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Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:22-31
Romans 5:1-5
Psalm 8
John 16:12-15

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the christian's passion for the trinity

"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. When He comes, however, being the Spirit of truth He will guide you to all truth." —John 16:12-13

If no one had ever taught you to pray "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," would you pray in this way because of your personal experience of the three Persons of the Trinity? Is the Trinity only a doctrine about something or a revelation about Someone? Is your attitude toward the Trinity merely cerebral, or are you passionate about the Trinity, Who is Love? St. Gregory of Nazianzus, called "The Theologian," taught: "Above all guard for me this great deposit of faith for which I live and fight, which I want to take with me as a companion, and which makes me bear all evils and despise all pleasures: I mean the profession of faith in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Catechism, 256). Is your life in the Trinity so personal and practical that it makes you "bear all evils and despise all pleasures"?

The Lord has prepared us for this Trinity Sunday by giving us a new Pentecost, following the forty days of Lenten penance and the fifty days of Easter celebration, concluding with the Pentecost novena. What better day than today, this Trinity Sunday, for the Spirit of truth to guide us to all truth (Jn 16:13), even the depths of the Triune God? (1 Cor 2:10) What better day for the Holy Spirit to pour out into our hearts the love of the Trinity? (Rm 5:5) Come, Holy Spirit! Lead us today much deeper into the heart of Trinitarian life and love!

Prayer:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, renew my baptism into You. May I be preoccupied with Your love.

Promise:  "I was His delight day by day, playing before Him all the while, playing on the surface of His earth; and I found delight in the sons of men." —Prv 8:30-31

Praise:  "Praise the Holy Trinity, undivided Unity, holy God, mighty God, God immortal, be adored!"

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert A. Stricker, December 13, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 2003