“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
Deacon Nelson Correa, on the program ‘ Sorrindo Pra Vida’ [Smiling at Life] ‘, talks about the ‘ Sanctuary ‘ family. Integrity and family unity must be preserved, so protect your family and pray for it because each one that God gave us is a precious treasure.
The meditated Word is in 1 Timothy 5:8 And whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family members has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
The children drink the overflowing love of their parents. Father and mother are the masters of their children, because everything they do serves as an example for them. Being cradle of family faith, when we don’t take care of our children, we’re worse than infidels.
How many of you parents speak ill of your community, of your parish, your parish priest in front of your kids! What kind of example are you giving them? There is something even more important, however, the most important thing is to preserve the shrine called family. The respect we plant now is what we will reap tomorrow. Parents should be the first to show what it’s like to have faith.
A preserved sanctuary, so our family should be preserved
The family that God thought – man, woman, and children – should position itself. The world has tried to destroy the family image, then we, as children of God, we should fight for it.
Many parents don’t say “I love you” with the words, but how many attitudes express your love! How many sit down after working hard to give the best to their children.
Kids, be grateful to his parents, thank them for all the hard work they do for you. Who is appreciative is happier!
Father and mother, who don’t care to call your your adult children and are isolated from them, you know just because they are grown this does not mean they don’t need you. They need you, Yes! They need your care and love.
Honor your father and mother
The fourth commandment is honoring father and mother, and no amendments or conditions, you must honor them. There are people creating war within their own home. Do not create disputes within your House, but you have to forgive, love, makes the difference.
The enemy wants to split up our families, because, when we are divided, it is easier to destroy. How many times, in the House, we have suffered, but, regardless of the circumstances, may the Lord give us strength to overcome and mostly to love.
It’s not because we were hurt by our parents that we need to do the same with our children. It is a choice! We must choose to live, love and be happy.
Open the door of heaven for our family. Difficult problems have no easy solutions, but with love you can resolve a lot of things. We believe in our family and we fight for it.
Deacon Nelsinho Correa Canção Nova Community mission
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
Self-knowledge helps us in our weakness and leads us to be better
Our self-knowledge of our weakness brings forth in us humility and true peace. Here are the Beatitudes of tears of which the Gospel speaks not those easy and sensitive tears that express nothing, but those tears deep of the heart, these returns and conversions that call us to humility and the painful heartache of sins committed, that contrition of the heart.
In the Gospel we see those tears our Lord called “Blessed”: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (5.4 Mt), the forgiven sinner’s tears, the tears of Peter who denied the master, tears of my heart, that you and I have experienced and that God wants us to concede to us.
God provides, God will provide. Trust! His mercy won’t be lacking.
Wellington Jardim (Eto) Co-founder of the community and administrator of FJPII Canção Nova
“I love the LORD, who listened
to my voice in supplication,
Who turned an ear to me
on the day I called.
I was caught by the cords of death;
the snares of Sheol had seized me;
I felt agony and dread.
Then I called on the name of the LORD,
“O LORD, save my life!”
Gracious is the LORD and righteous;
yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD protects the simple;
I was helpless, but he saved me.
Return, my soul, to your rest;
the LORD has been very good to you.
For my soul has been freed from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.
I kept faith, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted!”
I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars!”
How can I repay the LORD
for all the great good done for me?
I will raise the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
Dear in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his devoted.h
LORD, I am your servant,
your servant, the child of your maidservant;
you have loosed my bonds.
I will offer a sacrifice of praise
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Hallelujah! ” (Psalm 116 NABRE)
I don’t know if you met the heart the psalmist while praying this Psalm, but we can see that he went through disappointment with the people, through fall and tribulation. However, he overcame obstacles and is now returning to what God gave him. This was a man of life with the Lord, of intimacy with the Father.
We live in a time of much confusion, of the faith of a people that understands the meaning of their identity, people who were created by God for His praise and joy, but full of trends that original sin left them. So the hedonism has been so successful! People think being happy is to live freely all that pleasure offers them.
