Safety in God

Source: A Goodwill Reflection taken from the book “Tesouros da Alma” [Treasures of the Soul] (2017). | Updated in August 2019.
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Rui Barbosa

Wherever and whenever we are with God we shall always be safe. The Heavenly Father is the Divine Feeling of Charity, which nourishes our existence. In his book Discurso no Colégio Anchieta [Speech at Colégio Anchieta] (1903), Rui Barbosa (1849-1923) wrote: “God is the need of needs. God is the inevitable key to the Universe. God is the unknown solution to great insoluble problems. God is the harmony among the disharmonies of creation.”

Lasting Peace

Tela: Carl Bloch (1834-1890)


It is crucial to emphasize the proposals and actions on behalf of real and fraternal understanding among nations; and a different route for them is going to be that of a bitter medicine. That is why we should never lose Hope in the face of suffering. We must carry on working “for a better world and a happier humanity,” as the late Alziro Zarur (1914-1979) proposed. This is the way to victory. This is not a simplistic argument, but the correct path towards lasting Peace. It was the example that Jesus, the Compass of our most legitimate Hope, offered us, as I state in my book Jesus, o Libertador Divino [Jesus, the Divine Liberator] (2007).

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.”