Catholics around the world just celebrated Trinity Sunday. It is the Sunday after Pentecost and is a feast day set aside for the praise and adoration of the Most Holy Trinity. “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the hierarchy of the truths of faith” (CCC No. 234). Trinity Sunday is also the day, some priests joke, that heresy is preached from nearly every pulpit. The reason being is that the mystery is nearly impossible to explain without falling into heresy because our time bound souls can barely grasp the idea of eternity let alone a triune God who exists before all eternity; who is “ever ancient ever new.” We shouldn’t shy from delving into and meditating upon the Trinity though. A mystery is an inexhaustible truth that can never fully be understood but the more we meditate on it the deeper we can penetrate into it and the more we can draw from it.
St Augustine is recognized by most theologians as the preeminent scholar of the Trinity. He spent 30 years pondering and writing about the Trinity yet never was fully satisfied by what he had written.
A story tells of him going to the beach to ponder yet again the Mystery of the Trinity and as he was walking along the beach, he saw a boy running back and forth from the ocean to a spot on the beach, carrying water in a seashell, and dropping the water in a little hole in the sand. He asked the boy, “What are you doing?”
“I am trying to put all the sea into this hole!” the boy said.
St. Augustine looked at the hole, which was tiny, and said, “But that is impossible. The hole cannot contain all that water. It is too small.”
“It is no more impossible than what you are trying to do — comprehend the immensity of the mystery of the Holy Trinity with your small mind!”
St. Augustine glanced away from the boy, surprised by the boy’s response. When he turned back the boy he had vanished.
Try and try as we might, we will never completely know the inexhaustible mystery of the Trinity but that should not cause us to shy away from delving into it. God invites daily to enter into communion with Him. St. Augustine’s simplest definition of the Trinity is one of communion. God the Father is the lover, Jesus, His Word is the beloved and the Holy Spirit is the Love that proceeds from and is shared by them. We were created to love and be loved by that same Trinity.
We are all called to be saints and to be one with God. The saints that have gone before us had many things in common but one in particular stands out. That is their time spent in prayer and recollection. Prayerful recollection is remaining in God’s presence in all that we do. When our mind, heart, and soul are reflecting on God it’s as if we are already in heaven. Things of this world are of no consequence then.
I invite you today to spend time delving into the mystery of the Trinity. Start with the sign of the cross; our most simple yet greatest prayer; In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It calls upon the Holy Trinity by name. Reflect on the Glory Be; a simple yet profound prayer. It is found many times in the Liturgy of the Hours and after every decade of the rosary. It reflects on the glory and timelessness of God.
I will leave you with a prayer of St. Elizabeth if the Trinity; a wonderful French Discalced Carmelite nun born in 1880 and died 1906. She was just recently canonized.
Holy Trinty Whom I Adore
O my God, Trinity whom I adore, let me entirely forget myself that I may abide in You, still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity; let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from You, O my unchanging God, but that each moment may take me further into the depths of Your mystery ! Pacify my soul! Make it Your heaven, Your beloved home and place of Your repose; let me never leave You there alone, but may I be ever attentive, ever alert in my faith, ever adoring and all given up to Your creative action.
O my beloved Christ, crucified for love, would that I might be for You a spouse of Your heart! I would anoint You with glory, I would love You – even unto death! Yet I sense my frailty and ask You to adorn me with Yourself; identify my soul with all the movements of Your soul, submerge me, overwhelm me, substitute Yourself in me that my life may become but a reflection of Your life. Come into me as Adorer, Redeemer and Saviour.
O Eternal Word, Word of my God, would that I might spend my life listening to You, would that I might be fully receptive to learn all from You; in all darkness, all loneliness, all weakness, may I ever keep my eyes fixed on You and abide under Your great light; O my Beloved Star, fascinate me so that I may never be able to leave Your radiance.
O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into
my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to Him a super-added humanity wherein He renews His mystery; and You O Father, bestow Yourself and bend down to Your little creature, seeing in her only Your beloved Son in whom You are well pleased.
O my `Three’, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in whom I lose myself, I give myself to You as a prey to be consumed; enclose Yourself in me that I may be absorbed in You so as to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your Splendour ! Happy Trinity Sunday! Please see https://www.biblegateway.com for relevant Bible verses.