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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Blessing of a Meal

Johnny Silveira -
The Blessing of a Meal
One day during recess at school, Charlie was hanging out with his friend Oliver. Both had their  snacks in hand and were eating and talking. 
Then, a classmate settled down next to them. From time to time the boy looked at Charlie and Oliver with hungry eyes. He had nothing to eat and was starving. Oliver, who had barely begun to eat his sandwich, parted it in two and extended his hand, giving one half to his classmate: 
- Joe, I'm not hungry. Will you accept to share this sandwich with me? If I take it back home my Mom will be sad because she was the one who made it. 
With a shy smile, Joe gladly accepted: 
- Thank you, Oliver. It must be delicious! God bless you! 
And Joe quickly ate his half of the sandwich, thanked his friend again, and went to wash his hands in the water cooler feeling satisfied. 
Charlie, who watched Oliver’s attitude with astonishment, used the fact that Joe had walked away to reprimand his classmate: 
- Oliver, why did you share your meal with that kid? He did not bring his own snack and ate half of yours! I do not like people who take advantage of others! If he were hungry, why didn’t he bring a snack!... 
But Oliver heard Charlie’s harsh words, took a deep breath and replied: 
- Charlie, I know Joe. He is from a poor but very good family. He does not bring a meal because they have nothing at home, you know? So when that happens, I do not mind sharing my lunch with him. Before leaving home, I had a good breakfast so I will not miss half a sandwich, trust me. 
Upon hearing Oliver’s explanation, Charlie hung his head in shame for being so hard with a classmate who was poorer than him. Soon the bell rang and they returned to class but Charlie could not forget what Oliver had said; his friend's words were hammering in his head. 
After returning home, Charlie still could not forget what he had heard from his friend. He did not know that Joe was so poor and felt bad about the way he had behaved. 
He went to bed, closed his eyes but Joe's image appeared in front of him, making him remember one day when he brought two iron toy cars to school, those which are imported identical imitation models of real cars. He noted that Joe did not take his eyes off the toys, delighted. However, he would not even let Joe touch the cars. 
Now, lying there, he felt ashamed of his attitude. He cried for acting that way with Joe. And after he decided to change his attitude towards his friend, he finally fell asleep. 
The next day, Charlie woke up excited. He did not even need his mother to come wake him up. He showered, got dressed and sat down to have his first meal. He asked his mother to prepare an extra, really tasty, sandwich and two juices. 
She did as he asked and said: 
- Wow, honey! Looks like you woke up really hungry! 
- No, Mom. It is just to repair a mistake. I'll tell you later. Goodbye!... 
- Godspeed, darling! 
Arriving at the school, Charlie was beaming. Everyone noticed the difference in him without knowing why. Even their teacher noticed his good mood, because he was usually grumpy. 
During recess, he went out with his friend Oliver and called Joe to come along. They found a very quiet place under a tree. Charlie took one of the sandwiches and handed it to Joe, who was surprised with his classmate’s attitude. 
- Do not worry, Charlie. I'm not hungry, it’s ok. 
- I brought this sandwich for you, Joe. My mom made it and it must be very good. Try it! Ah! I also have juice for you! - Charlie replied with a smile. 
With his eyes wide open, Joe looked at the sandwich that was in one hand and the juice in the other, and his eyes sparkled with joy. Then, with a timid voice he asked: 
- Charlie, would you mind if I eat only half of the sandwich and drink only half the juice? 
- No, do whatever you want. I brought them for you!
- Oh, thank you. It’s just that I have a three year-old brother who stays at home and has nothing to eat; I would like to share my lunch with him today.
Charlie swallowed hard, wanting to cry as he heard Joe talk about his little brother, and said: 
- Do whatever you want with your snack. 
Then, remembering the toy cars that he had brought and were in his pocket, Charlie smiled and said: 
- So if you have a little brother, I have something that he will like! - he said as he pulled out the two toy cars from his pocket, still new and shiny, and gave them to his classmate, who could not believe such happiness. 
Joe stood up from where he was and jumped to hug
Charlie, thanking him for the gifts. He then explained, in tears: 
- I was sad because today is my brother’s birthday and I had nothing to give him. Now, I have a snack and I will even bring these toys for him as a gift from you, Charlie!... 
At that moment, Charlie understood why Jesus invites us, in His lessons, to do good to others. There is no greater joy than to feel useful to someone and receive their gratitude, which affects the heart of those who do good. 
Oliver, who watched Charlie, amazed by the change that had taken place in him, smiled, and Charlie noticed it. Then he said to his classmate: 
- Thanks to you, Oliver, today, I received my greatest lesson of the Gospel of Jesus. Thank you, friend!... 
(Psychographed by Celia X. de Camargo on 26/10/2015.)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Wind And The
Sheet Of Paper


