Carta aberta ao Presidente da República

“Querido Marcelo,

Peço que me desculpes, mas hoje trato-te por tu. Contigo estamos à vontade e não “à vontadinha”; mas mesmo não tendo andado contigo na escola, e sabendo que tens idade para ser meu avô, permite-me a irreverência.

Elegemos-te, como elegemos todos os políticos, para nos representares. E tu, matreiro, tens feito exactamente isso. Que desassossego Marcelo!

Que coisa rara ser-se assim genuíno!

Vais a tudo e a todas. Nem o Emplastro consegue seguir-te as pisadas! Como fizeste no fim-de-semana em que se cumpriu Portugal? Aposto que com tantos quilómetros entre Papa, Salvador e Benfica tinhas amealhado pelo menos uns dez DOTS, se eles ainda estivessem na moda.

Pouco a pouco, tens conquistado estes corações de granito que nós lusitanos tendemos a carregar. E olha que não gostamos nada disso! Tal como nos Santos a sardinha se vende ao preço do cardume, no mundo da politiquice quando a esmola é muita o povo desconfia. Homem político é para ser odiado, senão de que nos servem? A quem atiramos a primeira pedra se começam todos a ser como tu?

Contigo é um desatino! Sem esforço, tens intensificado este sentimento de que ainda há políticos decentes. Que ousadia a tua, mostrares-te assim simples e honesto, sem prepotência e sem orgulho! Não tens medo de ser vulnerável. E menos medo tens de quebrar protocolos e seres um Presidente tresmalhado que não segue rebanhos.

Mostras compaixão onde outros mostraram assessores. Pões o dedo na ferida e vais para a arena com os restantes comuns mortais. Nada do que fazes é por interesse próprio, nem queres que seja. Quando um jornalista te perguntou quanto tempo ficarias no Pedrógão, respondeste, fresco como um manjerico, que ficarias o tempo que fosse necessário. Inconcebível para ti tentar prever o tempo que demora a dar uma palavra de conforto a quem dela mais precisa.

Estou-te grata por trazeres à baila o humanismo que tinha caído em desuso na tua classe profissional — e não só. No mundo médico por exemplo, é de mau tom e eticamente questionável abraçar um doente. Mas às vezes, quando a dor é muita e não sabemos o que dizer, um abraço diz tudo. E digo-te — cá entre nós — que tanto eu, como muitos colegas, já cometemos essa perversão.

Sei que sabes quão poderoso pode ser um abraço. Fizeste-o quando chegaste ao local da tragédia, por caminhos aparentemente pouco recomendados. És assim. Deixas tudo num reboliço e vais pousar directamente onde é preciso. E ficas, demoras-te, e inundas tudo e todos de compaixão, como um amigo verdadeiro. Estávamos sedentos de ter alguém assim.

Nesta vida-luta que travamos nem sempre temos coragem para ser genuínos, vulneráveis e humanos, como tu. Este desamor Marcelo, é para ser vivido longamente. Espero que consigas inspirar outros a ser como tu e que nos relembres que os valores pessoais falam mais alto do que a profissão que exercemos. Mas o que quero mesmo, é que, em caso de tragédia, possas ser tu a ir lá dar “aquele abraço” que todos nós gostaríamos de poder dar!”

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About Humanity

“When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser  man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies – to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.” RFK

Marriage and Relationships

Marriage came due to religion. The willing to close an aliance with the partner and God in order to be recognize on Earth and in Heaven. People were afraid of what would God say if people just went live together or just would have a ‘pic-nic’ here and there. With time women became a piece of merchandise and were used to trade with social status, goods and money. Women had no word to say about their marriage and so we saw that many women were and still are cohersed into not wanted marriages and into families that sometimes don’t have the slightest respect for them.

As a westerner, I consider women equal to men and with the same rights and obligations and therefore I strongly defend the presence of women in all levels of society. Since the marriage institution comes from religion and social pressure from in the past it’s time that society also evolves with time and adapts an approach to relations between partners.

When I was a Mormon I strongly defended the most conservative principles of the sacredness of family and marriage. Two and a half years went by and today I see things differently. I see the union of partners as something between themselves and please let them chose what kind of relationship they want and with whom they want. Of course society needs to protect itself from adults getting together with children among other possible unions.

