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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

Portuguese version

Apr 262017
 
Bispos brasileiros participam da 55º Assembleia Geral da CNBB em Aparecida (SP)

Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida [Appeared] credit: Canção Nova

As we recognize Jesus, touch the center of our faith

“In fact, all of you are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gl -27 3.26)

When we recognize Jesus is in our life as Lord, we’re at the center of our faith. Many people find that they do not have faith, because they bring in the heart many questions and doubts, but this situation is a unique opportunity to get close to Jesus, shed our doubts and expect the right answer from him.

It’s beautiful when you do such an experiment, because when we ask Jesus something, He also makes us freer to ask the most essential questions, which has the power to open ourselves to His mystery.

The Holy Spirit illuminates our minds and our hearts, because we want to know the Lord.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Lucia Santiago
Co-founder of the Canção Nova community 

Portuguese version

Apr 062016
 

Full trust in God is achieved through faith

Deacon Nelsinho Correa, in the program “Sorrindo pra Vida”[Smiling at Life] invites us to cry unto the Lord increase our faith, because it leads us to leave our life in the hands of the Father with confidence.

The meditated Word is in Hebrews 11:1-12 NABRE:

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible. By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s. Through this he was attested to be righteous, God bearing witness to his gifts, and through this, though dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and “he was found no more because God had taken him.” Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him,e for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen, with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household. Through this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God.
By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age—and Sarah herself was sterile—for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore

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A fé nos leva a ter uma total confiança no Senhor

The faith, that illuminates our lives and in our hearts, is a certainty of what we don’t see. The fact of believing in God teaches us to have meaning in our journey.

Many want an explanation for everything that they live, but faith does not explain it, just calls us to believe. Temptation strikes our confidence in the Lord, because, if you don’t trust in him,we will murmur and blaspheme against the Father.

By faith, many men gave their life to Jesus Christ, and this is a gift we received from God on the day of our baptism. On the test, it will sustain us. And God uses such trials to strengthen us. In the painful moments, believing in the Lord enlightens us and shows us the way forward.

Faith motivates us to seek answers in God. Reading the Holy Scriptures is asking Christ for advice. The Word gives us the answers we are seeking.

To have faith is to find a meaning for the suffering, discovering that it is not in vain. Trust in the Lord.

Deacon Nelsinho Correa
Canção Nova Community mission

Portuguese version

Mar 172015
 

In the tribulation time we are being trained to support

Meditation on the Word: Psalm 31, 1-17.23-25

Fr. Fabricio Andrade

The Lord will be a stronghold in times of trouble. Today, I want to speak of being strong in the tribulation, when you need support in time of tribulation. I’m not saying it’s for you embrace suffering and say, “Wow, what a delight to suffer.” No, not that. But  actually to enter the tribulation, accept this suffering for purification.

They made an inquiry to the Pope Francis: “What do we do in the time of tribulation?”. He replied: “First – Do not despair ever. Always stay quiet. Second – Search a way to overcome this difficulty and, if you can not overcome it, one must bear it until an opportunity arises to overcome. Never panic, we just need time to understand.”

The quiet words of the Pope Francis  tells us about another way to be strong in tribulation: when it is necessary to support the tribulation. The Word of God will show us the secret to support it. The title of Psalm 31, “I give myself into your hands,” already contains a hint itself.

See, the Psalm shows us the secret to bearing it. More than proclaiming victory, we must support the struggle. Often, the word support is something heavy or negative. Today, our great training is the time that we’re going through the uncomfortable tribulation. Support is to be supported by someone who is bigger than me. The surfer is supported on the board, because the board is support for him not to sink. In our life, our support is the Lord. In tribulation we are supported by the Lord, that means it is the Lord who sustains us. The secret to being strong in tribulation is to trust this support that the Lord is giving me. While we are being shaken, the hand of God is supporting us. God brought you to this retreat to gather the pieces of your life. How many of us are the pieces? But the same hand that sustains us is the same that collects the pieces: the hand of God. No one drinks water in a broken glass because it will cut them. God has the courage to put his hand down, even if you are in pieces. You, who are this broken glass, which is broken for life, God is holding you.

“The secret to being strong in tribulation is trust this support that the Lord is giving me,” says Father Fabricio Andrade. Photo: File / cancaonova.com

Often when we are broken, wounded, we lack people who have the courage to support us. But God is not afraid to support us. In the time of tribulation, we are being trained for support. If we lose trust in God and not let ourselves be borne by him, we will break, as the glass falls down and breaks.

No one has the courage to move in the shards of a broken glass and tighten them, but the hands of Jesus, who have been injured by you, have the courage to move the pieces you are in. Whoever does not allow the hands of God to support them lives broken.

Who is being dragged in the middle of a flood and is a support, a stone, just clinging on that rock. The Lord is this rock, “The Lord is my rock.” For a microphone does not fall to the ground, it needs a hand to support it. So you need to let the hands of God support you.