A sheet of paper that someone had dropped was taken by the wind and arrived at the feet of little Sarah, who pick it up, surprised. It was a message.

Curious, as every child who is learning to read and write, Sarah tried to figure out what was written on it but she read a word she did not know and got curious. Arriving at the school, she asked her teacher:
- Teacher, what is devotion?

- Devotion, Sarah, means dedication, consecration to something or someone important. For example: There are people who are dedicated to their family, their work, their studies. Got it? - replied her teacher.

Sarah thought for a moment and smiled

- Well then, I am devoted to my doll Bela, since I love her and I dedicate all my time to her: I bathe her, change her clothes, feed her and take her for walks!

The teacher smiled and said:

- All right, Sarah. You demonstrate that you can take care of your doll. But devotion goes beyond it because it means a strong desire to help someone, even leaving aside their own interests to meet the needs of others. So devotion refers not to things, but to people. Get it?

The girl scratched her head and replied:

- Kind of.

- Well, I'll give you a more solid example. Jesus, in His passage on Earth, was the greatest example of devotion to the wellness of creatures by enlightening them, healing them and helping them in their needs.

- Ah! Now I understand, teacher.

The lesson continued but Sarah was thoughtful: - So I do not help anyone. At home, Mom does everything; My father works so that we will have a good life. What about me?...

After the lesson, the girl went home with that in mind. Upon arriving, she asked:

- Mom, do I help anyone?

Surprised at her daughter's question, who had never had this kind of doubt, she returned the question:

- Sarah, what do you think? Don't you take care of your kitten and your doggie?

The girl thought for a moment and then acknowledged:

- No. You are the one who takes care of them, mom. You put water in their bowls, gives them food and when they need it, bathe them - replied the girl, sad, recognizing that she did not help anyone, not even her own pets.

Seeing her upset, the mother came closer and embraced her fondly, suggesting:
- My dear, if you want to help, there's always time. Start with your pets. I assure you they will be very happy. But a warning! You will be responsible for taking care of them. If you don't, they will be thirsty, hungry and dirty. Do you understand?

- Yes, Mom. You can trust me!

And Sarah began to devote herself to her pets, caring and worrying about them. After a few days, if they saw her in the yard they would ran to her side, lovingly. And the girl started to feel happy because now they really liked her and missed her when she went to school, waiting for her at the gate.
Over time, Sarah noticed that she had started to be more concerned about others.

One day, she saw a dirty and ragged little boy sitting on the sidewalk. She felt the need to stop and talk to him. As there were some of the cookies she had brought as snack left, she approached him:

- Hello! Want a cookie?

The boy's eyes sparkled and he reached out his hand to accept it. Sarah gave him the cookie. Then, sitting next to him on the sidewalk, they began to talk. His name was Tony.

- Where do you live, Tony?
- I live in a poor neighborhood, far away from here. My parents work but they earn little and I have two more siblings. So, when necessity presses, I go to the streets asking people to help.

- Ah! So take these for them! - Sarah said, reaching into her backpack and handing him the remaining cookies.

She talked some more with Tony and they arranged to meet again the next day in the same place. After that she returned home.

