The Trinity

This Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday. My latest article up at Catholic Exchange discusses the implications of our belief in a Triune God:

The traditional commentary – we cannot go so far as to say explanation – on the Trinity focuses on God the Father’s self-knowledge being itself a Person, the Son, and on the love between them producing another Person, the Spirit. The language is vague and mysterious, as the nature is finally beyond us. Yet we see the same theme echoed in Adam’s first sight of Eve, recognizing in her “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”, capturing a certain loving intimacy and familiarity in the spousal relationship. From this intimacy, of course, comes new life. In the Creed we recite every Sunday, we profess our belief that the Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son” and just so does new life proceed from the union of spouses in a family. Around this fundamental and central social relationship of the family, all of the other structures of a society are formed. The nature of God himself is echoed in our human relationships.

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2 comments on “The Trinity

  1. Anthony Launey says:

    Hello,
    I listened to your discussion of this topic this morning on the sunrise morning show. I am also a science and math teacher at a highschool south of Albuquerque, NM. I have an interest in the manifistations of God and specifically the truths of Catholicism manifested in the natural world. One that has always struck me is the parallel between the dual nature of light and the dual nature of Christ. Light (electro-magnetic radiation) is both particle and wave ( fully both yet incomprehensibly so) and Christ both fully God and fully man. I also don’t think it just a coincidence that Our Lord referred to himself as the light of the world. Since he always spoke on so many levels. I have come across many other parallels. Your description of the trinity was enlightening – I have also thought that the triple point of water is an example of one substance having three simultaneous states – but I think your analogy was better much deeper. As always our faith gives us incredible and infinitely many insights into anything. It is truly the salt of the earth that makes the full flavor of everything come out more and this is especially so with scientific study.

  2. M. B. says:

    Anthony,

    Thanks for listening and for the comments. I agree, while we do always have to be careful with analogies, there are certainly many natural phenomena that echo aspects of God’s nature in remarkable ways. The study of science, for me, is also an exercise in appreciation of God’s artistry. I hope you like the blog!