September 11 today

More than a decade has passed since that fateful September 11, 2001. Since then, much has changed in people’s daily lives. Privacy, avis rarain a globalized world, has been practically banished from social relationships. Stricter laws have been implemented. When travelling on an airplane, for example, many items of personal use are now classified as possible lethal weapons. 

The attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, symbols of American economic and military power, represents a strong and clear sensation of insecurity.

The Home of all of us

John Kennedy

In "Jesus, o Profeta Divino" [Jesus, the Divine Prophet], which I launched during the 15th International Book Biennial in Rio de Janeiro in 2011, in the chapter "Planet Earth: everyone’s home" I transcribe an extract from the speech given by the President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) on June 10, 1963, in Washington/D.C., which is very opportune for everyone’s consideration: "(...) let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal (...)." 

Pari passu with this salutary invitation from Kennedy, it is essential, through prayer and meditation, to be largely in tune with the higher powers, which are always ready to inspire us through intuition on how to overcome the obstacles that life imposes.

How to win in adversity

Tela: Peter Paul Rubens

Peter

Also in "Jesus, the Divine Prophet", one of the best-selling books at the Rio de Janeiro Biennial Book Fair, I affirm that those who are with the Divine Master cannot be afraid, even in the worst moments of one’s existence. He gives us strength in His Gospel, in accordance with John 14:18 and Matthew 28:20, when he says: "I will not leave you as orphans, and I will be with you every day, until the end of the world." For these faithful followers the timely teaching of the Apostle Peter (First Epistle 2:15) on the origin of the true force and the genuine power: "(...) for this is the Heavenly Father’s will, that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish people." This is how Jesus behaved before those who opposed Him: in His firm way of acting, giving a constant testimony of the Divine Power, He never ceased to do Good, while preaching it wherever He went. That is, therefore, Who He is and why He is "the Faithful Witness, the First-born from the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the Earth, who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood (the examples)" (Apocalypse 1:5), showing us how to win in this world of adversities: by persevering in Him and the Father until the end and taking the celestial benefit to all creatures. For it is with this knowledge that society can definitively be improved whereas I have been saying for a long time that social reform comes through Spirituality.

To the victims of September 11, the Religion of God, the Religion of the Third Millennium, the Religion of Universal Love offers this fraternal tribute.

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.”