Overcoming Crises

There is only one solution to difficulties: to overcome them exceptionally. What makes us winners or defeated is our state of spirit. How many jails and how much torture the followers of Jesus were subjected to, particularly in the early days of Christianity! . . . However, they became stronger and stronger, with some exceptions, of course.

Tela: Pedro de Orrente (1580-1645)


Reprodução BV

History records that Benito Juárez (1806-1872), one of the central figures in the efforts to unify Mexico, fought to integrate the indigenous and mixed-race population into national life as well as defended the interests of the poor. In order to motivate the people against the French troops of Napoleon III (1808-1873)—which had been sent to support the monarch of the second Mexican Empire, Maximilian I (1832-1867)—that intended to dominate the country in its entirety, Benito, who was to become the first indigenous person to rule the nation, declared: “Because of our stubbornness in not letting ourselves be subjugated, they fight without a future, without any hope of winning . . . Those who do not expect to win are already defeated.”

Dr. Bezerra de Menezes 

Here is another timely reflection by the respected Brazilian physician and politician Dr. Adolfo Bezerra de Menezes Cavalcanti (Spirit): The granaries of those of Good Will are fully supplied by a process of intimate connection with the Creator, particularly through Prayer and Vigilance. Therefore, there is no doubt that the more we proclaim the Kingdom of God, the more the silos of Eternity will come to the aid the incarnate Spirits. The Law of Cause and Effect is always fully active, despite human distractions with regard to the Perfect Justice of Divine Laws. Let us constantly think about God’s Strategy for our lives. Every effort we make is certainly useful in our fight for victory.

Exactly, Dr. Bezerra! I fully agree with the distinguished Spiritual Benefactor, who until today is affectionately called “the Doctor of the Poor.”

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.”