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Chapter 62

The Blessed Trinity


O high eternal Trinity, take my soul from my body!
O eternal Trinity!  O fire ever burning,
fire that never goes out,
never dims, never can be diminished
even if the whole world
takes fire from you!  O light-giving light
in whose light we see light!
In your light I see and without it I cannot see,
for you are the one who is and
I am the one who is not.
—St. Catherine of Siena



God is Love.” (1 John 4:16)  The Father Loves the Son and the Son Loves the Father in the Holy Spirit who is that Love which They share together forever in the Divinity of the Blessed Trinity.  Like a fresh fountainhead with three springs of water, ever flowing yet ever at rest, or the radiant white light of the sun with its three prime colors—blue, green, and red—by the prism of processions within (“Light from Light”), so the Divinity is a Trinity, the One True God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Nicene Creed)  True Love is the answer to everything.  God is all that is good—to infinity—in a way that is transcendent, having, in Himself, every good quality while still being simple and undivided—Truth and Charity, Wisdom and Beauty, Power and Humility, Grace and Glory, and so it goes on without limit or end in a way that we cannot fully fathom or comprehend.  The Trinity is a mystery who will enrapture and delight the Blessed in heaven for all eternity.  Which brings us to another mystery—the Blessed Trinity lives in Eternity, outside of time.  The Trinity is timeless.  In one glance God sees all that ever was or will be, because all that exists exists by His creating Hand, though angels and men are His enemies or friends insofar as their will is united or not with the Divine Will.

From all Eternity, the Father speaks the Word of Love which re-echoes in the Breath of the Holy Spirit.  The Word has infinite mystical majesty and meaning, untold beauty, harmony, variety and order.  The Word is Poetry.  It is the language of Life-Giving Love, and only the Holy Trinity understands it fully.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)  In some sense, everything is poetry inasmuch as “all things were made through Him.” (John 1:3)  For instance, there is “poetic justice” in the universe.  “If you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matt. 6:15)  There is also “poetic mercy.”  “Give, and you shall receive.  For the measure with which you measure, will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

The Three Persons of The Blessed Trinity act distinctly in relating to One Another, but They always act as One in relating to all others, namely, Their creation, according to the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father,” because “The Father and I are One.” (John 14:9, 10:30)  In the spiritual journey, union with Christ in His humanity is the means; union with Christ in His divinity, the Holy Trinity, is the end.  So, the whole goal of the spiritual life is to be found lost, or lost and then found, in the fathomless abyss of the mysterious Trinity—that infinite Ocean of Charity, that Peace that partakes of Eternity, that Reality that never changes.  “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning (from all eternity), is now, and ever shall be, world (One God) without end.  Amen.”  Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! (Rev. 19:1-16)


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