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Aug 112017
 

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The Catholic Church is aware of the fact that She holds the plenitude of the means of salvation, as John Paul II said: “Our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head (Unitatis Redintegratio # 3). In other words, “the Catholic Church has been endowed with all divinely revealed truth and with all means of grace” (Unitatis Redintegratio # 4).

Our brothers who were born in the so-called Evangelical Churches and are thus separated of the totality of Catholic faith cannot be blamed for the separation that happened in the past. On the other hand, they are deprived of many means of salvation and sanctity that Jesus left to the Church as His Legacy: Sacraments, Marian Devotion, devotion to the saints and much more.

It is worth noticing that when the Catholic Church refers to Protestant Churches, She means traditional historical hierarchical movements like Anglican and Lutheran Churches. She does not mean those countless small sects that uncontrollably and independently multiply at each day: it is obvious that Jesus never authorized that.

Vatican Council II Lumen Gentium affirms that:

“This is the one Church of Christ which in the Creed is professed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic, which our Saviour, after His Resurrection, commissioned Peter to shepherd, and him and the other apostles to extend and direct with authority, which He erected for all ages as “the pillar and mainstay of the truth”. This Church constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him, although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure. These elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium # 8).

The Decree on Ecumenism of Vatican Council II also affirms that:

“For it is only through Christ’s Catholic Church, which is “the all-embracing means of salvation,” that they can benefit fully from the means of salvation. We believe that Our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, in order to establish the one Body of Christ on earth to which all should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the people of God” (Unitatis Redintegratio # 3).

The unity inside Christ’s Church is manifested in several factors: doctrine, liturgy, governing, Apostolic Succession and so on. The Church has only one doctrine and only one profession of faith received through the Apostles. Those who do not believe is these articles of faith cannot affirm that they are Catholic in the true sense of the word.

The Catechism approved by the Pope in 1992 clearly shows that there is only one doctrine both in terms of dogma and morals.

The liturgical celebration of the Sacraments is an essential factor of unity. The whole world follows the Liturgical Calendar: everywhere you go around the world you will find the same liturgical celebrations and will be able to participate in the same Mass, with minor variations. Another factor of unity in the Church is the Holy Hierarchy that Jesus Himself wanted and enforced. The Apostolic Succession protects and guarantees the fraternal order inside the Church through the Sacrament of the Order. The main factor is the Pope, “the pillar of union” to whom all Clergy and Laity are subject.

The greatest children of the Church have always followed the principle: “Cum Petro et sub Petro” (With Peter and subject to Peter).

The Lord’s Providence has always been with the Church: we have had 264 Popes and the Church has never lacked a Visible Head. The Pope is Christ’s Representative on earth. In the words of Saint Catherine of Siena, the Pope is “sweet Christ on earth”. We have had 50 anti-popes so far, in other words, illegitimate popes who were fruit of human weakness, though we have never lacked a True Pope, Christ’s representative and Peter’s Successor who carries the burden of all sins of mankind.

 

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

Mar 252013
 

The Eucharist is the mystery of poverty. In it Jesus Christ shows Himself in an extreme poverty, coming from Heaven helping our poverty.
In all the moments en which the Church was beaten through heresy, the Lord helped, for he remained many times broken and needy. For  when this happens, the force of the coming to hurtthe Church and try to undermine who foundation. But Jesus Himself affirms: “The gates of hell will not prevail against her.” (Matt 16:18)
Still, today heaven continues to come to help us in our poverty everyday in which Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist. We need of it each day because of our doubts, our brokenness of our faith and in order that we may remain on God’s road and in His commandments. The Eucharist is a necessity for our miseries; and even in our sins, we do not stop being Children of God. The Church continues being mother and we continue being children. She does not put anyone out of the house. . . She does not cast someone out as a defendant.

Like the Church we also need to be full of mercy, therefore, we need the Eucharist.

God Bless You!

Monsignor Jonas Abib

Founder of the Canção Nova Community.

translated from Portuguese

Oct 052012
 

We are surrounded by a culture of competition, walls, elimination. And our families are very impaired.

Hey guys, Peace and Goodness!

Sunday is the day of the Lord! Day that we go to Church to participate in Holy mass, we receive the Body of Christ and His Word, and we encounter ourselves with the brothers. We unite ourselves in prayer. Communion is justly this union. The Church invites us to on Sunday, to be in communion with our neighbor and with the Lord, of a more profound form. You already should have heard this phrase: “Sunday without Mass; a week without graces!”

Sunday is the day that we are in the house with the family, we meet friends, lunch together, share, live, walk. A day to rest, to tidy our house and our personal things. It is the opportune day to live in family intimacy. We spend the entire week working, running from one side to the other, immersed in an agitated life, therefore, thanks to God, this day, Sunday, is reserved, to silence ourselves, to calm ourselves a little and to enter into familiar intimacy, something that during the week, due to agitation we stopped realizing.

However, today, we have seen that Sunday has become the day we put someone on the other side of a wall! It is the culture of competition and not of companionship. The culture of elimination of not of pardon. This you should already know. Or perhaps it is not so clear, it is that unconciously, we are brought to generate in our heart thoughts, that generate feelings, that for its time, produce attitudes of elimination.

Today, I ask myself: Who am I eliminating from my life? Who am I putting on the other side  of a  wall of my life? Our children? Our parents? Friends? The Church? If someone person speaks, wrongly, or hurts us or even if he does not lead us to what we expected, “he or she  is not our type”, our attitude is eliminating them from our circle of friends, from our day by day, from our life.

How many young people do not speak any more with their parents, because they eliminate them, there are grimaces, they are outdated.” How many spouses do not share nor pardon your spouse: “He (or she) is very boring, old, cold, we are not together…”

You could speak of various ambitions in our life, therefore, I prefer to leave you with a question: “Who am I putting on the other side  of a wall of my life, consciously or unconsciouly?” The wall appears to be the place where on gives someone the last chance to redeem him or  herself, as a tribunal. An attitude of one who is not merciful and that forgot the Word of God that says: “How many times should we pardon, 7 times?” Jesus responded “I don’t say to you 7 times but 70 times 7 times”, in other words always.

That this culture of the wall, does not have any power over our families. Fight for your family, for your friends, for your loved one. The family that prays together, stays together!

God bless you,

We are together!

Emanuel Stênio

translated from Portuguese

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