God Is A Family!
The huge billboards put up recently by an
advertising agency all over the city
got big attention. They just contained
sentence in white on a black background
out a striking statement from God.
"Let's meet at my house Sunday
the game. -God."
"What part of 'Thou Shalt Not...'
you understand? -God."
"We need to talk. -God."
"My way is the highway. -God."
"Have you read my #1 best seller?
will be a test. -God."
"Do you have any idea where you're
And my personal favorite...
"Don't make me come down there.
Sometimes God hits the headlines even
the secular media! This Sunday is Trinity
Sunday, a day when one of the central
of our Catholic faith is celebrated.
Intensity Of God
It was Pope John XXII who in 1334 extended
to the universal Church the Solemnity
the Most Holy Trinity. A thousand years
the great Ecumenical Councils of Nicea
and Constantinople (381) had defined
essential truth of the faith, that
one Divine Nature there are three Divine
Trinity Sunday is however not so much
of a doctrine but of a Family. God
a lonely being, aloof from everything
lack of equals, a solitary who creates
world to dispel idleness. He is a Trinity
of persons. He is a communion.
A family so much in love that they
in us and for us. We become sons and
of the Father, brothers and sisters
Son and temples of the Holy Spirit.
be it marriage, family, civil society,
be patterned on this Eternal Communion.
vitality of this God puts everything
St. Gregory Nazianzen, one of the earlier
Fathers of the Church, explains how
us for the revelation of this sublime
by the progressive revelation He provided
in Sacred Scripture.
"The Old Testament proclaimed
clearly, but the Son more obscurely.
New Testament revealed the Son and
a glimpse of the divinity of the Spirit.
Now the Spirit dwells among us and
us a clearer vision of himself."
Let Us Dance!
The Greek Fathers of the Church describe
the life of the Trinity as PERICHORESIS
two Greek words, namely peri - around
choresis - dancing. They see the Trinity
as three persons dancing around! Three
with one dance.
Though seemingly irreverent at first,
insight is very profound. A divine
where the Father goes out to the Son
gives all - all His wisdom, power,
life. But the Son moves out towards
and in turn gives him back all his
power, love and life. This mutual self-giving
is the Holy Spirit, the giving and
between Father and Son. Their inmost
is this mutual self-giving. God is
And more! The most amazing thing is
this dance of the Trinity is not simply
dance to be observed. God invites US
the dance. God who creates invites
share in the work of creation; God
invites us to share in the work of
God who sanctifies, invites us to engage
in living this adventure of holiness.
are made for self-giving. Like God,
A Feast Of The Heart
It is a fact that there is disorder
of our homes. More than half of marriages
wind up in the divorce court. Many
problems between parents and children.
rhetoric usually generates more heat
light. There is disorder EVEN within
This Feast comes to help us look at
of our life. It invites us to fashion
lives on them, The Family Of Love.
Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity was
nun, contemporary to Saint Therese
She will be canonized in the year 2000.
fashioned all her life on the Trinity.
act of oblation is sublime and real
my God, Trinity whom I adore! Help
become utterly forgetful of self, that
may bury myself in Thee, as changeless
as calm as though my soul were already
eternity . . . O my Three, my All,
Infinite Solitude, Immensity wherein
myself! I yield myself to Thee as Thy
Bury Thyself in me that I may be buried
Thee, until I depart to contemplate
light the abyss of Thy greatness!"
She used to say : " I have found
heaven on earth, since heaven is God,
God is in my soul." What wisdom!
A little boy's prayer. "Dear God,
take care of my daddy and my mommy
sister and my brother and my doggy
Oh, please take care of yourself, God.
anything happens to you, we're gonna
a big mess."
I say Amen to that!
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