Faithful Companion

Source: GOOD WILL magazine, issue number 193, September 2004.

Master Pain is the faithful adviser who speaks to those who know how to learn the lesson that a distracted existence cannot offer because it ignores it.

However, the outstretched hand of the Divine God always appears on the horizon of bitterness, constantly prepared to raise up the fallen who beg Him for help. At this moment, the creature finds his/her Creator, if he/she so wishes, according to the inviolable free will. Spirit and Matter interact, and the unattainable solution proves to be feasible for those who have Accomplishing Faith. Why Accomplishing Faith?! Because it is not enough to have Faith. One needs to transform it into a concrete action that benefits the individual and the collective. This is called Solidarity.

It is very pertinent to mention the enriching quote found at the beginning of Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) book On Christian Liberty, translated into Portuguese by Professor Leônidas Boutin, with the support of the Reverend Pastors Heinz Soboll and Richard Wengan, from the Evangelical Community Church of Curitiba, Brazil, in 1958. I opportunely included it in one of the pages of my work Reflexões da Alma [Reflections of the Soul] (2003), with the following comment: One of the biggest questions put by most of those who desire spiritual salvation is: “What pleases God most?” The Great Reformer, Martin Luther, has the answer, as quoted by Professor Leônidas Boutin: “To have true and unshakable Faith in the Word of God, which is found in the Holy Scriptures. And whoever has true Faith must do Good Deeds, that is, love their fellow beings, for it is impossible to have Faith without practicing Good Deeds, which are the natural and inevitable results of it.”

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.”