Sunday, May 27, 2018

Teach us to pray.

Rublev's 'Trinity'
It is not the Trinity represented here,
it is the 'mystery' of the Holy Trinity.

Something about the Trinity.

I want to share a comment I left on another website about 'the forgotten person of the Holy Trinity'. A sacred mystery words and images are inadequate to express. And we all keep trying to explain it - often leading us into many errors and bogus devotions based upon locutions and imperfect private revelations.  We keep writing, talking, reading - but we can only know these things by faith, in mystery, in silence. There is no forgotten person in the Holy Trinity, rather I think it is the Trinity who is forgotten.

Oddly enough, authentic Marian devotion leads one to a deeper understanding of the Holy Trinity - it is inseparable from it - just as devotion to the Sacred Humanity leads one into the very 'bosom of the Trinity'. (I like St. Elizabeth's terminology better - 'plunges us!') The rosary is a decidedly Trinitarian prayer, and the Fatima revelations clearly exemplify what I am trying say about that.

The initial prayer the angel taught the children is the epitome of Trinitarian prayer. "My God I believe, I adore, I hope in and I love you ... I pray for those who do not, etc. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly, etc." (What follows demonstrates the Trinitarian dimension of the Mass and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as well.)

All Catholic spiritual teaching on prayer and recollection is traditionally embedded in the mystery of the indwelling of the Holy Trinity, and it seems to me the epistles of St. Paul are a sort of gospel of the Holy Spirit. So this talk of forgotten persons in the Trinity strikes me as misleading. The Mass and Eucharistic devotion is incomprehensible without a correct Trinitarian devotion.  This may be the real reason for why fewer attend Mass or observe Sunday as a holy day.

Roman Catholic devotion has been corrupted by silly novelties and false revelations, which leads to major theological error - and apparently, apostasy.  As the Catechism says:  Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such "revelations".

Fatherhood icons of this type 
may be good, but they aren't a solution
or an adequate understanding of the mystery.

That's why I love this song, 'Living for the love of you':

Love to be
Ridin' the waves of your love, enchanted with your touch
And it seems to me
We could sail together in and out of mystery, well
I wanna be livin'
For the love of you, alright now
All that I'm givin'
Is for the love of you; you got me, 
I wanna be livin'
For the love of you, alright now
All that I'm givin', givin'
Is for the love of you, oh, yes, I am
Paradise I have within
Can't feel insecure again
You're the key, well
And this I see, for I see
Now and then I lose my way
Usin' words that try to say
What I feel, yeah
Love is real, oh, love is real, oh
I know that I'm livin'
For the love of you, oh, yes, I am
I know that I'm livin'
For the love, love of you
Every, every day I'm livin'
For love of you
I'm livin' for the love
Each and every day
I'm, oh, whoa, I'm, oh, yes, I am
I wanna say it one more time
Said I'm livin'
For the love of you .... - Ron Isley


  1. Our priest explained the Sign of the Cross as his homily today. Absolutely brilliant and on point for Trinity Sunday! I love our priest!

    1. Sounds great - and again - the Marian connection could be made because of how carefully and devoutly she taught St. Bernadette to make the Sign of the Cross.


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