Thoughts In Solitude

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We get our word “Inspired” from the Greek word εμπνεώ which means “breathed in”. God Himself guided the authors of Sacred Scripture by the action of the Holy Spirit by breathing His inspiration into the hand of the authors. Although God is the principle author of Scripture, the human authors are also true authors because they acted as free, subordinate, intelligent instruments of the Holy Spirit guiding them.

If the Holy Spirit can guide the authors of Scripture, can the Holy Spirit also guide us? The funny thing is, no matter if we believe or not every breath we take comes from the Holy Spirit.

(Deuteronomy ch:18 v:1-22) Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord, and because of such abominations the Lord, your God, is driving these nations out of your way. You, however, must be altogether sincere toward the Lord, your God. Though these nations whom you are to dispossess listen to their soothsayers and fortune-tellers, the Lord, your God, will not permit you to do so.
Acts 19 9-25
Inerrant means “does not err” . Scripture always teaches truth never error.

Reading Sacred Scripture is in a way much like receiving the Holy Eucharist. In both cases the Word of God comes directly to us. “Number 103″ in the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us the Church has always venerated Sacred Scripture as she venerates the Lord’s Body.

2 Thessalonians ch. 2: v:15 reminds us to hold firm not only to Sacred Scripture but Sacred Tradition as well. . “So brethern, stand firm and hold tight to the traditions taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.” Sacred Tradition has been passed down either by word of mouth or by the written word. Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition form one source from which the Word of God comes to us.

“Infallible” means the Church cannot teach error in matters of faith. Christ Jesus intercedes for us through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we state that the Pope is “Infallible” we mean he can make no mistakes in matters of faith alone. This does not mean the Pope is sinless. Only Christ Jesus and our Blessed Mother are sinless. This is why we call our Blessed Mother the Immaculate Conception. She was born without Original Sin. Christ Jesus came to us in a pure vessel and this vessel was Mary of Nazareth. The Holy Spirit overshadowed our blessed Mother. This was one of the greatest miracles given to the human family. Christ Jesus “tabernacled” among us. Tabernacle is a greek word which means “pitched His tent” among us. So whenever you walk into a Catholic Church you will always see the Tabernacle as the major focal point. We then are reminded that Christ Jesus has “pitched His tent” among us, His children. How intimate it is when we find ourselves camping with those whom we love, all sitting around the campfire and telling each other stories. This is the intimacy that Jesus greets us with. Pretty nifty, ehh!  Have a blessed day!                                                                       Bro.Mark

 

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The Hermits of St. Giles is a Contemplative Association for those who are permanently physically disabled and have become “home bound” to their local Church and are in need of continuous medical care. St. Giles, in the Catholic Church, is the patron Saint of the ill and disabled. The Association of the Hermits of St. Giles is set-up in such a way that those who are ill and physically disabled can live out their monastic spirituality from their own home. We assist the Church and the world through our life of prayer and freely offering up our sufferings that stem from our disabilities. For the Hermits, our hermitage is within our heart and the Cross of Christ is life for us and for our world.
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One Response to Thoughts In Solitude

  1. Hello Brother Mark,

    It was a pleasure speaking with you today. I sincerely hope I can help the Hermits of St. Giles in some way. As Ms. Wheelchair California 2013, part of my job is to serve with grace and poise. Sometimes that is difficult with my own ailments; but, I was humbled by the mission of the members. I did hear what was your greatest challenge in the community. I will do my best to affect legislative change. Unfortunately that is not an overnight thing. I’m sure my work will last long after my reign is over.

    Thank you and God Bless you!

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