Sarah told her mother what had happened, asking her to help that family in need, and said as her eyes welled up with tears:

- Mom! I never thought that there were people who did not have what to eat!

At night, lying in her bed before saying a prayer, Sarah told her mother:

- Mom, I now understand what devotion means. I feel love for my pets and also for people. Knowing that Tony and his siblings starve made my heart ache. I want to help them, but I can't do it alone.

- Do not worry, dear. I'll talk to your dad and we will see what we can do for this family, which you became so interested in.

So Sarah, who was tired, closed her eyes and said a prayer:

- Dear Jesus, You who have always loved and helped all creatures, please also help my friend Tony and his family who need it so much. Thank you. Good night.

And she fell asleep with a smile on her face, full of contentment.
(Psychographed by Celia X. de Camargo on 03/03/2014.)                               

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Child’s spirit education and its importance

Among the texts published on the subject, there are two which stand out - one from Allan Kardec, published in February 1864 the Spirit Magazine, entitled "First Moral Lessons for Childhood", and the other from Emmanuel, the constant of the cap XXXV of the work that bears his name, psychographed in 1938 by medium Chico Xavier.
It seems that in the midst spirits nobody has doubts about the importance of childhood’s education performed at home and supplemented at the spiritist institution. What it can be observed, with regard to the subject, is a kind of accommodation or indifference that causes both at home and in the Spiritual Center, the task is relegated to second place or even neglected.
The modern parents, spiritists or not, tend to adopt a strange and paradoxical procedure. Take their children to swimming, to ballet, to judo, the English class, the music academy, paid services and above the financial means of many parents, but they do not take them to childhood school education which the Spiritual Center and churches in general offer for free.
And likewise they do not lead to the spiritist house, they also forget that the home is the first school and within it, beyond education by example, the practice of Gospel at home is an important element, which many ignore by complete.
In addition, there are spiritists parents who want it but they do not find acceptability by their children involved with other subjects and interests.
Once, a lady asked to one well-known speaker to convince her young daughters to attend the Gospel at home that she and her husband remained at home, the couple performed the task alone and that there was no way to make them participate.
The speaker asked the youth why they did not participate. They said the reason was time: Sunday, 9 am, it was not a good time. At that time they would rather be in the city club with their friends. The speaker suggested so to do the meeting earlier: at 8, at 7, at 6 o’clock... The youth replied: "There's too early and we're still asleep." "How about then in the afternoon or evening?" And them: "It can’t be, because we already have committed these times."
It can be seen by the example above, what it is missing in many cases, is goodwill, understanding the importance of the task, aware that in life we can not only take care of the body - that is perishable and transitory - ignoring the needs of the soul - which is immortal and permanent.
In the text of Emmanuel reported, the spiritual benefactor says: "All social reforms needed in your times of spiritual indecision, must be carried out on the basis of the Gospel. How? - Be able to object to us. For education, we will reply". (Emmanuel, Chapter XXXV - Evangelical Education.)
Regarding Kardecian thinking, it is always good to remember what Allan Kardec wrote about teaching brought to Earth by Jesus.
Here it is: 
“It can be divided into five materials parts contained in the Gospels: the ordinary acts of life of Christ, the miracles, the predictions; the words that have been taken by the Church to ground its dogmas, and moral education. The first four have been the subject of controversy, the last, however, has kept up constantly unchallenged. Given this divine code, unbelief itself bows. It is the land where all faiths can get together, banner under which they can all put up, whatever their beliefs, because it has never constituted matters of religious disputes that always and everywhere originated dogmatic issues. Furthermore, if it is discussed, sects would be found their own condemnation, as in most, they cling more to the mystique than to the moral part, requiring reform to each one. For men in particular, that code is a rule of conduct that covers all circumstances of private life and public life, the basic principle of all social relations that are based on the most rigorous justice. And finally, and above all, the infallible roadmap for the coming happiness, a lifting of a tip of the veil that hides the afterlife." (The Gospel According to Spiritism, Introduction, I.) (We highlighted)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

