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Sunday, June 2, 1996

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Holy Trinity

Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
Daniel 3
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

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3 in 1 in me

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!" —2 Corinthians 13:13

If you are a committed Catholic, you have probably said several times today: "In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." You said this before and after Mass, rosary, meal prayers, other prayers, etc. You also blessed yourself in the name of the Trinity when you entered and left the church. Why do you keep doing this? Is it just a habit you picked up in your childhood, or do you believe in the Holy Trinity?

Are you preoccupied with the fact that you have been and are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? (see Mt 28:19) Are you immersed in the three relationships in one, overwhelmingly aware that the Holy Trinity literally lives within you? Do you greet Christians with a holy kiss because you believe they have the Trinity in them? (see 2 Cor 13:12) Do you reverence the persons of all people because they may or will have the Trinity in them? (see 1 Pt 2:17) Are you sexually pure because of your awareness of the Trinity in you? (see 1 Cor 6:19) Did you ever turn off the TV because you knew the Father, Son, and Spirit in you would not approve of the programs?

May the Holy Spirit of Pentecost sensitize you to the Trinity in you.

Prayer:  Father, Son, and Spirit, may everything in my life be in Your names, not my name.

Promise:  "Yes, God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life." —Jn 3:16

Praise:  "Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen."

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 29, 1995

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 4, 1995