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Aug 072017
 

Jesus will come and all this will pass. May this news fill your heart of hope

One person asked me, “Do you have something to tell me to be of hope?” I thought and I remembered the tragedy in Minas Gerais, the attacks in France, the economic crisis, the diseases, but none of that gives us hope, only sadness.

Then I answered, “The only and best news I have is that the second coming of Jesus Christ is at hand.This fact fills my heart with hope and joy, I feel a deep peace in thinking that Jesus will return. “

It is true that we must go through many trials and tribulations, but Jesus will come and all this will pass. We must wait for his return, like a good servant waiting for his Lord to return. May this news fill your heart with hope.

His brother,

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

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Jul 312017
 
Photo: Daniel Mafra / cancaonova.com

Photo: Daniel Mafra / cancaonova.com

It is important to understand what to do after a difficult day.

The Word of God teaches us:  In my spirit faints within me, my heart is consumed. Tell me the road that I must follow, for to you I lift my soul. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your good spirit guide me on a flat road “(Psalm 143,4,8b.10).

 

He knows those days when we think in our hearts: My God! Why did I get out of bed today? I should have stayed home sleeping! Well, those complicated days indeed do exist and happen even if we do not want them. Days when everything seems to run against us, where we spend the hours crossing people who are more distracting helping, so that everything gets under our skin and anything, no matter how small, is cause for irritation and whining. Hence the question: what do I do on a day like this?

As we read Psalm 143, we realize that the psalmist also had his moment of wanting to “lie in bed” and forget that such a day had existed. But what did he do? Murmured? Did you become a victim? Put the blame on everyone? The answer is “no”. At the very moment when he could no longer bear it, when his heart was consumed and his spirit faint, he prayed to God and asked that the divine will be fulfilled in his life. Instead of blaming “government,” the people around him, and the “system,” he begged the Lord to show him the way to go. He asked the Lord to be his teacher and, like an applied student, wished to learn to fulfill the divine will.

At this difficult time the psalmist goes on, he does not complain, but wants to learn to extract the sovereign will of God from the troubled environment, like a gold digger who finds grams of gold in the midst of tons of earth.

However, discovering and fulfilling the divine will, just at that moment when our desire drives us to want to “squeeze” someone, is not as simple as it seems. But I believe that the Holy Spirit can and wants to do a new work in our heart. It is up to you and me to ask the Divine Spirit to educate us in the concrete situations of each day, whether it is difficult or not. Let us ask Him to lead us always to discern the will of God in every moment, person or situation with which we face. Believe: God will do His part. He always does it. Then we will reap beautiful fruits of conversion and holiness.

I repeat: it is not as simple as it seems, but it is, without a doubt, something wonderful. I shared with you, in this article, something that God taught me to read this psalm before the tabernacle. And why was I standing before the tabernacle reading Psalm 143? Because, just like you and the psalmist, I also have my difficult days.

Let’s pray?

“Reinflame our hearts, Lord Jesus! Give us a heart tender and attentive to Thy holy will. May we learn by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, to find the peace that comes from the certainty of being in communion with God’s desire, even in the midst of the most complicated and distressing situations that we can face day by day. Teach me to complain less and to listen more to Your voice, to learn, more and more, to grow more and more and serve more and more for love. Amen.”

A hug and my prayers for you.

Alexandre Oliveira 
Missionary of the Canção Nova Community

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The Importance of Silence to Hear the Lord

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Jul 272017
 

Silence is important for listening to the Lord’s guidance

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Yesterday, I talked about our inner turmoil and how far it keeps us from God. Today, I want to meditate on the importance of silence. We must have a moment to be with God alone. Even spouses need this moment of solitude, for it is necessary to have their moment to listen to the Lord’s directives.

We should take days of rest, yes, but also retreats.

My brothers, our relationship with God is too important not to keep the flame of faith alive. If we turn away from Him, our faith will cool. That’s the secret!

I always pray for you.

Your brother,

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

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Jul 252017
 

Blessed is he who offers himself in sacrifice to God.

Monsenhor Jonas Abib celebra Missa durante o Acampamento PHNThe love of God is always looking for us and wants to establish with us a covenant, giving us a new life in the power of the Holy Spirit. (See Hb 8,10b.12)
We – in the Catholic Church – have a renewing grace that liberates and heals all evils: the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, which the Lord Himself makes available to all believers. “I will forgive their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.

Blessed is he who offers himself in sacrifice to God every time he celebrates or communes “(Imitation of Christ). The Father’s love for us is unconditional and effective. The Lord will give us all that is good!
Jesus I trust in you!

“I will put my laws in your mind and engrave them in your heart, and I will be your God, and they will be my people … For I will have mercy on their sins and I will remember their sins no more” (Heb 8: 10b.12)

Luzia Santiago

Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community

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Jul 182017
 

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You need to make an experience of the love of God

“He’s sorry all, believe everything, wait all, supports all. The love will go on for years. ” (1Cor 13.7 -8)

Every human being has a huge thirst of God, even those can’t even imagine His existence. In our heart and in our innermost being, there’s a clamor for a personal encounter with Jesus. I tell you with conviction: our God is the God of experience; you need to make an experience of His love.

While we don’t meet personally with Jesus, our lives will not have a true sense. This is the great grace to our life: meet, every day, with Jesus, who has the power to transform.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Lucia Santiago
Co-founder of the community Canção Nova

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Jul 102017
 

The direction that our life needs is sobriety, temperance and calm

“I came into the world as light, that whoever believes in me will not remain in darkness” (John 12.45).

Adoração ao Santíssimo Sacramento

We’re in the midst of  the darkness of the world, and that darkness in the world comes into to our heart. Our souls and our hearts are in a real abyss, we’re lost, disoriented, not knowing where we’re going and where we’re going to stop.

Jesus is telling us that He came into this world as light and to be light. I was thinking: “if the lights went out and, it was dark, you could even hear my voice, but you would be lost: ‘ Where is he? ‘. I’d be lost even to lead myself to you, in fact, I couldn’t even record, why wouldn’t the camera in front of me work, because it would be lacking light [says the father referring to video].

The light brightens, illuminates, gives firmness, direction, proximity and sure. The darkness causes hurt in us, we stumble and fall; it takes us to the depths and stumbling of life, to the eternal darkness.

We need to live and walk in the light. So when I look at Jesus, He is the light I need to do many things. Inside of me, it is obscure, there are paths that I do not understand, situations that I don’t know how to solve, I don’t know where to walk, which way to go.

The first thing to do: collect myself in sobriety of Spirit. We find no light when everything is very choppy, heated and exciteable. The light of God brings calm and sobriety to the spirit. However, let’s not stay only in the comparative, but bring it to the practical life. The light of God’s direction for our lives, and the direction that our life needs is sobriety, temperance and calm.

Calm often makes us often flee. Agitation that makes us solve so many things. When we do it all so jumpy and brusque, when we trip, it is because we lack the light that is Jesus, a light that brings serenity to our soul and our heart.

Whoever believes in Jesus does not remain in darkness, does not remain in doubt even in the dark.We can even go through dark paths, walk in the doubts and uncertainties of life, but we don’t stay in them, because the light of Jesus will light up our walk giving direction to life.

I can’t live in Jesus and walk amid the false lights the world gives us, but when I let Jesus be light to my life, he points the way and direction that I must follow.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo, Canção Nova Community

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