11 June 2017

Today, we celebrate the central mystery of our Catholic faith: the Blessed Trinity! How is it possible for God to be one, yet three distinct Persons at the same time? Our mind cannot fully understand how God’s inner life works completely, and that is why the Trinity is a mystery of our faith. A mystery in faith simply means something which we can partially understand, but we will never fully grasp because the mind and essence of God is so infinite and vast while we remain finite creatures. 

     Yet, because God is love (1 John 4:8), He does not leave us in our ignorance because of original sin. Although our intellects are clouded, we can know certain things about God by observing His creation. However, we cannot know certain other truths about Him; God must reveal them to us. The ancient Greeks, for example, understood—Aristotle specifically—that for God to be perfect, He must be one. However, only God Himself could have revealed that He while He is, indeed, one, He lives in a relationship of three distinct, coequal, coexistent Persons. The purpose of God’s revelation to us is that the three Persons want each of us, as God’s highest creation (mankind), to live with Him eternally within His own household, as it were, of heaven. In the very relationship that He lives as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God now wants to share with us, and He wants us to live eternally in His love which He has had forever as the family of the Trinity. This very family is reflected in the Catholic Church uniquely.

     Moreover, God revealed that everything that we need to live with Him here and now so that we can be happy with Him forever is offered to us daily through His Church. He will never leave us bereft of His presence or grace. Our daily life is essentially growing in trust in this very truth. We carry our crosses, celebrate our joys, and work our mundane duties in union with the Blessed Trinity because we know that everything we offer to the Father is most pleasing to Him when we offer it through His Son by the working of the Holy Spirit.

     The Trinity’s greatness is inexhaustible, but one of the aspects of God’s love for us is that He works on our behalf to give us everything we need to be happy with Him eternally. We may not—and often do not—see the importance of those opportunities at the moment. However, because God is infinite and sees the totality of our lives, He knows specifically what we need as the perfect Father to make us a reflection of His own Son. May we honor the one, true God who shares His own familial relationship of love with us and who asks us to be one with His divine family today and for all eternity!    

     May you have a most blessed and holy week!

     Fr. Shawn William Cutler

 

LITANY TO THE BLESSED TRINITY

Blessed be the holy Trinity and undivided Unity. We will give glory to Him, because He has shown His mercy to us.

O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Your Name in all the earth! O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy
Blessed Trinity, hear us. Adorable Unity, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Father from Whom are all things, have mercy on us.
Son through Whom are all things, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost in Whom are all things, have mercy on us.
Holy and undivided Trinity, have mercy on us.
Father everlasting, have mercy on us.
Only-begotten Son of the Father, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, have mercy on us.
Co-eternal Majesty of Three Divine Persons, have mercy on us.
Father, the Creator, have mercy on us.
Son, the Redeemer, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have mercy on us.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, have mercy on us.

Who is, Who was, and Who is to come, have mercy on us.
God Most High, Who inhabits eternity, have mercy on us.
To Whom alone are due all honor and glory, have mercy on us.
Who alone does great wonders, have mercy on us.
Power infinite, have mercy on us.
Wisdom incomprehensible, have mercy on us.
Love unspeakable, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Holy Trinity.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Holy Trinity.

From all evil, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all sin, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all pride, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all love of riches, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all uncleanness, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all sloth, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all inordinate affection, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all envy and malice, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all anger and impatience, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From every thought, word, and deed contrary to Your holy law, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From Your everlasting punishment, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
Through Your abundant loving kindness, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
Through the exceeding treasure of Your goodness and love, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
Through the depths of Your wisdom and knowledge, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
Through all Your unspeakable perfections, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.

We sinners beseech You, hear us.

That we may ever serve You alone, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may worship You in spirit and in truth, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may love You with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, we beseech You, hear us.
That, for Your sake, we may love our neighbor as ourselves, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may faithfully keep Your holy commandments, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may never defile our bodies and souls with sin, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may go from grace to grace, and from virtue to virtue, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may finally enjoy the sight of You in glory, we beseech You, hear us.
That You would vouchsafe to hear us, we beseech You, hear us.

O Blessed Trinity, we beseech You, deliver us.
O Blessed Trinity, we beseech You, save us.
O Blessed Trinity, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.

Our Father
Hail Mary

Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of Heaven,
And worthy to be praised: glorious and highly exalted forever.

Let Us Pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, Who has granted Your servants in the confession of the True Faith, to acknowledge the glory of the Eternal Trinity, and in the power of Your majesty to adore a Unity: we beseech You that by the strength of this Faith we may be defended from all adversity. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.