"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all"
2 Cor 13:13
Fr Ranerio Cantalamessa says,
"We cannot wrap our arms around the ocean, but we can enter into it. We cannot encompass the mystery of the Trinity with our minds, but we can enter into it!"
Gazing on the Trinity, he explains, is the most powerful way to overcome
"the hateful divisions in the world"
"the great unhappiness in the world"
"the allure of false beauty"
. The Trinity also shows us the true path towards unity.
Let us explore the mystery of the Trinity. How can we give expression to that which knows no bounds? Surely the best way to know the ocean would be to approach it and lose oneself in it? The same must be true of the Trinity. We must not try to HOLD this mystery, but to let IT hold us. Pope John Paul ll has said that the greatest challenge for the new millennium is to make the Church the home and school of communion and that, before making any practical plans, we need to promote a spirituality of communion. He said a spirituality of communion is above all
"the heart's contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity dwelling in us."
Instead of thinking of the Trinity in terms of an ocean, I would like to think of it as a vast, still body of water, stretching to infinity. The few words of reflection that I give are like little drops - their contribution to the water is minimal, almost imperceptible. But just as the splash of a drop can give a sound that echoes in the silence, sending out ripples, allow the short phrases to echo and reverberate within you, let them penetrate the inner silence of your heart:
"To all those who have been chosen in the foresight of God the Father, to be made holy by the Spirit, obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance."
(1 Peter 1:2)
"God has revealed his innermost secret. God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange"
"When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning."
"Contemplation of the Holy Trinity destroys all discord."
(St. Sergius of Radonezh 14th Century)
"It is the Holy Spirit that calls to mind within us the words of Jesusand imparts to us the knowledge of the universal fatherhood of God that enables us to live as brothers and sisters."
(Giacomo Bini OFM)
"Hardly a day passes in our lives without our experience of inner or outer fears, anxieties, apprehensions and preoccupations. These dark powers have pervaded every part of our world to such a degree that we can never fully escape them. Still it is possible not to belong to these powers, not to build our dwelling place among them, but to choose the house of love as our home. This choice is made not just once and for all but by living a spiritual life, praying at all times and thus breathing God's breath. Through the spiritual life we gradually move from the house of fear to the house of love (which is the Trinity)."
(Henri Nouwen - Behold the beauty of the Lord)
God, we praise you: Father all-powerful, Christ Lord and Saviour, Spirit of love.You reveal yourself in the depths of our being, drawing us to share in your life and your love.One God, three Persons, be near to the people formed in your image, close to the world your love brings to life.
(Opening Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Trinity)
"You are the children of God, so God has given you the Spirit of his Son to form your hearts and make you cry out: Abba Father"
(Communion Antiphon - Holy Trinity)
John Paul ll said that a spirituality of communion means being able to see the light of the mystery of the Trinity dwelling in us, shining on the face of the brothers and sisters around us. This means, therefore, that to see the mystery of the Trinity in others, we must contemplate it ourselves first and reflect it. It is in reflecting what we have seen, that we perceive it in others. This is very much a Poor Clare way of praying. St. Clare wants us to look into the mirror of Christ every day.