Contemplating the Trinity

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Contemplating the Trinity

Sunday is Trinity Sunday (First Sunday after Pentecost). It is an appropriote time to look at the dynamic between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a dynamic that is important to the doctrine and heart beat of the Church.

*Let us live in this love and this happiness, you and I and all of us, in the love of Christ and in contemplation, for this is where we find ourselves and one another as we truly are. It is only in this love that we at last become real. For it is here that we most truly share the life of One God in Three Persons.

*God in His Trinity of subsistent relations infinitely transcends every shadow of selfishness. For the One God does not subsist apart and alone in His Nature. He subsists as Father and as Son and as Holy Spirit. These Three Persons are one, but apart from them God does not also subsist as One. He is not Three Persons, plus one nature therefore four! He is Three Persons but One God. He is at once infinite solitude (one nature) and perfect society (three persons). One infinite Love in three subsistent relations.

The One God Who exists only in Three Persons is a circle of relations in which His infinite reality, Love, is ever identical and ever renewed, always perfect and always total, always beginning and never ending, absolute, everlasting and full.

In the Father the infinite Love of God is always beginning and in the Son it is always full and in the Holy Spirit it is perefect and it is renewed and never ceases to rest in its everlasting source. But if you follow Love forward and backward from Person to Person, you can never track it to a stop, you can never corner it and hold it down and fix it to one of the Persons as if He could appropriate to Himself te fruit of the love of the others. For the One Love of the Three Persons is an infinetly rich giving of Itself which never ends and is never taken, but is always perfectly given, only received in order to be perfectly shared.

It is because the Love of God does not terminate in one self-sufficent self that is capable of halting and absorbing it, that the Life and Happiness of God are absolutely infinite and perfect and inexhaustible. Therefore in God there can be no selfishness, because the Three Selves of God are Three subsistent relations of selflessness, overflowing and superabounding in joy in the Gift of their One Life.

The interior life of God is perfect contemplation. Our joy and our life are destined to be nothing but a participation in the Life that is theirs. In Them we will one day live entirely in God and in one another as the Persons of god live in One another.

As Christ says ‘I in them and Father, You in me, that they may be made perfect in One…and the glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be One as we are One’ and ‘In this shall everyone know you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.’

*Thomas Merton New Seeds of Contemplation

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“A Poem For Good Friday” by Emily Dickinson

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“A Poem For Good Friday” by Emily Dickinson

To know just how he suffered would be dear; To know if any human eyes were near To whom he could intrust his wavering gaze, Until it settled firm on Paradise. To know if he was patient, part content, Was dying as he thought, or different; Was it a pleasant day to die, And did the sunshine face his way? What was his furthest mind, of home, or God, Or what the distant say At news that he ceased human nature On such a day? And wishes, had he any? Just his sigh, accented, Had been legible to me. And was he confident until Ill fluttered out in everlasting well? And if he spoke, what name was best, What first, What one broke off with At the drowsiest? Was he afraid, or tranquil? Might he know How conscious consciousness could grow, Till love that was, and love too blest to be, Meet — and the junction be Eternity?

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Recovering from me

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Recovering from me

For many year I was nothing but self-centered ego with a body and a name. I was only interested in me, my way, my life, my ego. It was a very fatiguing way of life. Letting that portion of my life go was (and still is) a painful process. I hurt so many people. In returned I was hurting myself and more importantly, I was hindering the gifts and calling upon my life. I've been in recovery from myself for quite a while. Fact of the matter is, you probably have been as well. The healing process is a long, steady one.

Following Jesus is obviously not centered around us, but we cannot overlook how we were made / wired. As we live our lives, we slowly become more aware of who we really are - what makes us tick. In our self-awareness, not tending to issues that are possibly laying dormant under the surface of our lives is more detrimental to our faith journeys than we sometimes realize. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them."

Self-hatred, as well as pride, are two of the biggest obstacles of true worship. They distort the true image of God. Since we were made in our God's image, we should treat ourselves as the image-bearers we are. That is itself is an act of worship. When was the last time you let yourself be loved for who you are, and not for who you should be?

“If you want to benefit from [worship], I suggest that you allow yourself to be loved...as you are, and not as you should be. Christianity does not exist in what we do for God, but what God does for us. It always starts with what God does for us. All He asks is that you be astonished at the fact that He bothered at all”. - Brennan Manning.

How effective can we be at loving each other as we love ourselves, if we don't truly allow ourselves to be loved? Read this passage from Psalm 139, and meditate on it. "Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day."

"A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you." -Manley Beasley. Our personal, relational, and spiritual evolution will move us more and more towards Jesus as we pursue truth (John 4:23) and surrender our control to the One in ultimate control. By resolving to allow ourselves to be loved as we are, we will change.

I believe that being at peace with who we are and how we were made (in the image of God), will define how we live and how we treat each other. Ultimately, it will help define the mark that we leave on our society, family legacy, and communities. God's peace be with you as you center yourselves on the unshakable love and acceptance of the Maker of the universe.

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Letting go...

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Letting go...

"The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders and interfering with God's work within us". A.W. Tozer

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