Slain in the Spirit or........?
A blog or two ago I gave my English rendition of what slain in the spirit could be due to both the English language and the teachings of Jesus Christ n the Gospel. I had the usual discussion with a man who gets miffed beyond belief and only calls to me to correct me. He gets very put out and his latest accusation came with his usual unctuous manner and politeness. He speaks excellent English and always bemoans the lack of grammar, syntax and right use of the different styles of the English composition. He mean satire, sarcasm etc. He agreed that slain is synonymous with dead, wouldn't budge on Spirit. I asked if Christ was right when He said, "He who has seen the Father has seen Me and therefore by commonsense seen the Holy Spirit?" He complained that boast wasn't glory (in) and I gave him the page in the Oxford Dictionary.
But let me be more fraternal which I find in today's world an abhorrent act that lacks the essence of True Charity. I give you an example, "A local woman and I were discussing the Sacrament of Confession. In the course of the conversation she let slip she had not used the Sacrament for thirty years. She confessed her sins to God. I told her Christ did not die to give us the sacrament and it was a grave error not to use it. She replied that I could not tell her that as I was not a priest. This is another of those infernal defense mechanisms used lately in the church to defend oneself against the truth. Let me quote somewhat "paraphrasedly", I too can coin a word, the Navarre Commentary on Revelations. the Commentaries were recommended to me By Fr William Most. I am explaining the comments on Chapter ! verses 17-19. When the glory of God, is manifested, man becomes so conscious of his insignificance and unworthiness he is unable to remain standing in His presence. This happened to the Israelites at Sinai (cf Ex 19:16-24 and to the Apostles on Mt Tabor cf Mk 9:2-8. A person who experiences a vision acts in the same way. It happens in the Apocalypse when Christ is seen in glory surrounded by His Church. I feel that it can be that way for someone in the State of Grace but what about the use of the word unworthiness. It does carry a whole wealth of meaning, does it not? To be unworthy to see God could be and is sinfulness. The Israelites at Sinai were not yet Baptized, Christ had not yet given us the sacrament, so they were justified and still had original sin to contend with. The Apostles were not yet baptized by the washing of there feet. remember Peter's great acclamation, "Wash me all over". He so wanted to stay to be with Christ.
Then slain in the spirit can mean foolish man in sin are stultified by the passing of the Holy Spirit. Or it can mean these people who swoon so easily enter into a vision or ecstasy. Telling these folks fraternally just does not wash. Their minds on their holiness is already established in their own facts. Starring in their own soap opera they have received some kind of Emmy. but on whose authority was the award given. Their wacko elders of course no Bishop priest or presbyter could dare if they have any common sense.
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