Be brave, do not be afraid.
Daniela Miranda. Photo: Paula Dizaró
How is the Lord’s Mercy in our lives? It is carried from generation to generation. Let us repeat these words described in the diary of St. Faustina number 449: “I am your mother by the infinite mercy of God. The soul that faithfully fulfills the will of God is the one that pleases me the most. Be brave, do not be afraid of illusory difficulties, but set your eyes on my son’s passion and you will conquer. ”
What does courage mean? Courage does not mean absence of fear, but rather, to act even in the face of fear because trusting in the Lord we will move forward. The deeper we delve into the Lord’s Mercy, the closer we come to the Merciful Jesus.
In I Samuel 17, the episode of Goliath is told. Every day we face many Goliaths in our lives. What is our Goliath? What are we facing that is too big? Are we struggling to win?
On the other side we have David who was very small but had the courage to face the challenges. To be brave we must assume who we are and the qualities that God has given us. This is how we will serve the Lord, so let us enter confidently in combat with the gift that God has given us.
Often people will tell us words that discourage us, but we can not be discouraged and we must have the courage to say and do everything with humility and trust in God.
Most of the time we want to win battles using weapons, but we need to overcome them by proclaiming trust in Jesus.
Courage is linked to trust, because when we are with a confident heart we have the courage to face the daily challenges. In the face of difficulties, the enemy wants to deceive us, but when we face obstacles with confidence in Jesus, a stone is enough to overcome.
Our confidence grows as we move forward in prayer, so it is important to have a life of prayer.
From the youth, the rosary prayer had an important place in the life of St. John Paul II.He himself testifies: “The Rosary accompanied me in times of joy and trials.I entrusted it with so many worries;In it I always found comfort.”The favorite prayer of St. John Paul was the Rosary.
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In his encyclical, the Rosary of the Virgin Mary ( Rosarium Virginis Mariae ), he shows that this simple and deep prayer of the rosary has great meaning, as well as bearing fruits of holiness, for, although its characteristic is Marian, at its core is a Christological prayer.Thus, in order to better contemplate the face of Christ with Mary, let us see some tips that the saint himself presents to us in his encyclical, so that we can pray the rosary better:
1- Peaceful rhythm and a certain delay to think of the mystery
Many people pray the rosary in a hurry, agitated, impatient, that is, let the reflection of the immediate world take care of this prayer.The rosary is contemplative and requires a quiet rhythm of prayers and reflection on each mystery that is being prayed.Each well-meditated mystery illuminates the mystery of man.
2- You can fix an icon or other visible and figurative element
To enunciate the mystery with the possibility of fixing an icon or other visible and figurative element that represents it is like opening a scenario on which attention is concentrated.It facilitates the concentration of the spirit in the mystery, especially when the Rosary is recited in particular moments of prolonged silence.
3- Read a Bible passage
To give biblical grounding and depth to meditation, it is helpful for the enunciation of the mystery to be accompanied by the proclamation of a biblical allusion, which, depending on the circumstances, may be more or less long.This helps to hear the voice of God and, even on certain occasions, this Scripture passage may come with a later comment.
After the enunciation of the mystery and the proclamation of the Word, it is convenient to pause for a while and fix your gaze on the meditated mystery before beginning vocal prayer.
5. To emphasize the name of Christ by adding a clause evocative of the mystery
Adding to the name of Jesus a clause evocative of the mystery intensifies the Christological faith, especially in public recitation.For example, if we contemplate the mystery of the birth of Jesus, we can pray: “Hail Mary … fruit of your womb Jesus”, “born in Bethlehem.”Holy Mary … In every mystery contemplated, a clause is added to help with meditation.
6- Highlight the “Glory”
The trinitarian glorification of every decade is the apogee of contemplation, for we are continually in the presence of the mystery of the three divine Persons to praise, worship and thank them.In the public recitation, one can sing to give greater prominence to “Gloria”.
7- Finish each of the mysteries with a prayer
In this way, the contemplation of the mysteries can better manifest all its fruitfulness, since it will have more connection with the Christian life and the specific fruits of the meditation of this mystery will be obtained.St. John Paul teaches that to walk with Mary in the scenes of the Rosary is like attending Mary’s “school” to read Christ, to penetrate her secrets, to understand her message.Of all human beings, no one like her knows Christ better.Therefore, it is necessary to pray properly the rosary, because thus Christ is formed in the disciple fully.
