Cutlery and Spirit

“Goodwill to Change Habits.” This was the theme of the LGW’s 8th International Forum of the Little Soldiers of God, held on Saturday 3/26.

8th International Forum of the Little Soldiers of God

I bring to you parts of my impromptu speech to these children at the closing of the Forum:

What a pleasure it is to be with you today. I want to emphasize a fact that most already know: it is the children who direct this event. Of course, with the support and experience of the adults. But it is they who choose the themes and so many activities, which confirm the richness of a forum born and developed by them.

Celestial Citizens


Changing habits. How? What is fundamental? Many people have stopped eating with their hands and begun using cutlery. The habits of these people have changed. But is that change enough? Who are we? Spirit, above all else, Spirit, and transitorily in body! It is from this point that we must ratiocinate. Hence my concern in speaking so much about citizenship of the Spirit. I deal with that subject in my book É urgente reeducar! [It Is Urgent to Re-educate!]. Because if we do not know our origin, all our actions could be mistaken. And they will result in mistakes over mistakes.

Tela: Jacques L. David (1748-1825)

Napoleon Bonaparte

How about if we spiritually evaluate situations in order to take new steps with success? With this knowledge we can make changes as never before. If we are Spirit first, then we are consequently governed by laws that are above the most significant legal constructions on the planet Earth. Why?! The Code of Hammurabi, the Roman Law, the reform of the Civil Code undertaken by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), all are of supreme value. But they are limited to terrestrial knowledge. Moreover, we are Celestial Citizens before being citizens of countries. We must derive from the existence of the Spirit, which is eternal. Therefore, we need to discover how it works.

Incommensurable Wealth

Science, or better, some scientists are distanced from this concept because they deny the existence of Life beyond Life and before the material life. And what do they do with this dogmatic act? They close the door to themselves to wide fields. They do not access the incommensurable wealth opened to our Souls, which is waiting for us to be really free men and women, capable of facing the established facts as infallible. Nothing can be considered unalterable when Science is the daily discovery of new knowledge and unknown worlds.

How many things announced today as immutable truths cease to be so half an hour later? Who says that you children do not understand that? I am speaking to your Spirits, sometimes older than the Spirits of the adults, who are also of priceless value. For this reason I am interested in speaking to your Souls. So, if we are above all else Eternal Beings, we need to begin with the principle that government on Earth begins in Heaven.

I will return to the subject later.


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.”