Treacherous Nights (Noites Traiçoeiras)

The prisons in Brazil have their own culture as well.  For instance, it is very easy to get the men and women of the Brazilian prisons to sing their favorite songs in a large group.  They love to sing their most well-known songs.  One of their favorites is Noites Traiçoeiras.  It has become one of my favorites too.  You can watch and listen to the song on YouTube here: Noites Traiçoeiras

Listening to the melody and words you can understand why they this song means so much to them when we sing it.  It’s amazing when the whole cell of 25-30 men and or women erupts  with the third verse.

Below are the lyrics; first in Portuguese and the second in English.

Enjoy…Tiago

Noites Traiçoeiras

Deus está aqui neste momento
Sua presença é real em meu viver
Entregue sua vida e seus problemas
Fale com Deus, Ele vai ajudar você…

Uôôô… Deus te trouxe aqui
Para aliviar
Os teus sofrimentos…
Uôôô,… É Ele o autor da fé
Do princípio ao fim
De todos os seus momentos

Uô, uô,… e ainda se vier
Noites traiçoeiras
Se a cruz pesada for
Cristo estará contigo
E o mundo pode até fazer você chorar.
Mas Deus te quer sorrindo

Seja qual for o seu problema
Fale com Deus, Ele vai ajudar você…
Após a dor vem a alegria
Deus é amor Ele não te deixará sofrer…

Uôôô… Deus te trouxe aqui
Para aliviar
Os teus sofrimentos…
Uôôô… É Ele o autor da fé
Do princípio ao fim
De todos os seus momentos

Uô, uô,… e ainda se vier
Noites traiçoeiras
Se a cruz pesada for
Cristo estará contigo
E o mundo pode até fazer você chorar.
Mas Deus te quer sorrindo

Treacherous Nights

God is here at this moment
His presence is real in my life
Turn your life and worries over to Him
Talk to God, He’s going to help you

God brought you here
To relieve your suffering
He’s the author of faith
From the beginning to the end
For all of your torment

And even though the treacherous nights come
If the cross is heavy, Christ will be with you
The things in the world can even make you cry
But God wants you to smile

Whatever your problem
Talk to God , he’s going to help you
After the pain happiness comes
Because God is love and won’t let you suffer

God brought you here
To relieve your suffering
He’s the author of Faith
From the beginning to the end
For all of your torment

And even though the treacherous nights come
If the cross is heavy, Christ will be with you
The things in the world can even make you cry
But God wants you to smile

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Carnaval 2017

As a Maryknoll Lay Missioner you get to experience the wonderful culture of the country you are assigned to.  We are especially lucky to experience Carnival in Brazil.  The Carnaval Samba competition in São Paulo is an amazing two nights of Colors, Music, Costumes, Floats, and Dancing. More importantly, the festival highlights the incredible energy and creativity of the Brazilian people and culture. Here are some photos that attempts to capture a portion of that energy and creativity. Parabéns São Paulo! Enjoy. Tiago

Baseball and Brazilians

IMG_2467.jpgWe recently started teaching English in the Brazilian prison.  Luckily, we have eleven very enthusiastic and dedicated students who are learning verbs like “to be” and “to have.”  They are also learning new vocabulary like Autumn, tonight, and season.

The second half of our class is normally dedicated to reading a short passage or story.  We are trying to add some American culture into the reading so this week’s passages was about Baseball and the World Series.  (I’ve attached the lesson for you to read.)

We sometimes forget how complicated the rules of baseball are for someone who did not grow up with the sport.  So trying to explain the rules of baseball to our students in our broken Portuguese is not so easy.  Fortunately, one of our students asked me who my favorite team was.  Of course that led to an immediate answer of the “Chicago Cubs.”  This was much easier to explain in Portuguese.

Unfortunately, I used the lesson to give a short history of the Chicago Cubs too.  And when I wrote the year “1908” on the white board as the year the Cubs last won the World Series, there was much laughter and a loud “Nossa” from the group.  (Nossa is the Portuguese word for Wow!)  One student commented that that was 108 years ago.  Even in my poor Portuguese I could recognize that remark!  So there are now eleven Brazilian Prisoners in Såo Paulo who are rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series this week.

Our English class is only an hour long, once a week, but it give our students a short time out of the cell block, in a productive setting, and a way to improve their communication skills and more importantly their self confidence.  We hope our lesson will provide them with a new way of understanding their own potential and how to be “especial.”

Go Cubs!