I love a good mystery.
Fiction and nonfiction.
Police shows, detective stories, murder mysteries. If there’s a whodunit, an unsolved crime … I’m in.
I would have made a great detective.
I love learning more as clues are revealed. Tracking down leads. Trying to think of possible solutions.
It’s incredibly satisfying when the mystery is solved.
But it can get a little frustrating if you can’t solve it.
Just ask Saint Augustine of Hippo.
The story goes that St. Augustine was walking along the beach one day as he took a break from writing his treatise on the Trinity. The great scholar was struggling to understand this great mystery. He saw a young boy who had dug a hole in the sand and was running back and forth between the ocean and the hole, carrying the water in a seashell to the hole. Augustine watched him do this several times and he finally asked, “What are you doing?” The boy answered, “Trying to fill that hole with the ocean.” And Augustine said, “You’ll never fit the ocean in that hole.” The boy said, “Neither will you be able to fit the Trinity into your mind.”
A week from Sunday on June 7th, we’ll celebrate the greatest mystery of our Church … The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
You might say it’s the ultimate unsolved mystery of our life.
In preparation for that celebration, Genuflect investigates the mystery of the Holy Trinity. We look at the history of the doctrine; what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about the Trinity; we’ve gathered several resources that provide different analogies and other ways to think of the Trinity; the history of Trinity Sunday; and a prayer to the Holy Trinity.
We won’t solve the mystery here on Earth, but investigating the mystery and learning more about it will help us draw closer to the Lord. And imagine how satisfying it will be when we reach heaven and the mystery is revealed to us!
You all are in my prayers. Stay safe!
Founding Editor, Genuflect
Catholic Doctrine on The Holy Trinity
If you’re confused by the Trinity (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) this article may not give you much clarity. But what it does bring into focus is the historical evolution of the doctrine, including those that are heretical.
Catholic Doctrine on The Holy Trinity | Catholic Education Resource Center
The Catechism on The Trinity
In trying to better understand the Trinity, it makes sense to start with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here’s what it has to say about this great mystery.
The Trinity – Catechism of The Catholic Church | Catholic News Agency
12 Things About The Trinity
You may have more questions than answers about the Holy Trinity. This article addresses 12 of them ranging from when the word Trinity was first used and what it is to how various aspects of it are proven in the Bible.
12 Things to Know And Share About The Holy Trinity | National Catholic Register
The Trinity Explained
It’s true that the Trinity is a mystery and we will never fully understand it. But Mike Hayes makes a pretty good attempt here to expand our understanding through the use of an analogy, some definitions, and a new way to look at it. It’s worth a read.
What Is The Trinity? | Busted Halo
Engaging With The Trinity
God revealed the mystery of the Trinity to us and though we cannot fully understand everything about it, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. The more we can learn about the Trinity helps us grow closer in our relationship to the Lord.
Know And Love The Mystery of The Blessed Trinity | Integrated Catholic Life
The Trinity as Divine Family
The challenge with celebrating The Feast of The Holy Trinity is that priests have to try to explain the mystery to us … a mystery which we will never fully be able to comprehend. Father Jeffrey Kirby suggests homilists turn to Pope Saint John Paul II’s explanation of the Trinity as the Divine Family. Here’s how it goes.
Making Sense of The Trinity
The Trinity is difficult for believers to understand, so it’s no wonder that non-believers would make a nonsensical argument against it when trying to disprove it. JP Nunez explains how one silly explanation shared by a Jehovah’s Witness on social media really just shows a lack of understanding of the doctrine. And helps add to our understanding in the process.
Making Sense of The Trinity For Its Deniers | Catholic Stand
History of Trinity Sunday
Though we’ve celebrated the Holy Trinity for centuries, it was not always on the church’s calendar. Here’s how it came to be a part of the LIturgical Calendar, why it’s on a Sunday, and specifically the Sunday after Pentecost.
Prayer to The Holy Trinity
Here’s a brief prayer to the Holy Trinity written specifically for the challenges we face now with the Coronavirus pandemic.
A Short Prayer to The Holy Trinity in Time of COVID-19 | St. Louis de Montfort Parish
One God in Three Persons
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is a week from Sunday on June 7th. To make the most of your celebration, begin praying The Holy Trinity Novena this Friday, May 29th. We have the full instructions here.
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