully realize the meaning of our existence.

No one as He took over for you all our pains, saving us to eternal life. To find out the mystery of suffering, to open us to a greater good: the gift to go to the other, overcome our prejudices, we love and cherish life. Our suffering is a school of Holiness. Our pain makes us experience the mercy of God, the dignity and the saving force that are his own. Blessed be our evidence.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Luzia Santiago
Co-founder of the community Canção Nova

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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 122017
 

The love of God is shed deep into our hearts, and each one of us can plunge into the His peace.

I leave you peace, my peace I give unto you; but not as the world. Don’t let your heart be  bothered or intimidated”(John 14, 27).

The gift of peace is divine and Heavenly, it is a gift from the heart of God. The peace that God gives us is the peace that comes from him; the peace that is pure and is its essence.

Jesus is giving us his peace and not the peace that the world gives us, because world peace may simply be absence of conflicts, wars or something along those lines. Peace is something much deeper, it goes in the intimate part of our soul and our heart, puts us in communion with God and with each other. Peace is the fruit of love, which generates peace in our hearts.

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, and each one of us can plunge into the peace of God. We have conflicts? Yes! Don’t we look at the difficulties, problems and situations, but we have a different way of fighting, we are fitted with the gift of peace. We’re not immune to war, we go to war and fight against the enemies of the soul and the heart.

Our medicine, our gun, above all, is the peace that comes from the heart of God, the peace that God gives us and that, above all, does not let our heart be disturb with difficulties, with tribulations and with all the difficult situations that we face in this life. We need to let our hearts find peace in God, curing our afflictions, which contain our troubles, and gives us peace and tranquility for living, evangelizing and love.

We don’t understand tranquility as we didn’t have difficulties, is not contrary to another. Rather, difficulties are being overcome in that peace that comes from the heart of God. I’m not lost in a fog or now do I bow in front of the afflictions and tribulations I face in my life, I bow before the peace of God, before the spirit of God which is given.

It is interesting in acts of the Apostles: we hear of “beig spent by many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of God”. The tribulations we’ve been through in our lifes do not to take our peace; rather, there is much evidence that we learn to live the peace of God even when we are covered in a whirlwind of trouble and tricky situations.

May the peace of God to invade our hearts!

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

Jun 052017
 

Don’t let the sadness by your soul mate

Pregação com Astromar MirandaSorrows arise during life: trauma and marks, situations that we do not accept and that hurt deeply our attitude of encouragement. Sufferings that come when we least expect them: the death of someone, a disease, difficulties in family situations that sometimes disappoint us.

For some reason, sadness can appear. But you can’t give in to it. “Do not deliver thy soul to sadness, do not torment yourself in your thoughts.” The self-giving to the diseases of the soul, cause you lose the joy, peace, health, dismantle everything and everything turns into worries.

Even if you have been disappointed with love or with a great friendship, even if your family is divided or you are without any expectation of future, do not let it kill your soul.

Your brother,

Monsignor Jonas Abib
Founder of the community Canção Nova

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Jun 012017
 

Santa Missa com Monsenhor Jonas Abib

Jesus will be within us when we apply ourselves to live his word

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come and make him our address” (John 14, 23).

How Beautiful: “If anyone loves me, He will keep my word”. Loving Jesus is not just saying: “Jesus, I love you”, I don’t even need to say this. Loving Jesus is keeping his word, observing it and take it seriously.

We love Jesus when we trust him. And the confidence that we can give him is to keep in our hearts and in our lives everything he taught us how to live, because His words cannot be straws in the wind, because they are important to our lives.

Loving Jesus is loving his commandments, his laws, decrees and all that He teaches us to live. Loving Jesus is to give of myself with all my heart, soul, and with all I am to apply myself in his word.

Don’t ignore the word of God, you are not a simple spectator or hearer of the word, but be the one who listens, meditates, chews on the word and says: “This is Word that I want to live. It is that word that I want to keep. It is the word that I want to live in everything I do and I carry in my life. “

Don’t be simply a listener, but love deeply Jesus, saving and putting into practice his words, putting into your life what he taught us.

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come.” Where is God? We know that He is in the Church, is in the midst of us, but He will be within us when we apply ourselves to live his word.

Make sure that when you silence your heart and apply yourself to meditate on the word, the Father, Jesus and the spirit are with us. When, in our everyday life, we have to die to ourselves to put into practice the word of Jesus, we are not alone, He is with us, vibrantly with us, inspiring, illuminating us, guarding us and preserving us in the fight against sin. But if I make the choice to live another word, it’s like I was saying: “I don’t want to live with you! I want to live with myself. “

God wants to live, live and walk with us. He walks and lives with us when we keep His Word!

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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