Overcoming Difficulties

“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”  
Jesus (Matthew 4:4)

In His Ecumenical Prayer—the Lord’s Prayer—Christ talks about our daily bread, that is, above all, the transubstantial bread, food that does not perish, food for the Spirit. Once we have nourished our Souls, we must seek the nourishment for our bodies through our own efforts, never forgetting, however, to help others in need to move forward along more luminous paths. Living the Charity of God represents one of the reasons why communities exist on Earth. As I wrote in my book Jesus, o Profeta Divino [Jesus, the Divine Prophet] (2011), despite how bad the world situation is, we must not lose Hope. With Hope in our hearts, we must be prepared to overcome any and every difficulty.

Tela: James Tissot (1836-1902)


Nourishing the Power of Hope and of Accomplishing Faith

In the face of a variety of situations, in which pain, anguish, and despair often come without warning, it is vital that creatures act with Solidarity and provide spiritual and material help for their fellow beings. In addition to this immediate support, we need to nourish the power of Hope and of Accomplishing Faith, which move human beings to remain under the protection of the Heavenly Father and encourage them to roll up their sleeves and make their most righteous pleas come true.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”