Posts Tagged ‘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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Sunday Homily: The Love of the Father, the Grace of the Son and the Communion of the Spirit

Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18
One of the deepest truths about our life is we come from the Trinity and that we are called to return to the Trinity. The Trinity is the central mystery of our C…

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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What is the Mass?

Fr. Douglas Martis, director of The Liturgical Institute, offers a powerful reflection:

Everytime I’m at Mass, I can’t help but think that we have the most beautiful, poetic prayer possible, but if what we say does not resonate in our hearts, then it is empty and meaningless.
It is lip service.

There are three things that we must always remember:
1. Who God is.
2. Who we are.
3. What Mass is. 

WHO IS GOD? Thinkers have for centuries tried to describe, to put into words what God is like. 

What is especially unique to Christianity is that we believe in a triune God, a Trinity who is a relationship of persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Everyone knows St. Patrick’s image for the Trinity: the clover leaf. 

Pope Benedict describes the Trinity as a song of love. He says that essential to God is the quality of communication, communion.

The Trinity is a dialogue, an eternal song of love. And what is song but a combination of word and breath. Here we have the most perfect word: Jesus. And the sweetest breath, the Holy Spirit. 

WHO ARE WE? Another thing that we have got to remember, that we often forget, is that WE NEED NOT BE. 

We are contingent.
We do not have to exist. 

It is only God who keeps us in existence at every moment. And that is something we ought to be grateful for all the time. 

WHAT IS THE MASS? Why do we have Mass? What’s its purpose? We answer this question at every Mass. At the Orate fratres, we say the purpose of Mass: For the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church. 

That’s it. We come to Mass to praise God (for what he’s done for us in Christ—and for keeping us in existence) and to pray for our needs (ultimately that we will be united with him forever in heaven). The Mass isn’t so much about what we can get out of it, but what we give in praise to God.

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Working Wonders In Our World

A great but little-known saint of the 3rd century was St. Gregory of Neocaesaria—an ancient city located north of modern-day Turkey. When Gregory became bishop of that wealthy but immoral city around the year 238, there were only seventeen Christians there. Through his inspired preaching and personal example of kindness and generosity, he quickly made [...]

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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, Invitatory for TRINITY SUNDAY

Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah
they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship the true God: One in Trinity, Trinity in One.


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God Relates To Us As Father, Son, And Holy Spirit

This weekend we celebrate the beginning of the summer season. For some of us it means opening up the cottage or lake house. For others it is a time to gather with friends or family for a BBQ. But for everyone, this weekend should be a time of remembrance. In some senses, Memorial Day weekend [...]

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Love Simply Has To Give Itself To Others

An understanding of the Holy Trinity remains incomprehensible to us, a mystery. Our finite human minds cannot reach around the totality of its truth and assimilate all that it is. But because of the revelation of Jesus Christ the reality of the Holy Trinity is intelligible to us. While we can’t grasp the nature of [...]

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BUSINESS MANAGER Accounting/Finance, FT EmployeeHoly Trinity Catholic Church (Gainesville, VA)Parish Business Manager Posting Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA, a vibrant parish with more than 3,700 registered families and over 65 ministr…

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