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Apr 242017
 

Father Roger Luis – Photo: Daniel Mafra/cancaonova.com

The purpose of this meeting is to be ‘ Jovems Sarados [Youth healed] with your feet here on Earth, but with your eyes to Heaven; also because the coming of the Lord is imminent.

The Church calls us to account, she invites us to live with the experience of determination that we wait the coming of the Lord, and we hope on this great day he will come to those who walk in His presence, that fall, but rise again. This will not be a day of horror or sadness, but of jubilation and joy.

We need to look at the early Church, that of the first century, in order to learn how to live in the 21st century. How were the Christians of the first century, the Church which was born and lived with the Lord? They lived every day as if He was coming back that day in an eschatological tension.

Kingdom of the world VS Kingdom of heaven

When we find Him, He starts within us a clash of kingdoms. The kingdoms of this world, against Kingdom of Heaven. When we meet Jesus, the Kingdom of God needs to take up the space in our hearts, which often was given to the kingdoms of this world. We will live this conflict until the last of our days.

In Canção Nova, starting with the community’s founder, Monsignor Jonas Abib, we declare a war: the system in the world against the system of God.

Pope Francis, in Paraguay, said this: “… That’s what the world needs, young people with hope and strong of spirit; youth not weaklings, neither yes, nor no (undecided). We don’t want young people who tire quickly or those who are bored “.

Watch and pray is the call of the Church. I don’t know if He  will come in our generation, but I live and need to live as if Jesus came back today. We need to watch our senses, our relations, what kind of friends we are seeking.

Young people be healed, be honest with God. Look at the commitment that you have made with him. We believe in you, we believe you are a testament to the young people of the 21st century.

Fr. Roger Luis

See an excerpt of preaching in its original Portuguese:

Mar 042014
 

Liliane Borges
Canção Nova News with Vatican Radio

Money Impedes many youth, says the Pope. Photo L’Observatore Romano

The Pontiff, in the liturgy of the day, spoke of the figure of the youth that presented himself to Jesus and asked Him what was necessary to be perfect and he is given the proposal to sell all, to give to the poor and to be disciples. Therefore, the youth became sad because he had many goods, explained the Pope. 

“His heart restless, because of the Holy Spirit, that impels him to draw close to Jesus and follow Him, was with a full heart, and he did not have the courage to empty it. He made a choice, money. He was a good man, never robbed, never! Never betrayed anyone, he was honest with money. But his heart was imprisoned there, he was attached to money and did not have the freedom to choose. Money chose him!” the Pope emphasized. 

Francis affirmed that in our days many youth are called to follow Jesus, but do not have the courage to leave all to follow Him. The joy, explains the Pope that at the beginning impelled him to draw close to Jesus, becomes sadness, for there is something that paralyzes and does not allow one to follow the Master. 

“We should pray in order that these youth can be emptied, emptied of other interests, other loves in order that they may be free. And this is the pray for vocations: “Lord send sisters, send priests and defend us from idolatry, from the idolatry of vanity, of pride, of the idolatry of power and of money,” taught Francis. 

Finally, the Pope asked for prayers for vocations, in the way that the “Lord can enter into our hearts and equip them with the undivided joy of those that follow Jesus closely.” 

 

Portuguese Version

 

Jul 262012
 
Santa Missa // Dom Antônio

Photo: Natalino Ueda/cancaonova.com

We just listened to the world of God and it reveals a pain in the heart of God. I would like to begin my homily by referring to this:

“Woe to the shepherds that allow the loss and scattering of the flock of my pasture, says the Lord” (Jr 23:1)

Given in the heart of God, when, those that have the duty of being pastors, do not drive the flock; overall, when it is young. These pastors omit the truth, feed doubts, do not act in conforming to the will of the Lord, because they do not want to commit to the truth.

All of us that, in a certain form, exercise authority over the youth – parents, professors, politicians, priests and bishops -, we need to ask pardon to you for the moments that we were not good pastors.

Better still that we are here at PHN, in the moment of rebeginning. Today is, therefore, the day to make a decision, and this is to want to say to cut off all that does not bring us to the Lord, that we may walk the path to Him and also to allow ourselves to be guided by good shepherds.

Christianity is not a religion of persuasion, but of the greatness of life, of noble values and immense ideas. Therefore, we need to pray for shepherds, so that they show us the roads of true life, which we have the right to now and to live.

Jesus in the Gospel, speaks of rest (cf Mk 6:30-34). The Word of God says that the disciples do not have even time to eat, for they were good shepherds, giving themselves integrally, to the mission entrusted to them. Therefore, Jesus, who was the Good Shepherd of the body and of the soul, lead them to rest, teaching them to rest and have fun.

One interesting detail is that the false shepherds, present in the real world, seek to teach us that, to have fun we need to live some words as enjoy, to have fun, to ready ourselves, etc. However, Jesus, the Good Shepherd teaches us that to rest we need to love, to give of ourselves, to give our life for something worth it.

Also the false shepherds teach us that we need to drink, to have sex, to have things. But the Lord, teaches us the following vergs: “to be”, “to convert” remaining in God.

Finally, the bad shepherd present the verbs: to lie, to argue, to pretend, to flee from God, from truth and from the good. Already the Good Shepherd, teaches to follow. These are the verbs of the good and of the bad shepherd.

“Young Person, The Lord hopes that you may be a good shepherd.” affirms Bishop Antônio Augusto

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The encounter with the Good shepherd, changes the history of men, I present as an example St. Augustine, he was a lost youth, he lived far from God, only he wanted to put into practice the verbs of the world, but, he countered a good shepherd: St. Ambrose, bishop who bit by bit, showed him the way of truth, teaching him to conjugate the correct verbs. Augustine transformed his life because of the encounter with this shepherd; but this was not enough, he became a good shepherd himself.

Young people, not only the bishops, priests, parents, professors, need to be good shepherds, but also you are called to be good shepherds to each other.

Today’s gospel teaches us of the Good Shepherd that knows to bring rest to the body and to the soul. You should leave here praying for the bad shepherds also you should be good shepherds for your friends.

In the year that comes, we are going to have the World Youth Day (WYD) in the city of Rio de Janeiro. From there, we need to want to be there to have an encounter with our good shepherd Pope Benedict XVI; principally to have an encounter with Jesus, From this way, PHN, in the year that is coming needs to have many more youth and  this depends on  you. Just go behind the sheep, that are your friends that are distant, for many will be able to be here, because you were a good shepherd for them.

Therefore, be a good shepherd en your house, in your work, in the university, know and teach people to conjugate, correctly, the verbs conforming to the teaching of the Lord.

Young people, God counts on you and waits. He is the model of how to be a good shepherd.

Courage, leave here teaching the world the verbs to love, to forgive, to give and to remain.  In order that, from your life many will encounter the road to a full life in the following of Jesus.

God bless you,

Bishop Antonio Augusto

translated from Portuguese

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