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Silence is important for listening to the Lord’s guidance
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.
Wellington Garden (Eto) Co-founder of the Canção Nova Community and administrator of the FJPII
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!
Fasting and prayer educates us to an experience with God, because they help us to master our impulses
Márcio Mendes invites us to look at our practices of fasting and prayer, because they help us to master our impulses and vanquish evil.
The meditated Word today is in Tobit 12.7 -15: “For it is good to hide the secret of a king: but honorable to reveal and confess the works of God. Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up treasures of gold: For alms delivers from death, and the same is that which purges away sins, and makes to find mercy and life everlasting. But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to their own soul.
I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from you. When you did pray with tears, and did bury the dead, and did leave your dinner, and hide the dead by day in your house, and bury them by night, I offered your prayer to the Lord. And because you was acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove you. And now the Lord has sent me to heal you, and to deliver Sara your son’ s wife from the devil. For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord.“.
To get rid of evil, we have to have goodness in our heart. The Christian should not seek the occult to get rid of evil things. Whoever has Jesus in his life doesn’t have to resort to nefarious practices.
The only effective path that protects us from evil is good. Doing evil is always a temptation. Sin separates us from God. We are from God and evil must not be allowed to dominate us.
When we choose evil, our life is in ruins. Let us educate our body so that it do no harm. But how do we discipline the body? By fasting and prayer. Who is able to say ‘ no ‘ to their will, will be able to say ‘ no ‘ to sin.
Learn to give up things that are not important in our life. It is better to have little with justice than lots with sin andfast empty wishes. Who has the domain of his body has joy, because he can dominate himself. God uses various means to take us on His paths.
When we are united to the Lord, the suffering is converted into joy. He always changes the nature of our sufferings.
Have the courage to stop everything that’s wrong in your life and learn to say ‘ yes ‘ to God. Almsgiving frees us from death and purifies us of all sins. With courage, we strive to overcome the evil in us.
Beginning this week through to Holy Week, Catholicismanew will be offering one preacher a week from Canção Nova. This week we will read the words of Marcio Mendes. The next week we will read from Fr. Roger Araujo, the following week from Fr. Roger Luis, the next week from Luzia Santiago and the Fifth week of Lent from Monsignor Jonas Abib. Enjoy this special retreat series from Canção Nova
The meditated Word is in St Matthew 21:28-32: “But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard. And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went. And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not. “
If we can’t hear God, it is not because he won’t speak to us, but because we have muted our heart to hear him.The Lord tells us daily through our consciousness, of his word and of the people, to be on the lookout for His voice.
A person full of the Holy Spirit receives the anointing to transform his or her consciousness to the voice of the Lord. Our consciousness is the presence of God directing us not to take hasty attitudes. The Lord always tells us which way to go. When things do not work out, realize that he is telling us: “don’t go there. Stop! Come back! Let me guide you. “
Sensitivity to understand the will of God
Understand the Father’s hand guiding us on so many facts that happen to us and change our decision. God moves us to your attention when he speaks to us through the events of our lives. Our agitation and our occupations bury the voice of God which directs us. Who listens to his voice and obeys enters Heaven. It is possible to live heaven on Earth, because the presence of the Lord anticipates his Kingdom for us.
The sinner walks with remorse and lives in irritability all the time. The person who fights against God becomes unbearable to him or herself. Whoever is running away from their sufferings and does the opposite of what he says, will find much greater suffering.
Happiness is to fulfill the will of God
The Lord directs us not to make us unhappy, but because he wants the best for us. The child, when does not conform, suffers needlessly. The will of the Lord is a solid rock, in which he will strengthen all of our house. Whoever obeys God loves his family and avoids the reason to run away from his home.
Obey God when we seek Him in prayer and He will purify our our ears to hear him. No matter what our sins, the Lord has the power to remake our history.
Long ago, God has shown us the direction. Don’t be afraid to follow the paths that he shows us, but have the courage to obey his voice. If we unite the will of the Lord in all situations, we will experience Heaven.