What Jesus has revealed to us, and what the Church, relying on His word, teaches us about the Trinity

Dear Visitors and Parishioners,

June 16, 2019

What Jesus has revealed to us, and what the Church, relying on His word, teaches us about the Trinity, is sufficient to prove the existence of this mystery, but it does not suffice to enable us to understand it. Furthermore, it is the mystery of our faith which is least accessible to human reason, making us realize more than ever the infinite dispro­portion between our intelligence and the divine mysteries, giving us a vivid awareness of the vast distance which separates us, mere creatures that we are, from God, the Supreme Being, the Most High. All this is good-very good-because it makes us  take, with regard to God, an attitude truly proper to creatures: an attitude of humility, of humble acknowledgement of our insufficiency, of respectful self-abasement, of reverent adoration. Thus, when we put ourselves in the presence of the great mystery of the Trinity, we feel the need to repeat humbly, "Nihil sumus, nihil possum us, nihil valemus." We are nothing, we can do nothing, we are worth nothing (St. John Eudes), while at the same time praising the inaccessible greatness of our God: "Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth!" Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts! Though only art holy, Thou only art almighty, Thou only art worthy, Thou alone art He who is.

Unaided reason is blinded by the greatness of the mystery, but this same reason enlightened by faith is not misled. It admits its limitations, and submitting itself to divine revelation, it believes. This act of faith is all the more meritorious and  supernatural, the less it leans on human reasoning. It gives greater honor to God the more blind its adherence to His word. St. Teresa of Jesus says, "The less of a natural foundation these truths had , the more firmly I held them and the greater was the devotion they inspired in me. I saw I had every reason for praising God" (Life, 19). This is the faith of a humble soul in the presence of the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity.

Consideration of the mystery  of  the Trinity inspires us not only with an attitude of humble reverence and  blind  faith,  but  also  with  one  of deep filial love. "This is the characteristic of friend ship," says St. Thomas Aquinas, "that the friend confides his secret s to another." This is also characteristic of the love of God for us, because by revealing to us the mystery of the Trinity, He has unveiled to us the secret of  His intimate life, toward which we had no right to turn our gaze. If we had no other proof of the love of friendship which God has for us,  the revelation  of this mystery would be more than enough to convince us of it. He has confided to us the secrets of  His Heart; He has opened to us the mystery of His personal life  and  has  admitted  us  into  intimacy  with  Himself. All this justly strengthens our conviction of the exceeding charity  with which  God  has  loved  us.

-Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.