"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you." Jesus (John, 15:7)
In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus explains to His followers, the necessity for the complete observance of the Fathers' designs.
The Master knew, that human will is still quite fragile and that numerous battles encircle the human being until he learns to establish a union with the Divine.
In spite of this, the lesson of the prayer was always interpreted, by the vast majority of believers, to be an easy recourse for obtaining celestial protection.
There are many who request special concessions and mechanically recite verbal formulas. Logically, they cannot receive immediate satisfaction to their personal whims because in the state of weakness and of ignorance the spirit requires, prior to anything else, to learn to submit to the Divine Designs concerning himself.
In any event, we will achieve the moment when our prayers are integrally fulfilled. We will accomplish this when we are, actually, spiritually in tune with the Christ. At that point, whenever we so desire, it shall be done; because, we will have penetrated the just reason for each thing and the finality of each circumstance. We will be capable of wishing for and requesting in tune with Jesus, and life will present itself in its genuine infinite, eternal, renovating and beautiful characteristics.
Whether incarnate or as discarnates, we are still walking toward the Master, intent on being able to experience the glorious union with His love. Until we get there, let us work and be vigilant, in order to understand the Divine Will.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 59.
"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." Paul (II Corinthians, 9:7)
When the affirmation given by Paul was divulged, informing that God loves a cheerful giver, many people solely remembered the material charity.
Praise, however, was not only circumscribed to generous hands that distribute small donations of goodness to the needy and to those in pain.
Naturally, all these demonstrations of love are recognized as divine, but we should note that the verb "to contribute," referred to in the current lesson, appears in all its grandeur.
Cooperation in righteousness is a palpitating matter everyday and everywhere. Any individual is capable of supplying it. It is not only the beggar who waits for it, but also, the cradle where all experience is renewed, the family in which we purify our virtuous accomplishments, our neighbor, our brother in humanity, and the workplace which signals our own individual achievements in our daily efforts.
At the moment of nocturnal rest, each heart can question itself regarding the quality of the collaboration in service, in the conversations, in the affectionate relationships and in this or that preoccupation of everyday life.
Let us be cautious of sadness and sterilizing shadows. Ill will, complaints, dissatisfaction, and frivolities, are not integrated in the kind of labor that the Father expects from our activities in the world. Let us mobilize our resources optimistically, not forgetting that the Father loves the child that contributes with happiness.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 58.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Paul (Colossians, 3:25)
The understanding of service to Jesus, among human beings will in the future reach greater depths for the glorification of the One who watches over us closely, and who has done so since the very first day, illuminating our path with the Divine Light.
If each educated person could ask himself regarding the essential reason for his activities here on Earth, he would always find in his inner sanctuary vast horizons of deductions of infinite value.
For whom has he worked in this century?
To whom has he offered the fruits of his everyday work?
We do not wish to detract from the respectable position of the countries, of the organizations, of the family, or of the personality; however, we cannot fail to observe their expression of relativity in time. In the course of the years, frontiers are modified, laws evolve, the domestic group is renewed and mankind progresses toward more elevated destinies.
Everything that represents effort on the part of man was accomplished through his own initiative in the field of permanent work for Jesus Christ. Whatever we have realized through the centuries constitutes a benefit or an offence to ourselves in the labors that belong to the Lord, and not to us individually. Legislators and governors depart in time with their own individual baggage, and Jesus remains, in order to evaluate the advantage or disadvantage of the collaboration of each one of us in the Divine Service of evolvement and enlightenment.
Administration and obedience, the responsibility of tracing and following, are only subdivisions of the concession conferred by the Lord to the followers.
Dignified work is a saintly opportunity. Within the circle of service, the attitude of each human being will either honor or dishonor his eternal personality, in the presence of Jesus Christ.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 57.
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty." Paul (Philippians, 4:12)
In each social community there are numerous people that are overly preoccupied with their individual success, anxiously awaiting the opportunity for recognition. They are precisely the ones who do not maintain these distinguished positions for long, when invited to the most prestigious posts in the world, disastrously ruining the opportunity of elevation that life has conferred to them.
Those who have learned to live in poverty are usually the ones who know how to manage their material resources more effectively.
For this reason, accumulated treasures in the hands of he who did not work for it, often is the cause of crimes, separatism and confusion.
Honest hard working parents shall create in the minds of their sons a mentality of personal effort and affective cooperation; while, the selfish and uncaring parents will foster uselessness and laziness in their descendants.
The lesson given by Paul of Tarsus in the church of the Philippians refers to the precious and indispensable lesson on the path with regards to equilibrium, demonstrating the need of the disciple regarding the value of poverty and of good fortune, of scarcity and of abundance.
The success and failure are two distinct cups filled with diverse elements that serve the same sublime finality. Human ignorance, however, finds in the first, the liquor of intoxication, and in the second, it identifies the bile for desperation. This is precisely the point where the profound error lies, because the wise person will extract from happiness and pain, from abundance or from scarcity, the Divine contents.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 56.
"For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Paul (Romans 1:20)
The spectacle of the Creation of the Universe is the most outstanding of all the manifestations against negative materialism, son of ignorance or insensitivity.
The created objects more justly address the invisible nature.
Where could you find activity that unfolds without reason?
Every intelligent form was born of an intelligent source.
Mankind only knows the causes of his transitory achievements, ignoring all of the complex motives of each angle in the road. The exterior landscape that affects the senses is a minuscule part of the Divine Creations that sustains his habitat, conditioned to his possibilities of benefiting. The human eyes will not perceive farther then the limits of their capacity of resistance. The human being will live among the beings that he requires in his task of evolvement. He will have the adequate environment required for his needs of improvement and progress; but, let no one presume that the vital experience of the sphere in which he breaths is what his mortal fingers are capable of touching.
The visible objects in the area of illusionary forms are brief and transitory, resulting from the invisible forces of the eternal plane.
Fulfill the obligations that correspond to you and you will receive the proper rights that await you. Fulfill your daily obligations correctly, and you will not be required to repeat the same experience tomorrow.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 55.