Trinitytide: a word about the Trinity from Father Z.

Posted June 13, 2017 8:43 pm by Isten Joe

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There are a few teachings so important that they define we Christians. So fundamental that, if we get them wrong, we are not Christian. If one is not a Catholic Christian, a believer in the Truth revealed to us in Christ Jesus, one is very likely lost to idols of one kind or another.
These dogmas or fundamental teachings help us distinguish between the God of revelation and some fake. Dogmas of the Faith are icons showing us the true face of God, authoritative lenses through which shines the light of Truth. If we do not have the living and true God, we are praying to an alien god such as Mormon’s do.

The Holy Trinity is a mystery revealed to us finite beings. Our ability to comprehend the nature of the Triune God is, this side of heaven, limited. With grace given by God, we can begin to approach and embrace the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Without grace, we will not even be able to begin the journey into the saving relationship with God made possible by Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Through Him, with Him and in Him, we can embrace the Holy Trinity. Through love of Jesus, the Eternal Word, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, we can enter into an intimate communion with God and know Him: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Fr. Z helps us along the way by painting a beautiful icon of the Truth, by providing an elegant summary of the dogma of the Holy Trinity. Pray for the grace to enter more fully into the dogma, the mystery of the Trinity. Savour each word of the following summary which points us toward the True God.

“In the mystery of the Unity and Trinity of God we believe that, from all eternity and before material creation and even outside of time itself, the One God who desired a perfect communion of love expressed Himself in a perfect Word, containing all that He is. The Word God uttered was and is a perfect self-expression, also perfectly possessing what the Speaker possesses: being, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, beauty, and even personhood. So, from all eternity there were always two divine Persons, the God who spoke and the Word who was spoken, the God who Generates and the God who is Generated, true God with and from true God, Begetter and Begotten, Father and Son. There was never a time when this was not so. These two Persons eternally regard and contemplate each other. From all eternity they knew and loved each other, each offering the other a perfect gift of self-giving. Since the self-gift of these perfect and divine Persons, distinct but sharing one divine nature, can be nothing other than a perfect self-gift, perfectly given and perfectly received, the very Gift between them also contains all that each of the Persons have: being, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, beauty, and even personhood. Therefore, from all eternity there exist three distinct divine Persons having one indivisible divine nature, Father, Son and the perfect self-gift of love between them, the Holy Spirit.”

Perhaps it is easier to avoid error by knowing what the Trinity is not.

We Catholics have an obligation to communicate the Truth which saves people from eternal death. The Truth known only in and through Jesus Christ:

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.—Colossians 1:24-28

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