Since the beginning of last week, Moysés Azevedo, the founder of Shalom Catholic Community, has been preaching to the participants of Shalom’s Annual General Meeting. The days have been spent in prayer and silence, which seeks to encourage reflection and dialogue with God. In one of his lectures, he discussed about the “seven evils”, that according to the Pope, man is at risk of falling. They are : laziness, fascination for provisional, corruption, worldliness, careerism, immobility and Pelagianism ( defends that the man is totally responsible for their own salvation and do not need the grace of God).
Moysés also proposed conscience examination and trust in God’s Mercy as way of living, according to him “the transformation that the Community, Church and World need happens initially in the person itself, when one assumes the truth and accepts the Divine Mercy”.
Moysés quoted Saint Francis of Assisi : “Let us begin again, brothers. For until now we have done little or nothing.”. We need, said Moysés, to have this healthy desire. The greatest instrument of renewal within the Church, has always been a life that let itself be transformed ” and added:
“Before we ask God what he wants from us , before we hear him, or allow him to lead us, it is important to ask God to tell us what to do in each one of us! We need evangelical courage to listen God speaking to me, for the change has to happen within me. If this [renovation] does not start hitting our life becomes unfruitful. For our good and the good of our community, let us allow God take the log out of our eye. I conclude with an appeal: trust in God’s mercy and hope. because he will surprise us “
Missionary of Shalom Catholic Community