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Celebration of the Most Holy Trinity and Father’s Day…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 19, 2011

The Holy Trinity Explained in Picture…

The Divine Persons are really distinct from one another. “God is one but not solitary.” “Father,” “Son,” “Holy Spirit” are not simply names designating modalities of the Divine Being, for they are really distinct from one another: “He is not the Father who is the Son, nor is the Son He who is the Father, nor is the Holy Spirit He who is the Father or the Son.” They are distinct from one another in Their relations of origin: “It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds.” The Divine Unity is Triune. ~CCC§254

The celebration of the Feast of the Holy Trinity is so complimentary to the celebration of Father’s Day, and visa versa, that the two are placed on the same day.  One is celebration the Divine while the other celebrates the human in imitation of the Divine…  Huh?

Let me demonstrate what I mean…

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that…

“The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church.”  It is a community of faith, hope, and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church, as is evident in the New Testament… cf. Eph 5:21; 6: 4; Col 3:18-21; 1 Pet 3:1-7 . ~CCC§2204, emphasis added.

In other words…

The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father’s work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task. ~CCC§2205, emphasis added.

What was it that Jesus commanded the disciples to do before He was taken into heaven?  To Baptize – in the name of the Father, the Son AND the Holy Spirit – and to make disciples teaching them all that Christ had taught.  What is the job of the family? 

To teach their children the Love of Christ and all that He had commanded them.  To baptize them (or in most cases, to have them baptized), in the name of the Father, and of the Son, AND of the Holy Spirit.  Thus modeling to the world the unity of the Holy Trinity in their LOVE for God and each other!

And who is the head of the Christian Family?  The Dad, the Father, Pops, take your pick… 🙂

The Catechism of the Catholic Church also teaches us…

The ultimate end of the whole divine economy is the entry of God’s creatures into the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity (cf. Jn 17:21-23). But even now we are called to be a dwelling for the Most Holy Trinity: “If a man loves Me,” says the Lord, “he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our home with him (cf. Jn 14:23)”. ~CCC§260, emphasis added.

I LOVE my Daddy!

So Dads…you really do have quite the responsibility here.  Wouldn’t asking the Holy Trinity for help be a wise thing to do?  After all, St. Paul instructs husbands to reflect Christ…

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.

He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”(cf. Gen 2:24).  This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church…

however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. ~Eph 5: 25-33

Which if the Father, the Dad, Pops…is doing all he can for his family IN the LOVE of CHRIST, then he will have earned the respect of his wife and kids without even trying.  So I am giving ALL FATHERS this opportunity to ask for the help of the Holy Trinity so that your life can reflect Christ and His LOVE for the Church.  Are you ready?

Prayer to the Holy Trinity (attributed to Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity):

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me forget myself entirely so to establish myself in You, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my unchanging God, but may each minute bring me more deeply into your mystery! Grant my soul peace. Make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and the place of Your rest. May I never abandon You there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, and wholly given over to Your creative action.

Happy Father’s Day!

May God Bless You All with His Abundant Graces!

Dads, I highly recommend the following reading…It’s about your vocation as Husband and Father!  (Way to go, Mark!)

A Priest in My Home II

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