Today I would not marry again but I would take my partner, soulmate, love to a beautiful place of our choice and just the two of us I would declare my love for her and make vows valid for us and to be cherished by us. To safeguard the future in case of death or end of the relationship a single document would be signed in front of a Government official and that was it. No need for marriage and no need to expensive, long and many times violent divorce procedures.

I see no problem in the so called not usual relationships like people having more than one partner. If that is their choice society needs to be prepared to accept that kind of union as well. We need to admire this kind of relationships because they need to be very strong to be able to succeed. Love and attention must be given to both partners in order that one of them doesn’t feel left our in the relationship. In Belgium I have seen several examples on televisions of polygamous families that function in perfect harmony.

Until a while ago I was very conservative on this kind of families but since I saw a polygamous family where the women were taking care of each other’s children with so much love and respect my opinion started to change. If these people get along together why not allowing them to be happy as they are? Isn’t it better than a traditional couple in which one of the partners is abusive towards the other?

Maybe all this is too progressive but it’s how I feel.

Diferença entre quando Deus quer e quando o Homem quer

Especial para mórmons


Entrevistas de dignidade? Tribunais da igreja? Negar chamados porque este ou aquele faz isto ou aquilo? Vejamos então:

Noé era um bêbado
Abraão era velho demais
Isaque era medroso
Jacó era um mentiroso

Léia era feia
José era um escravo
Moisés era gago e incapaz de falar em público
Gideão teve dúvidas que Deus o teria escolhido

Sansão tinha cabelos compridos e era adúltero
Jeremias e Timóteo eram jovens demais
Davi cometeu um adultério e um assassinato
Elias era suicida

Isaías pregava nu
Jonas fugiu de Deus
Raabe era uma prostituta
Jó foi a falência e perdeu a saúde

João Batista era uma figura excêntrica e até comia insetos
Maria Madalena tinha sido possuída por 7 demônios
Noemi era uma viúva desamparada

Paulo era religioso demais, fanático

Pedro negou Cristo
Os Discípulos adormeceram enquanto oravam
Marta era agitadíssima e invertia as prioridades
A mulher samaritana era divorciada, mais do que uma vez

Zaqueu era pequeno demais
Timóteo tinha uma úlcera…
E Lázaro estava morto!

E não esqueça: Jesus ajudou todos eles!!!!

Deus pode usar seu potencial por completo!!!
Além disso, você não é a mensagem, você é apenas o mensageiro.
No círculo de amor de Deus, Deus está esperando para usar o seu potencial.

10 coisas que precisamos entender….

1. Deus quer frutos espirituais, não tolices religiosas.
2. Não existe chave para a felicidade. A porta está sempre aberta.
3. Silêncio é geralmente mal interpretado mas nunca citado erroneamente.
4. Faça a matemática… Calcule suas bençãos.
5. Fé é a habilidade de não entrar em pânico.
6. Se você se preocupa, você não orou. Se você ora, não se preocupe.
7. Como uma criança de Deus, a oração é como ligar para casa todos os dias.
8. As coisas mais importantes na sua casa são as pessoas.
9. Quando estamos enrolados com nossos problemas, fique calmo.
Deus quer que sejamos calmos para que Ele desamarre os nós.
10. A mágoa é uma coisa muito pesada para carregar. Perdoe.

Trate melhor do que o necessário todo aquele que você souber que
está enfrentando algum tipo de batalha.

Viva simplesmente,
Ame generosamente,
Cuide profundamente e
Fale gentilmente…….
Deixe o resto com Deus!

Enquanto lideres religiosos não forem assim, em vez de serem promotores de união entre os homens/mulheres, nada mais são do que semeadores de preconceitos, discórdia e quezílias.

A reflexão acima foi recebida por mail.

Catholic Church x Mormon Church experiences

It was hard to get a confirmation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church) that they had removed my name from their records as I requested on Jan 8 2010. After many phone calls to the stake presidency, messages left on voice-mails and many written e-mails, I only received a mail from the local bishop informing me that I was out but that it was against  the rules to write me a letter just to inform me that my wish had been granted and that I no longer was a member of the mormon church. After my mission I worked for the Member and Statistics Department so I know why I had to request  for an official confirmation.

