A Gift from Dona Lucilia

A Message from one of our Book Study Participants Salve Maria! It is with a lot of  joy that I will now tell you about a great gift that I received through the hands of Dona Lucilia on the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. We have the grace of having a daughter in the II Order of the Heralds, and  and it was she who called us one day to invite us to a meeting of  parents that would happen in May, but because our financial situation…

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“I decided to implore Dona Lucilia’s intercession”

Problems that arise in a friendship, sudden illnesses, difficulties in paying the rent… Various favours have been obtained through the intercession of Dona Lucilia, a loving mother who does not abandon those who turn to her in their daily lives. During her earthly life, Dona Lucilia always showed compassion for her neighbour by earnestly seeking to resolve the problems of anyone who turned to her. Today, from eternity, she continues to be a tireless protector of those most in need of help.One only needs to place a problem in…

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Preparing the children for First Holy Communion – November 19, 1917

Mama was the Beacon Preparing the children for First Holy Communion The years were passing by, the children were maturing, and it was almost time for them to make their First Holy Communion. The atmosphere of authentic piety and ardent faith that Dona Lucilia created at home was the best preparation that there could be. Her overflowing kindness helped the youngsters understand that Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who had shed all of His Precious Blood for the salvation of souls, loved them infinitely more than even their own…

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Week 26

Chapter 10, Part 1: Pages 384 - 399 Our Preparation for the Tempest: 3 Questions to Ponder https://youtu.be/coPzjv4tq-0 Week 26 Questions Question 1 How very prophetic Dr. Plinio’s words in the 1920 letter to his friend are. Ten years before its outbreak, he talks of the inevitability of a world war in which the “putrefaction” of the “sad twentieth century” will reach its climax. He foresees the rising of the worst elements in society and the persecution of the Church. What Dr. Plinio calls the ‘sad twentieth century” is a…

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Week 25

Chapter 9: Pages 371 – 383 7 Suave and Subtle Counter-Revolutionary Responses https://youtu.be/e7D-mjMUKqEWeek 25 QuestionsQuestion 1Dr. Plinio became aware that a stray cat and her kittens were residing in the backyard.  seeing this as a mere nuisance, in his usual decisive way, he directed the maid to  "Get a broom or a garden hose and expel them from the yard."   "Ah, the poor thing. . ." Dona Lucilia responded.  "Don't do that."In reply to his perfect reasoning as to why he saw this as an acceptable solution, she…

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Serenity in Face of the Worst Tragedies
Da. Clara com suas filhas, em convalescença - Foto: Reprodução

Serenity in Face of the Worst Tragedies

In the midst of the dramas and difficulties of life on this earth, more and more people are turning to Dona Lucilia’s generous intervention. And they write to tell us of her consoling assistance. Attracted by the serenity that so characterized Dona Lucilia’s innocent soul, many write to tell us of the graces obtained through her intercession, emphasizing this lady’s unfailing and resourceful protection in seemingly hopeless situations. Besides successfully overcoming difficulties, a common factor in all the benefits attributed to her intercession is the peace with which the…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part X

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part X Here is the "Tenth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's New Insights on the Gospels that complements this commandment and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first eight commandments visit the blog index:  Tenth Commandment Choose a good priest — a good priest who will know how to help your child in his or her difficulties of…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part IX

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part IX Here is the "Ninth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first eight commandments visit the blog index: Ninth Commandment Help each child to love the Eucharist and be devoted to Mary because it is…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part VIII

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VIII Here is the "Eighth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video to illustrate the principle further. For the first seven commandments visit the blog index: Eighth Commandment A child should never be punished or scolded when a parent is upset or angry. In the Heralds we…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part VII

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VII Here is the "Seventh Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first six commandments visit the blog index: Seventh Commandment Never deceive your children to get out of a tight situation. Therefore, you should not mislead…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part VI

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VI Here is the "Sixth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first five commandments visit the blog index: Sixth Commandment Do not provoke your children to anger (Eph. 6:4). To provoke the anger of children is not…

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Week 24

Chapter 9 - Part 3: Pages 356-371 True Friendship vs. False Friendship https://youtu.be/J-kQDA2NOPg Week 24 Questions Question 1 The Author, Msgr. Joao Cla, describes the relationship between Dona Lucilia and her son, Dr. Plinio, in this way: "Unless seen with eyes of Faith, it may be difficult to comprehend this closeness and union of soul between mother and son. It was the fruit of an ardent love of God, which led them to admire one another's supernatural virtues - gifts of Providence." It seems that Msgr. Joao intends by…

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Week 23

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Chapter 9 - Part 2: Pages 344 - 356 Reaction to Stressful Trials https://youtu.be/kFx3xpYlXIsWeek 23 QuestionsQuestion 1At the death of Dona Gabriela, Dona Lucilia "... although filled with sorrow … did not flee from the onerous duty of receiving the condolences of friends... siblings and close relatives ... "She has expanded so much as a person since, at the time of the death of her father she was unable to face these duties.What was the source of her consolation, and…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part V

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part V Here is the "Fifth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first four commandments visit the blog index: Fifth Commandment Be vigilant with regard to your children's companions, reading materials, shows and entertainment: how many offenses…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part IV

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part IV Here is the "Fourth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude. For the first three commandments visit the blog index:  Fourth Commandment Children must be educated in respect to Our Lord’s teachings on love and fear.To love what is good: it is necessary to know how to attract the…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part III

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part III Many Saints and also many Popes in the history of the Church have dedicated themselves to writing some points to help parents educate their children. The founder of the Heralds of the Gospel, Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, made a summary of some of these points in a homily, calling them a decalogue for the education of children, as they contain some of the principle points for the good education of children.Here is the "Third Commandment" with an…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part II

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part II Here is the "Second Commandment" and another excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude. For the "First Commandment", go here: https://donalucilia.com/10-commandments-for-the-education-of-children/ Second Commandment Parents must harmonize authority with gentleness. The idea that the father should be as an ordinary friend as possible to his children is idiotic. Parents to a certain extent and up to a certain age represent God to their children. Children, looking at their parents, begin…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children Many Saints and also many Popes in the history of the Church have dedicated themselves to writing some points to help parents educate their children. The founder of the Heralds of the Gospel, Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, made a summary of some of these points in a homily, calling them a decalogue for the education of children, as they contain some of the principle points for the good education of children.But why is this important? And how does it affect…

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Week 22

Chapter 9 - Part 1 - Pages 330-344 Expressing Affection in a Harsh World https://youtu.be/4PtjcZIcpxY Week 22 Questions Question 1 In the 1930s, Dona Lucilia experienced so many dramatic changes and upheavals. She saw the demise of many of the beautiful traditions of the past. She was there as "... the virtue of charity which had governed social interaction, making kindness the hallmark of the Brazilian temperament, gradually died out in hearts." She lived through political chaos and financial disaster. What was her reaction?   Though she had no…

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Week 19

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Chapter 8 - Part 3: Pages 3307-329 The Answer to the Crisis of Loneliness in the World https://youtu.be/vhx27xkTNIg Week 19 Questions Question 1 Dona Lucilia pleads with her son, literally, on " bended” knee, “… never again to leave things to the last minute."  Dr. Plinio was totally surprised by this display. He would, understandably, have been preoccupied with this important occasion from his own perspective, unaware of the anxiety his dear mother was experiencing. It should be within the family…

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