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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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Service is NEVER easy… but definitely rewarding!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 4, 2010

And again on 7/2/10 An offering for the Gulf Disaster

updated 6/29/10

I am updating this post with two more links.  One is a Video and is well worth the watch.  The second is another posting from Mark.  It embraces beautifully what I have posted below.  And as God recently reminded me, I had lamented my lack of posting something new, This is not your blog, Anne, it IS MINE.  I’ll have you update it when necessary. So now I guess “it’s necessary”. =-)

With the world changing rapidly, and my own life following suit, I find myself wondering… what next, Lord? And then I ask:  Am I doing what You want me to do? Followed with a small, can I come home, yet?

The answer is always clear: No, not yet, my child.  I still need your help with My wayward people.

Never in my life have I felt the burden of this calling as I have recently.  So much so that I actually contemplated making a really dumb decision that would affect all that He has done with me.  I almost turned away from His service.

Then a gentle whisper said, Come to Me…read what I have written to you.

This month’s Monthly Message was lying before me in my computer.  I opened the file and stared at the message in disbelief as it spoke DIRECTLY and AT THAT MOMENT to me.  …read what I have written to you…

June 1, 2010

Dearest apostles, are you weary? Do you wonder why My service requires such holiness? I know that you do not always understand the relationship between your suffering and the graces I am sending to others. This is not clear to you when you are carrying heavy crosses that require great trust.

It is this TRUST, a TOTAL TRUST that becomes the heavy cross, especially when doubt surrounds me on all sides!

When you are with Me for eternity, you will understand this connection and you will rejoice that you were willing to remain in My service despite the demands made upon your will. I ask and I ask and again I ask, and you answer, and you answer, and again, you answer.

But Lord, I’m so small, so weak, so inept to serve You well.  Still, not my will, but YOUR WILL be done…

My dear apostles, you are in such a habit of saying yes to Me, that you continue on, day after day. The days are passing, are they not? One after another, days are completed and you have claimed grace for the world.

This is how it has been arranged for you, dearest children of the Father. You are asked to be good and holy and in return, the Father cooperates by keeping your intentions close to His heart.

My intentions…my intentions…families, marriages in distress, my own lack of courage…my intentions…

In this moment, where you have been placed, there is grace. Do you feel it? Do you trust Me? I am with you. I have not abandoned you. Will you resist the temptation to leave Me when I press on your commitment?

Oh my Lord, my God, why have I thought of abandoning You?

If you ask Me for the grace of perseverance, I will give this to you. This is My gift. But you must ask for and then accept this gift.

Help me, Oh Lord, my God!  Give me this gift of perseverance so that I may ALWAYS seek after Your Holy Will!

If you feel like you are failing and yet you are trying to serve as best you can, then you must spend time with Me and examine the concept of failure from heaven’s view.

Where have I fallen short, Lord?  Where do I need correction?  Where can I grow so that I may be in better service to You?

You may find that you are a success in My eyes, even while the world dismisses your contribution.

I have been dismissed, treated most unfairly, accused most unjustly…help me to forgive, Lord!  Help me to always seek after Your Goodness.  I do not understand, Your ways are not mine, but they are greater in their execution of Love.  I so desire to imitate them.

All is well. Do not fear fatigue. Only fear a decision to abandon Me. Remember, I will never leave you. Never.

My Lord and my God, I am not worthy of Your attentions.  Yet, create in me a clean heart, a heart that remembers what You have said; a heart, that turns to You in moments of weakness and forgetfulness, in all humility and love, desiring nothing but You, dearest, sweetest Lord.

Recommended Reading:

The Coming Restoration of the Family

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