Posts Tagged ‘Holy Trinity’

Responding to God’s Love

Once upon a time, a saintly hermit and his young disciple were building a simple house for themselves alongside a river. However, at one point when the young man swung his ax, the head came loose from the handle, flew into the river, and sank out of sight. The disciple cried out in dismay—for not […]

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Jun 15 - Homily: God, The Holy Trinity

Jun 15 - Homily: God, The Holy Trinity

The three Persons of the Holy Trinity, One God, their mystery and relationship to one another, to us, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ave Maria! Mass: The Holy Trinity - Solemnity - Form: OF…

Pope Francis: Christians Who Hate Are a Contradiction

Pope Francis reflected on the mystery of the Holy Trinity during a brief address before praying the midday Angelus on Sunday with crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Noting this Sunday marked the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, he said the fe…

The Holy Trinity Is A Mystery

There are three paths to knowledge that we frequently walk… thinking using concepts, thinking using pictures or images, and thinking using our experiences. They are all routes to truth even though experience seems to be the favored route these days. This is curious to me because learning through experience gives us some of life’s harshest […]

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Reading 1 ex 34:4b-6, 8-9
Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai as the LORD had commanded him, taking along the two stone tablets.
Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there and proclaimed his name, “LORD.” Thus the LORD passed …

Ministry - Most Holy Trinity (Fowler, MI)

MINISTRY Pastoral Ministry, FT EmployeeMost Holy Trinity (Fowler, MI)Most Holy Trinity Parish, in Fowler, Michigan has an opening for a full-time position in ministry. The applicant for this position must be a Catholic, having a strong relationship wi…

John 16:12-15 Holy Trinity, Undivided Unity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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Today is the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, a mystery of faith; that is, something that had to be revealed to us directly by God himself.  God is Three Persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  And although this unity of divinity is a mystery, it doesn’t mean it is something that we cannot relate to or understand.  Of course we can.  After all, we were created in God’s image and likeness.  
We are more one by being three.  Now if we were created in God’s image and likeness, then in some way our lives are an expression of His love in our life.  As we begin to penetrate into God’s very being, let’s not forget another revelation given to us by God:  that He is love.
God is love and He is Three Persons.  Hence God (Love) is not selfish.  He is very giving.   His love is always directed towards another Person.  God’s love is a very giving love, a forgiving love, a sharing of himself to others.   This is what keeps Him together!  This is what keeps us together.  Like God, we are more ourselves when we give our love to others.
No wonder why we seek to love:  we want to be united.  No wonder why one of the greatest moments in our lives is to walk down an aisle and profess our love to another.  As a priest, I am still amazed at how some people, who have lived together for years, suddenly decide they want to get married.  Why is that?  It’s simple.  They seek to get closer.  They want to be more intimate.  They want commitment.  They want to be like God:  a Holy Trinity and undivided unity.
Love and pain.  Human love opens the door to two people becoming one.  And this oneness is much more than just something that is spiritual, psychological and even sentimental.  It is literal and physical.  So much so that nine months later you have to give it a name, and then the three become one:  one family.
Jesus said to his disciples:  “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”

Well, what isn’t Jesus telling us?  It’s probably what St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:  “Brothers and sisters:  Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace.”
How do we get access to God’s grace?  By faith.  What does faith mean?  It means to leave the door wide open for God; to give Him an open invitation into our lives; to allow Him to take possession of our life.  It’s open season for God!  He can do whatever he wants with us, with me.  And we know that if you wish your love to grow, then you must allow some room for growing pains.
“We boast not only in the hope of the glory of God, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint” (Rom 5:4-5). 

Again, I am amazed at how people, who live together, are willing to tighten the knot.  Marriage brings people closer together, but it also brings weightier crosses.  But we say it’s worth it, because it is.  Marriage is hard work, but the rewards are incredible. 
Children are a blessing!  But they are also the source of many sleepless nights and the cause of so much pain.  But we say they are worth it, and indeed they are.  So although raising children is hard work, the indescribable joy they bring to life is worth it.
God (Love) is not fluffy.  It is not sentimental.  God (Love) is rock solid, chewy.  He is hard work.
A week ago I was very sad.  Why?  Because I didn’t win the Powerball!  And like so many, I really thought I was going to win.  I even prayed to God about it.  I asked Him to direct my pencil in the right direction.  I thought He was really inspiring me to pick the right numbers.  Like you, I really thought my numbers were “special”.  But I didn’t win.  I even had all the right intentions.  I was going to leave $100.00 to my Pastor.  And still I didn’t win.  [Hopefully by now you know I’m kidding].
Well, God is real.  He is rock solid.  He is not about to be blown away by some wind.  He is not fluffy.  He is not airy or sentimental:  Here today and gone tomorrow.
Let’s ask for it!  Let’s ask the Lord to help us grow up in communion with Him.  Let’s beg God to take us further into His possession.  Believe me, this is what we truly desire.  Does this come as a surprise to you?  Maybe, but think about for a moment.  Remember when you were a child and how happy you felt when you got what you wanted?  Today, doesn’t it make you even happier to help others get what they want or need?  Remember how important winning was to you?  What about today?  Doesn’t it feel better to share your victories with others?  And how can we forget when we were young and stupid and how we vowed never to get married or to have kids.  Today, aren’t you still amazed at how much joy and excitement a child can bring into your life?
The problem with our love today is that it is not really real.  It is fake, superficial, a spur of the moment fling.  It is like us.  Our love is a reflection of who we are, and we are not very deep and nor is our faith.  We are not willing to endure trials or hardships out of love for others.  We want to skip the middle part and go right to the happy ending.  We are not willing to put in the work and/or hours required.  We have settled on living our lives like a series of snapshots – like the silly ones that kids post of themselves today:  mouths wide open and posed in fake jubilation.
Well, an open mouth is like an open mind, eventually it wants to chomp down on something solid.  God is chewy.  God is solid food.  The difference between “fluff” and “stuff” is the difference between living “for today” and living forever.

The Holy Trinity

Today is Trinity Sunday. Msgr. Charles Pope offers a meditation the Feast of the Holy Trinity that explains it about as well as any resource I have ever seen. There is an old Spiritual that says, My God is so high, you can’t over him, he’s so low, you can’t under him, he’s so wide you … … Continue reading

May 26, About Today for TRINITY SUNDAY

The First Sunday after Pentecost

The Most Holy Trinity


14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14). [1]

Today is the solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity. It falls on the first Sunday after Pentecost as we come to celebrate the mystery of the Triune God. Liturgically, we have returned to Ordinary Time; yet with a deeper sense of the recent Paschal mysteries, we are encouraged to, “…be open to the action of divine Grace, to progress in love of God and of neighbour.” [2]

The mystery of The Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and life, through which we learn who the one true God is and how He reveals himself to mankind as well as, “…reconciles and unites himself to men.” [3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Corinthians, The Second Letter of Paul to the.”
[2] His Holiness Benedict XVI, “Angelus” May 30, 2010.
[3] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., 234.


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Divine Love and Human Love

From the Cross to the Trinity The entire Most Holy Trinity is involved in Love and by Love with the Cross of Christ. Many antique pictures represent the Father’s arms holding the Crucifix. For example in Masaccio’s painting (in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence) the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove i…

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