Is in the ‘ yes ‘ to God that the human will become free
Mother Teresa teaches us not to love the beauty, for it ends one day. We must know that time cannot end with a love without explanation, the Love of God cannot end. The world, however, proposes the reverse; it gives us the joy of having. However, the real joy is in our life with the Lord.
It in the ‘ yes ‘ to God that the human will becomes free and finds its completion. Saint Maximus says ‘ yes ‘ to God becomes opposition to the world, because Satan said to Adam and Eve in paradise, that if they ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, they would be free. So the men bring upon themselves this worldly belief. However, we need to understand that the joy will be constant and persistent if we do the will of the Father.
What poverty to live only for the weekend! We need to be happy on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, because Jesus saved us. God is shaking us! Where, who’s our happiness? Jesus is our achievement. The temptation of the devil is to abandon the truth to live a false life. The devil, when he tempted Jesus, said that if the Son of God would prostrate Himself before him, Satan would give him all the kingdoms. Jesus told his disciples that if they wanted to follow him, they would have to resign themselves and embrace the cross.
Pope Francis explains that Peter confessed Christ as the Messiah, but when he talked about dying and by the cross, the disciple refused. Peter said: “I will follow you, but without the cross.” The Pontiff said that he who announces the Christ without cross is not following.
If we join the Lord, our lives will surely move forward. As Saint Paul said: “in my flesh I complete the sacrifice of Christ”. We are the Church of the cross. When the Islamic State threatened Rome, it said that would invade the Church of the cross.
We are the Church of the cross
“For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” [Isaiah 29:14]
For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world, by wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe. For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishnessof God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25 d-r)
Know that there is the strength God in the cross. When you are persecuted and humiliated, when you’re sick, know that there is strength of God in you. Proclaim the cross, because it is his strength.
When all goes well, it is easy to praise, but when unemployment, sadness and disappointment are knocking at our door, is it still easy to praise? No! The sacrifice of praise is to have willingness to praise when things are tough.
In the Bible, there is a very strong example of praise. Satan asks to test Job, because this was a sick life, wife, children, health and everything. Job was losing his property, starting with the herd;then the children. But, in this reality, he said: “blessed be the name of the Lord!”.
After all this, Job lost health, he had to sit in the trash and clean his body with a tile. Job’s wife kept murmuring, but he said they always received from good from God, should receive from him the evil?
We want to offer a sacrifice of praise to the Lord! Living like this, we will be much happier. No matter what happens, God will always be alongside us. If we’re on the cross with the Lord, we will be happy, because there’s salvation.
As I offered to God a sacrifice of praise
In my teens, I went away from God and went to a life of doom. Once, I was in a funk and, that night, for that night there were no drugs.
When I drank my first SWIG , I heard a voice: “you only see me when you need me”. I thought I was already were “drunk”, but that voice insisted three times; the third time, touched me on the wall and realized it wasn’t my place. I Got out of there and didn’t want to do any more drugs. Some time later, I left my drinking and I started attending a prayer group. There, God was working my heart. A year later, I went to church every day.
There was a time, I started to see me in the place of the priest; via-playing in his place, but denied that it would be true. I was fighting with God, saying he didn’t want it, I didn’t want it either.
I started dating. We were happy. I went to a Carnaval without her and there God spoke to my heart deeply through a phrase of Catherine of Sienna “If the will of the Lord is also mine,for only through the will of the Lord will Il be happy.” I went before the crucified and prayed saying to God that I didn’t want to be a priest, but I was going to do his will, because in it I would be happy.
Pope Benedict XVI says Gethsemane is the place of the olive press. There, Jesus asked that the chalice was away from him, but He still said ‘ yes ‘ to the will of the father. The Pope Emeritus says that when God’s will happens, heaven touches the Earth.
The contempt is incense for the devil, but praise is offering to God. So we need to give the Lord a sacrifice of praise, because this is freedom! Just look at Paul and Silas in jail.