“Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has shown us his merciful love.” (Entrance Antiphon, Trinity Sunday)
“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'. The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men ‘and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin’ “ (Catechism #234)
Human thinking, intellect, and language are inadequate to fully explain this reve- lation of One God in three Divine Persons. The Triune God can best be illus- trated by the life and love of a Christian who seeks to live the mystery of the Trinity with unwavering faith.
As the water washes over us at baptism, the words that are spoken are “I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We began our new life in the name of the Triune God.
The Catechism teaches us: “The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ [Son] and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (1279)
Throughout our lives, we begin and end prayer with the sign of the Cross, invoking the wonderful name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The entirety of our life must be a reflection of the love of the Holy Trinity. God, the Blessed Trinity, is a communion of love - the love of the Father for the Son and of the Son for the Father - in the unity of the Holy Spirit. God's Trinitarian love is a love which seeks to give itself.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son...” (John 3:16) The Son gives himself in turn to his Father and to us: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” and “Take this all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, given up for you.”
God bless you all, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
First Friday Devotions:
I am pleased to announce, after prayer and consideration and discussion with the daily Mass goers, that the First Friday devotion will be offered at St. Paul’s beginning June 1st.
What First Friday is: A devotion to the Sacred Heart in reparation for all sacrilege, blasphemy, and indifference shown to God.
How will First Friday be observed?
8:00 am Mass, in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass), followed by exposition, adoration, and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
When? Every First Friday of the Month, beginning on June 1st, with Mass at 8:00 am.