Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan +J.M.J.
We often think about the Most Blessed Trinity. But how little we understand!
Today, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we reflect on this Mystery. Here are some important truths about the Most Blessed Trinity.
1. In the one and only God there are Three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. Each of the Three Persons is distinct, but each is united and is equal in majesty and splendor to the other Two Persons.
3. Each of the Three Persons shares the Divine Essence.
4. The Son, Who is the Second of the Three Persons in God, proceeds by way of generation from the Father.
5. The Holy Spirit, Who is the Third of the Three Persons in God, proceeds by way of spiration from the Father and the Son.
6. All the activities in which God is involved outside of Himself are common to the Three Persons, even though: A.) Creation is especially attributed to the Father; B.) Redemption is especially attributed to the Son; C.) Sanctification is especially attributed to the Holy Spirit.
In this morning’s Homily during the Holy Mass that marked the conclusion of the VII World Meeting of Families that occurred at Milan’s North Park near the Bresso Airport, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
urges us to commit ourselves to live our communion with God and with one another according to the model of Trinitarian communion. We are called to receive and to pass on the truths of faith in a spirit of harmony, to live our love for each other and for everyone, sharing joys and sufferings, learning to seek and to grant forgiveness, valuing the different charisms under the leadership of the Bishops. In a word, we have been given the task of building Church communities that are more and more like families, able to reflect the beauty of the Trinity and to evangelize not only by word, but I would say by “radiation,” in the strength of living love.
As we contemplate the truth of the “Three in One,” may we love the Most Blessed Trinity and one another.
Mary, you who are the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son and the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us!