Restoring Our Spiritual Sight

I must confess I created this blog with the hope of sharing my thoughts more often than I have, but frankly I write when I feel inspired. Most of the time I don’t believe I have anything good to say unless I am inspired. So, after sharing this with you let’s get started.  I once was told by a good friend of mine, as I walked into his house one night, that “there are no “should’s” in this house”. I guess his reasoning was that using the word “should” somehow forces another to think a certain way or do something they may not really want to do. It’s even worse when we say, ” You shouldn’t do that.” I heard this a lot growing up. “You should watch this show, you’ll really like it.”  Since we say “should” so often in our sentences it just becomes part of our vocabulary. Anyway, I’m going to use it again even though I shouldn’t.  This reflection is about the Scriptural passage from Luke 18:40-45. Each day we should ask God, even plead if necessary, to restore our sight. In Luke 18:42 the main point this passage of scripture is trying to teach us is that the sight we plead for is actually more of a “spiritual sight”. Our spiritual sight becomes impeded on a daily basis because of our fallen nature, our being human. I know we don’t always enjoy hearing we are all wounded in some way. We can however, take comfort in the fact that all of us are wounded in one way or another. Back to the reason I’m writing, which is saying a prayer for our spiritual sight to be restored.  I wanted to relate this to something we could all understand, so I came up with the idea that we are forever trying to keep our prize possessions clean and often on a daily basis. These items could be our car, or our guitar or even something more personal: our body. Dust and dirt get on these all the time and we are constantly trying to keep them clean. So why then is it so difficult for us to believe this can happen to our spirit as well. The scriptures are speaking about a physical healing taking place, but a deeper meaning is also emerging here and that is faith is being restored to this individual. “The man goes off praising God.” Our spiritual journey can take many turns during our life because we are searching. We are searching for inner peace and a calm that can only come from the One who created us. When our spiritual sight is cleansed we can see that our life is a beautiful gift. That each of us are a beautifully created being. This means there is true purpose to life. That each of us has a particular role to play. I like to relate life to a symphony and that each of us are a note in this symphony. When you take a note out of the symphony or if the note is in the wrong spot then the whole symphony gets messed up and the symphony ends up sounding awful. The symphony of the universe needs each of us. It is so important that each note gets played properly. So let us remember to ask Christ Jesus to restore our sight and the symphony God is writing can be heard throughout the universe. It is my hope that this little reflection helps you in some way and your spiritual sight is taken care of and is restored each day through the compassionate mercy and love of Christ Jesus our Lord. Have yourself a most blessed week.
Love and prayers,
Bro.Mark
Hermits of St. Giles

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