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Daily Meditations With Your Cat Book

Daily Meditations With Your Cat Book

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Published by katapley7953
I wrote this devotional book to encourage deep thought and spirituality. This book frankly deals with subjects that the religious community seldom mentions such as extreme suffering, chronic pain, suicide, madness, etc.. Parts of my devotional book were written from a hospital.
I wrote this devotional book to encourage deep thought and spirituality. This book frankly deals with subjects that the religious community seldom mentions such as extreme suffering, chronic pain, suicide, madness, etc.. Parts of my devotional book were written from a hospital.

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Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
made me free from the law of sin and death.”

What does the term “monk” mean and who was the first known monk? The word “monk” is
a Greek word that means “single” or “alone”. According to history, the first Christian monk
was a twenty year old boy named Anthony who was raised in Egypt. Somewhere around the
year 270, Anthony gave all his possessions away and went to live in the desert. He soon had a
reputation as being a holy man and others wanted to be like him, so they came to live near him
and lived alone like he did to show their devotion to God. By the fifth century the monastic
movement had spread to Ireland. The Irish monks spread Christianity to Scotland, England and
Wales. The biggest change in the early monastic life came with St. Benedict in about 529 AD.
He founded a community of monks living and working and praying in isolation from the outside
world. St. Augustine brought St. Benedict’s rules to England in the year 597 AD and brought
order to medieval monasteries. The monks were the most educated persons in Medieval in
society and the Benedictine monks were the largest order. Some information can be found at:
www.britainexpress.com/History/medieval-monastry.htm;
www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture19b.html;
www.devon.gov.uk/dcs/history/buckfast/page4.htm
There was no doubt that monks really tried to please God with their works and penances, but
many of them forgot the grace of God. It took Martin Luther’s reading of Romans to put the
emphasis on salvation by grace and not works. If you are trying to get to heaven by works how
many would you have to do to make it to heaven? Even if you did good works night and day for
the rest of your life it would never be enough. The point of the law was that no one could keep
the law. Surrender yourself to God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8 “ For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

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