May 7, 2013
As usual, the meditations from Divine Intimacy really pack a punch. If not one day, surely the next.
With all the turmoil in the Church concerning erroneous interpretation of Sacred Scripture by certain theologians and Scripture scholars especially over the past sixty years, a burning question has seared my heart. “How can they do this? These are supposedly intelligent people.”
At times like these I think of the painting of St. Thomas Aquinas on his knees praying. One of the most brilliant theologians in the entire 2000 year history of the Church never picked up his quill without first praying on his knees to our Lord. You can’t write about a Who without knowing the Who intimately or you will just be wasting trees and filling pages with pure fantasy, giving readers lies at worst and dubious facts at best.
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene wrote in meditation #175,
All that we can study and learn about the things of God is a dead letter if the Holy Spirit does not enlighten us concerning them. Our need for Him is absolute; our desire for His coming should be unbounded.
That’s the answer to the question. Don’t pray with an open and sincere heart when you pick up the Bible. Read it with your own agenda. Never humble yourself by getting on your knees in front of Christ crucified and begging the Holy Spirit to fill your soul. Just be out to make a name for yourself and join the “in” crowd. Be recognized as an “authoritative scholar” by today’s standards, full of knowledge but signifying nothing because your truth is all that counts. Study, study, study and debate, debate, debate without praying. That’s how they did it – made Sacred Scripture a dead letter. You can’t attack and destroy Magisterial teaching without first having lost focus on the Who of God, the Blessed Trinity, with which you must have a personal, intimate relationship.
St. Thomas shows us the right way. Ironically it was these same theologians and Scripture scholars who suppressed the study of St. Thomas in the seminaries post Vatican II, and it was Pope John Paul II who said that St. Thomas’ writings should be the basis for theological and scripture study, reviving his work for a new generation of seminarians and ordinary Catholics like me.
One of my favorite theologian/Scripture scholars is Father William Most (RIP). Among his other titles at Amazon, you might particularly enjoy Free from All Error : Authorship, Inerrancy, Historicity of Scripture, Church Teaching, and Modern Scripture Scholars. You can absolutely rely on his orthodoxy.
As Pentecost approaches, I pray that all my readers as well as I will experience a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit so that the things of God will never be a dead letter to us.
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