After talking to my attorney,  I turned to the church central offices in Salt Lake City (where I first sent my request to) and they also didn’t take the dignity to send me a confirmation document. After a few weeks I sent another letter informing the church’s headquarters that I would inform the press and ask my lawyer to sue them  if I did not receive a letter within the next 3 weeks. 24 hours after receiving my letter a confirmation letter arrived at my home.

By the end of November 2010 I requested to be removed from the Catholic Church and on January 10 2011 I received a letter from the office of the Lisbon Cardinal informing me that my wish had been granted. A very correct, polite letter. Once again I must recognize that I always have been treated with a lot of respect within the Catholic Church, and even knowing that I have left them to join the Mormon Church, still, they kept their love and respect for me and my family. After all I gave and sacrificed for the Mormon Church, a simple letter is not asking too much… after all, there are so many things their leaders do and they don’t even care about their consequences for others, on the contrary. It may destroy hearts, homes and families as long as it doesn’t affect the church’s reputation.

The story of Jesus

On The Sixth Day
Image by adebⓞnd via Flickr

Lately I have been reading blogs about Jesus’ life and about Christians in general. Before I did not spend any time whatsoever reading those sites because I assumed myself as a Christian and I only read what my denomination (Mormon) had to say about him. Almost two years ago I left the mormon church and with time I lost my faith in Jesus. I have a hard time believing in his miracles and most of all, in his resurrection.  On a scientific point of view that is just not possible. I wonder how I could have believed such a story and even having given two years of my life to be a missionary for the mormon Jesus.

Although I love to read the Qur’an, I have a hard time when it comes to parts when it speaks of harsh punishments for those not doing everything as Allah instructs. I am a father myself and I can’t conceive being such a hard father to them since everyone has its own personality and different lives. We also meet different people during our lives.

Saying this, I no longer believe in the Bible. There are messages in it that I apply into my life and that I also teach my children, but I have a hard time with that hateful God from the Old Testament. I just can’t believe of a God allowing the slaughter of so many people in the times of old, but today we still see crimes being done in his name.

Nobody can really know in this life if God exists or not, but every person can acknowledge the existent of a spiritual part in each one of us that let us know and feel things that are not measurable. Things like love, hate, friendship and spirituality.

Someday I hope I can know for sure if God exists or not. Before I was pretty sure about it, at the moment I keep on wondering about this life’s basic question. And if God exists, is he male or female, christian/muslim/budhist…

The 7 woes

You like to walk around in your designer suits reveling in being seen by men
You take the best seats at Conference and people rise when you enter the room Devouring poor widows income while you’re sitting on all of your wealth Raiding church-owned corporations for your multi-million dollars

For a pretense you make lengthy, arrogant prayers You exalt yourself and one day you’ll be humbled Woe to you, hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces neither you nor they enter in Woe to you, hypocrites! You make your convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves

You bind heavy burdens and lay them on other shoulders You’ll not carry them with one finger, for you preach but do not practice What you require to pass your Sacrament: White shirts and ties and clean-shaven With your standards of dress and grooming you wouldn’t even allow Jesus Himself to serve His bread and wine With the way that He’d be dressed He’d be scolded by your high priest.

Woe to you blind fools! You place your priesthood callings and temple attendance Ahead of a relationship with Jesus
Woe to you blind guides! While you choke on a gnat you swallow a thirsty camel Something greater than the temple is here….

Jesus spoke the Truth it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye Of a needle than for you rich men to enter the Kingdom Of Heaven beat your breast and say God be merciful To me a sinner then sell all you have and give it all to the poor. And you’ll have even more In heaven and follow Him now

How often would He have gathered you as a hen gathers her young Under her wings but you would not submit yourself to His Word? Remaining ignorant of the righteousness of God which is faith in Christ You renew your bondage weekly with your prisoners by

Feeding them with leavened bread and water You offer them damnation while Christ feeds with salvation Woe to you hypocrites! Appearing righteous on the outside but I see you are buried in your fig leaf

Woe to you blind Pharisee! You make your temples beautiful palaces but inside they’re full of dead men’s bones Woe to you brood of vipers! You build monuments to honor men that slander God’s true prophets By changing the true Word of God and proclaiming another gospel Woe to you, Jesus weeps over you!
The time to repent is now! Woe

(Adam’s Road Band)