Defeating Vices

The closer we are to Jesus, the farther we are from problems!

Source: Reflection of Good Will, June 2017.

We learn from an early age how unfortunate the destiny that drugs and alcohol introduce people to is. They not only ruin the life of the user, but of the whole family. The illusory sensation of well-being and euphoria becomes tragically evident through the progressive degradation of the Soul and body of those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The lamentable consequences leap in front of our eyes. Look at how many road traffic victims, the unhappiness in the bosom of households, and the high costs it imposes on healthcare systems. Just to mention alcohol, according to the Brazilian Health Ministry, 10 to 15 percent of the world’s population is considered dependent.


Pari passu with public policies and medical care for users in their struggle against chemical dependence, one cannot ignore due valorization of families. This is where we find the solution to many of the current problems afflicting Humanity.

In demonstrations and pamphlet campaigns, in conferences, on the radio and on TV, we advise parents and legal guardians to pay constant attention to the daily lives of their children, to the friends they have, to their doubts, and to the places they go to. Besides all of this, what is also essential in a family dialogue is Ecumenical Spirituality.

Initiatives aimed at treating humanely those who have fallen into these traps of addiction or which focus on preventing such ills deserve all our support and incentives. Fighting what is bad for people is also legitimate help. Charity is not restricted to the very narrow meaning that some people want to sentence it to. It is the highest of politics. It enlightens the citizen’s Spirit. It foments people’s courage. Why lose hope? The first victim of despair is the person who is desperate.

Respect for Life


Henry Ford

Problems have a solution when human beings are really willing to solve them. It is a matter of respect for the divine privilege of existing. That is why this quote by Henry Ford (1863-1947), who once defined Goodwill as the greatest force in Life, fits like a glove: “Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.”

This is an indispensable consciousness for any activity. This same commitment is required from us in the fight against drugs, which afflict so many families, and in the proper rehabilitation of drug users. Crack, alcohol, and tobacco, just to name a few, are therefore a lamentable Armageddon to be overcome.

Shielding the Soul

Bezerra de Menezes

The illustrious Spirit, Dr. Adolfo Bezerra de Menezes Cavalcanti (1831-1900), who was mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro at the time of the Empire period in Brazil, in a message channeled by the medium Chico Periotto, emphasized this topic. I would like to ask you to pay close attention to his words: “Don’t let human vices affect your Spirits or your families, especially those vices that are widely publicized in the media—from a simple, apparently harmless, cigarette to drugs and alcoholic drinks. Shield, shield your Souls. The body, the physical vessel that all of us have received in this present incarnation, is an instrument borrowed from God.”

Jesus, the Devoted Shepherd, does not abandon anyone

Tela: James Tissot (1836-1902)


Jesus, the Devoted Shepherd, takes care of the sheep with His own life and educates them with the Knowledge that goes beyond knowledge for all Eternity. In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, which is found in His Holy Gospel according to Luke 15:4-7, the Divine Master confirms His inestimable dedication to the Children of the Exalted Father:

“4 Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

“5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders

“6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me. I have found my lost sheep.’

“7 I tell you in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Tela: Charles Bosseron Chambers (1882-1964)


It is imperative that we do not give up on those we love; even those who, for whatever reason, we stopped loving or never loved. In fact, we should never forsake the human being, because, deep down, we are part of God’s Great Family. Let us learn from Jesus, who is the Great Friend who never abandons a friend along the way. He therefore goes to look for the lost sheep wherever it may be.

Close to Jesus, far from problems.

I always say to the youth in the Legion of Good Will: The closer we are to Jesus, the farther we are from problems!

In the Gospel of the Ecumenical Christ, the Divine Statesman, we find excellent guidelines on the ideal behavior for living in society, having common sense as our bedrock for all occasions.

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.”