Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The secret: Love

"It is in the simplicity of your ordinary work, in the monotonous details of each day, that you have to find the secret, which is hidden from so many, of something great and new: Love." (Saint Josemaría)

Monday, 21 April 2014

Jesus is the Emmanuel: God with us

His resurrection shows us that God does not abandon his own. He promised he would not: “Can a woman forget her baby that is still unweaned, pity no longer the son she bore in her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” And he has kept his promise. His delight is still to be with the sons of men. (Christ is passing by, 102)


Saturday, 19 April 2014

O mandamento do Amor, o mandamento novo: não por palavras, mas por obras!

Deus é Amor
Para Lhe provares o amor,
ama o próximo, mais do que a ti mesmo,
não por palavras,
mas compadecendo-te, suportando, ajudando.

E eu, permanecerei inactivo?
olhando simplesmente o Crucifixo,
mas permanecendo indiferente e “gelado”?
Qual o impacto que o Teu amor tem na minha vida concreta?
Senhor, a esta pergunta só pode responder a minha vida,
não as minhas palavras…


Easter week

Perfect for Easter Week: Walking Children Through Holy Week by Wendy -- broken down into each day.

Holy week


Caritas - Our mission: Toward a civilization of love

Caritas shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world.
Faith in action
We are inspired by the Gospels, by the teachings of the Catholic Church and by the hopes of people living in poverty. We encourage everyone to respond to humanitarian disasters, to promote integral human development and to advocate on the causes of poverty and violence. We animate Catholic communities and all people of good will in solidarity with the suffering of their brothers and sisters around the world.
Emergency response
Caritas responds practically to humanitarian crises such as natural disasters, conflict and the effects of climate change. We save lives, relieve suffering and help rebuild livelihoods and communities in the longer-term. This allows women and men in the poorest and most vulnerable communities to survive and recover from crises and to live in a safe and secure environment.
Transforming lives
Caritas promotes integral human development so that people in the worst off and most disadvantaged communities are free to flourish and live in peace and dignity. We work to ensure that our natural environment is managed responsibly and sustainably in the interests of the entire human family.
Calling for a better world
Caritas seeks a world where the voices of the poor are heard and acted upon. This is a world where women and men in the poorest and most disadvantaged communities are able to influence the systems, decisions and resources that affect them. They can then live under governments, institutions and global structures that are just and accountable.


18/4/2014 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): He chooses the way of the Cross

It is not easy to follow Jesus closely, because the path he chooses is the way of the Cross.

Pope Francis ()

Friday, 18 April 2014

Que vos estimeis, que vos ajudeis

Com quanta insistência o Apóstolo S. João pregava o "mandatum novum"! "Amai-vos uns aos outros!". Pôr-me-ia de joelhos, sem fazer teatro – grita-mo o coração –, para vos pedir, por amor de Deus, que vos estimeis, que vos ajudeis, que vos deis a mão, que vos saibais perdoar. Portanto, vamos banir a soberba, ser compassivos, ter caridade; prestar-nos mutuamente o auxílio da oração e da amizade sincera.


