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SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

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SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

Catholics believe in a Triune God. This central mystery of our faith through which all teachings flow from tells us that God is one in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Many images have been used to help us understand this mystery, for example, the shamrock, apples, tree, and the different states of water from gas to liquid to solid. The divine persons of the Trinity are distinct from one another and are relative to one another. “It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds. The divine Unity is Triune” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 254). As Catholics, we are baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. We sign ourselves with the Sign of the Cross as a prayer, a blessing, and a reminder that we are baptized into the body of Christ. We celebrate the Most Holy Trinity the Sunday after Pentecost as the “finale to all the preceding feasts. All three Persons contributed to and shared in the work of redemption.” As we hear in the Gospel today, “God so loved the world as to give His only-begotten Son.” The Son, became man and died for us, and is our redeemer and Savior. After the Ascension of Jesus, God sent the Holy Spirit as our Advocate, Guide, and Counselor. Father, Son and Holy Spirit – One God, Three Persons!

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