What We Take From This Life

Seven year-old Henry had traveled with his parents over the weekend and on Monday as he arrived at school he noticed that his friends were sad. He looked for Olav, his best friend, but Olav was not in school. Then, he asked the teacher:
- What is happening here? Everyone looks different... with a sad face!
Gently, the teacher said:
- On Saturday, Henry, your friend Olav died. He climbed up a mango tree to pick up mangos and fell off, hitting his head on a rock and did not survive. We tried to warn your parents, aware of the friendship that you two have but you were traveling and we could not reach you.
Henry was very sad. Olav was his best friend. How would life without Olav be now? Who would he play with? Play ball, go for a walk? He began to cry missing his friend. The teacher, seeing that he could not study that day, sent him back home.
On the way home Henry was thinking of his friend. He remembered the time they spent together, the games, bike rides around the neighborhood and so many other things, He even remembered that they liked the same toys.
So Henry thought: If Olav is now living elsewhere in the Spiritual World, who knew if he, Henry, would not also go there?
Then he had an idea! He decided to get prepared for that day. Arriving his house, he told his mother what had happened to Olav. The mother consoled hem.
- You know, dear, that death does not exist and that all will continue to live on in another plane! So pray for your friend and one day you will be reunited.
Henry nodded, agreeing with his mother and went to his room.
He opened the closet and took an empty cardboard box he thought so beautiful that he kept it to use when needed. The time had come.
So Henry collected everything he liked most and put inside the box: a spinning-top with a drawstring, some special toy cars, a green transparent stone he found on a beach, some seashells of different shapes, two or three books of stories he liked to read from time to time and a beautiful blue pen that he go from grandma Beena. Ah! And the clothes he liked the most, which he had gootten from his mother.
Considering himself satisfied, he closed the box, tied it with a ribbon and pulling up a chair put it right on top of the wardrobe.
Two weeks later, he was doing his homework in the living room when his mother said:
- Henry, I was missing the new clothes I bought for you and I looked in your wardrobe. As it was all messed up, I tidied it up and foud this box up there! Your new outfit - the shorts and shirt I gave you - are inside this box! What does it mean, dear?
Then the boy said:
- Mom, as Olav suddenly went to the Spirit World, I decided to prepare myself properly by putting together al I would like to take if the same happened to me.
At that moment his mother was moves, understanding how the departure of his friend had impacted her still very young son.
She approached him, took him in her arms and embraced him with great love, them explained:
- My dear, I understand your desire to want to pack the things that you like in order to take them with you to the Spirit World, if you need to go back there. However, Henry, nothing can go along with you. All that is from Earth stays right here. We can only take with us the qualites we develop and the good we have done. Ultimately, all that belongs to the Spirit; nothing used for the material body. get it?
- Ah! I thought that I could tahe with me all that is mine, Mom!
- No dear. We wii just take the things of the soul. Therefore it is necessary to learn to be good, fraternal, to forgive offenses, develop patience, tolerance and more.
Henry thought for a moment and said smiling:
- So, Olav should be just fine. He never offense at our friends' pranks, he helped everyone and was always smiling. I thought he would be missing "his stuff", but O guess not. Olav really took what he needed... The treasures of the Spirit!
The mother hugged her son and smiled again:
- Do not worry so much about your friend, but he will have the opportunity to meet them again. As for material things, we cannot take them with us, bus we can use our thoughts to create the toys or clothing that we like very much.
Relieved by his mother's explanations, Henry said a prayer with great emotion to his departed friend, who, unbeknownst to him, was present and happily smiling to see that he hat not been forgotten by Henry.
The spiritual ties between the two for sure would strengthen over time, and Olav, now an inhabitant of the True Life, as he leaned and progressed, could become Henry's Spirit Protector.
(Psychographed by Celia X. de Camargo on 15/04/2013.)
Johnny Silveira -
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