Holy Father, we bring you letters from the elderly and orphans

After the general audience on April 16, a group of university students from UNIV presented Pope Francis with hundreds of letters written by elderly people and orphans from all over the world.
From Opus Dei
Opus Dei - "Holy Father, we bring you letters from the elderly and orphans"
This morning in Rome, the 3,000 young people taking part in the 47th UNIV Forum attended Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
At the end, the Holy Father greeted the students from the UNIV Forum, organized by the Prelature of Opus Dei.
During his audience the Pope said: “This week, it will do us all good to look to the Crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus, kissing the Crucifix. He has taken upon himself the whole of human suffering. Looking at Jesus in his Passion, we see as in a mirror also the suffering of all humanity and find the divine answer to the mystery of evil, of suffering, of death . . . It is a deep wound for us to see suffering and death, especially that of the innocent! When we see children suffering, it is a wound in the heart. It is the mystery of evil, and Jesus takes all this evil, all this suffering, upon himself.”
Afterwards, a group of university students from UNIV presented Pope Francis with hundreds of letters written by elderly people and orphans from all over the world. The students were given rosaries and crucifixes blessed by the Pope to give the letter writers when they return to their home countries.
Some of the letters presented to Pope Francis 
Some of the letters presented to Pope Francis
St. Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, used to tell young people that humanitarian aid “can never replace the effective tenderness of direct, personal contact with our neighbor: with that poor person living in a nearby district; with that sick person suffering in an immense hospital; or with those who need a bit of affectionate conversation, a Christian friendship to overcome their solitude, spiritual support to remedy their doubt and skepticism.”
Therefore the founder encouraged young people to take part in visits to the needy, to help foster in them, on seeing the suffering of others, “a heart of justice and charity.”
The letters presented to the Pope are the result of some of these visits to the needy by young people from India, the United States, Australia, Canada, Kenya, China, etc. Others are from Jerusalem, written in Arabic or French by elderly people and invalids who reside in the “Home Notre Dame des Doleurs” and who are joyfully awaiting Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land.
Many of the correspondents appeal to the Pope to pray for peace and unity in the world. Gloria Herráiz, 88 years old, who lives in a home for the elderly in Cuenca, Spain, sends greetings on behalf of all her co-residents. Adelina, 87 years old, thanks the Pope for the “affection with which people care for us in this residence” and “the close attention you pay to the elderly.”
The letters delivered to the Pope include forty from an orphanage in Colombia. The colorful envelope from little Valentina Carillo is addressed: “with love and affection from Colombia.” While Pedro José writes: “Sir Pope. I’d like to ask you to come to Colombia.”
The theme of UNIV Forum 2014 is “The ecology of the person and the human environment.” It is inspired by Pope Francis’ words on human ecology, which requires a “serious commitment to respect and care for creation, to pay attention to every person, to combat the culture of waste and disposal so as to foster a culture of solidarity and encounter” (Pope Francis, 5 June 2013).
“Solutions to ecological problems can only be founded on moral ecology”(Interview with Oskari Juurikkala, president of UNIV Forum 2014)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday: Pope Francis at the service of the aged and disabled

For the second year in a row Pope Francis has chosen to celebrate the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper among people often pushed to the margins of society. He will once again visit the Don Gnocchi centre in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area, close to the Youth Detention Center where the Pope celebrated Mass among young prison inmates last year. This year he will be visiting a sister center for the elderly and disabled.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

10/4/2014 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): Jesus teaches us to not be ashamed of touching human misery

Jesus teaches us to not be ashamed of touching human misery, of touching his flesh in our brothers and sisters who suffer. (EG 270)

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8/4/2014 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit

We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm our hearts.

Pope Francis ()

11/4/2014 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): Only God can transform doubts into certainty, evil into good, night into radiant dawn

Only trust in God can transform doubts into certainty, evil into good, night into radiant dawn.

Pope Francis ()

14/4/2014 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): Holy Week is a good occasion to take up the right path again

Holy Week is a good occasion to go to confession and to take up the right path again.

Pope Francis ()

15/4/2014 Pope Francis (@Pontifex): encounter with Jesus

Each encounter with Jesus changes our life.

Pope Francis ()

Entregar tudo a Deus ajuda-me a ver melhor

a Verdade, a realidade, é o Amor,
porque a realidade é Cristo.
Senhor, dai-me um coração
que saiba entregar-Te sempre todas as minhas preocupações,
medos, sofrimentos,
confiante de que em tudo Tu me guiarás
pelos Teus caminhos.
Desejo entregar-me a Ti Senhor,
para que operes em mim
e eu possa, depois, derramar a Tua beleza, alegria e Amor
sobre os meus irmãos.