Every year since 1975, the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit helds the International Forum of the Ecumenical Youth of the Good Will of God. On June 29, 2019, we celebrated the 44th edition of this event, which debated “The urgency of living the ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ of Jesus”, thesis of the creator and leader of the Good Will youth movement, José de Paiva Netto, which its basis is Jesus’ New Commandment, that can be found in the Gospel according to John13:34 and 35:
“A New Commandment I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you. Only by this shall all of you be recognized as my disciples, if you have the same Love for one another.”
The Forum is an open and permanent space for young people of all ages and is carried out throughout an entire year. It promotes studies and debates, artistic and cultural activities, as well as solidary and educational collective actions.
Check out the Ecumenical Youth of the Good Will of God from Newark, New Jersey, in action:
The Baptismal Blessing
The Forum has also an ecumenical ceremony of spiritual baptism of the youth legionnaire of Good Will of God. This moment represents the acceptance of Jesus’ Sacred Ideals propagated by the Religion of Universal Love and it is a commitment with the expansion and experience of the Supreme Order of the Divine Master.
The 63 years of Paiva Netto’s work at the Institutions of Good Will
In June we also celebrate 63 years of Paiva Netto’s work at the Institutions of Good Will, an important date that represents more than just a good example, it inspires current and future generations, because during all this time he never gave up on his ideals, remaining determined in his legionnaire cause.
This ideal of militancy, which he carried since very young (by showing himself concerned about uncommon and philosophical themes), gained even more strength thanks to an important episode that occurred at the beginning of the 1950s. Paiva Netto recalls the memorable date in details:
“In Rio de Janeiro in 1953, when I was only 12 years old, I received from the hands of a beautiful black woman a pamphlet published by the LBV.”
And he continues:
“Three years passed and, on a certain morning, I woke up with a strong desire to turn on the radio. When I did that, I heard on Tamoio Radio [later it became Mundial Radio] Joseph Möhr (1792-1848) and Franz Grüber’s (1787-1863) touching composition Silent Night. It was June 29, 1956. Intrigued, I exclaimed: Mother, Christmas song in June?! Soon afterwards, Zarur began to read a passage from the Gospel of Jesus according to Luke (2:14), in which the Angels announce His Celestial Birth: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and Peace on Earth to Men of Goodwill!’ After hearing his words, I resolutely said: Mom, I like this man’s speech! I will follow him! My heart had been awakened to this Sublime Ideal. And, on that same day, on which a tribute is paid to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, I took my bicycle and I went out to the streets to voluntarily ask for help for the Organization.”
Because of this attitude (and so many others that he led after that day), June 29 came to be known as the Good Will Legionnaire Youth Day.
So, to close the event, Brother Paiva enlightened us with his fraternal and ecumenical words.
“Jesus is a daily conquest, a permanent discovery for those who have a thirst for Knowledge, Fraternity, Freedom, Equality, and Peace. . . . And I am not referring to the Lamb when He was imprisoned by restricted earthly conceptions, whether philosophical, religious, political, or scientific. He is a Liberator, never a prisoner. He surpasses everything.” affirms Brother Paiva in his article “The urgency of living the ‘Love one another as I have loved you’ of Jesus”.
By popular vote, the theme to the 45th International Forum of the Ecumenical Youth of the Good Will of God is the thesis of writer Paiva Netto “The social reform comes from the spiritual realm.”