When we fall and someone gives us a hand, we are being supported by that person. “Into your hands I commend my spirit. You redeemed me, O Lord. It is the Lord that I hope … “. God is supporting you, this Word needs to gain a greater force in your life. The husband needs the wife’s support, the wife needs her husband’s support and the children need parental support.

“Do not deliver up to the hands of my enemy. They define the sorrow of my life , the body and the soul. ” When we do not have the support, we fall to pieces. Look for those things in the media: the money, the mobile and the things of the world. But the only support that is able to sustain us is the Lord. So that we can support others we need to be supported by the Lord.

Strength In suffering is not learned, but lived. God wants to gather the pieces that he encounters in you. God is gathering the pieces of your marriage, your youth and your heart. God is being strong and putting you in his lap. Perhaps you are too tired to be support for others, but God is now supporting you. There is a support that is not magic and is not a joke: the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is an experience with God through the Holy Spirit who gives us the grace to endure the tribulation.

Portuguese Transcription: Jakeline Megda D’Onofrio.

Mar 312014
 

GND_Press6Is God dead? Friedrich Nietzsche seemed to think so, as well as many others in and out of the philosophical sciences. One can believe what he or she wants, but in many university classrooms and halls here in the United States, not believing in God is a virtue if not actual prerequisite. This is the issue addressed in the movie God Is Not Dead.

I do not want to review the movie, as I am not a movie reviewer, but I do want to say this is an important movie here for the United States and other parts of the world. As you know, Canção Nova is a Brazilian based community and there, as of now, a crucifix can be found in every classroom in the country, although there is a move to change this. Speaking freely of religion is not an issue in Brazil the last I heard. The same cannot be said for the United States. In fact, the concept of requiring students to proclaim that God is dead has actually happened in one form or another in some US University classrooms.

This is a great movie and if it is released in Brazil, I will certainly encourage the Revolução Jesus team to check it out and, obviously, present it for their weekly movie review segment. However, it is here in the US and I cannot emphasize enough how well done this movie is for presenting the issue.

Director Harold Cronk so perfectly GND_OfficialPoster (1)demonstrated a Christianity that he clearly opens the door for the viewer to see his or her form of the faith without any form of alienation at all. It was masterfully done. (Ok that was a bit of a review, but that part had to be explained.)

For those in the Catholic faith concerned it is not a Catholic movie, may I remind you of the words of Blessed Fulton Sheen who recommended the Barclay Commentary Series even though Barclay is not Catholic and angrily scolded his priest audience to not be those who would not read the series for that reason.

This movie truly portrays the challenges of the Christian life from the inside and I, as a Catholic priest, can tell you first hand of encountering almost every issue that appears in the movie. (I never did have a philosophy professor who insisted that saying God is dead is a pre-requisite, but I did have one at the University of Massachusetts in Boston who clearly was an atheist and who stated that mystic saints–such as for example St. Teresa of Avila–were psychotics. This was in the mid 1980’s A friend had an English teacher in high school who labeled him a crazy Catholic.) 

There is the semi-discouraged preacher (David A.R. White) dealing with “Front Lines” missionary (Benjamin Onyando) on vacation. Shane Harper is the young freshman with his Christian girlfriend, she sees their future in a way that involves, at best, a nod to faith, but not an embrace of it when it gets tough. Kevin Sorbo is the hard as rock atheist who hates God since his mother died. (Yes, I encountered one of them in my ministry too, in this case he was a producer and his grandmother died. The reasoning of his being an atheist was the same.) Trisha LaFache is the ambushing reporter looking for a story and finally Dean Cain is the heartless successful stockbroker.

The Newsboys do a great job of portraying their Christian message on stage, and Christian ministry off stage. Working for a community that has its own record label, I am familiar with that scenario as well.

Clearly, this movie was written by someone intensely familiar with the ins and outs of Christian ministry. 

It is too late to bring a Confirmation class to movie, but I hope to show it to my class next semester. (producers please make sure getting a license is an easy process.)

So, God Is not dead and the movie illustrates this reality extremely well, while challenging the viewer how far he or she will go to live that message. It could cost you everything, but God will be with you to make up for what you lose in full measure running over.

Fr. Robert J Carr

below is a link to the actual cases (US) that inspired the movie, all 16 pages of them; they are also in the credits:

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Jan 082014
 

Many times, we want and we ask Jesus to do miracles in our life, but the greatest miracle that the Lord wants to do in us today is to give us faith.

When we believe, no signal is necessary, but when we don’t believe, no signal is sufficient to convince us, because we lack the eyes of faith to see, better said to truly see. The best miracle for us will never be sufficient if we do are not healed of our lack of faith. Then let us ask Jesus today to heal us from all lack of faith, because only this gift of God will make us truly see interiorly and exteriorly.

“Then Jesus said: Woman, great is your faith!” (Mk 7:29a)

Lord, we want to be men and women of vision, capable of truly seeing beyond appearances.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Luzia Santiago

translated from Portuguese

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