I know I am not a Hollywood star and others are handsome by far. My face I don’t mind it for I am behind it. It is the people out there who get to know it by far who are getting the jar. And so is the explanation of who I am. I have entrusted in my final Will to inscribe on my tomb stone, “Here lays the shell of a man with the nut removed.” Now I will make a feeble attempt to explain who God is in the Blessed Trinity.
We are baptized in the name of the Trinity; we do the sign of the cross in the name of the Trinity. Our Blessed Lord spoke of the Trinity that we are to go and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Our Blessed Lord did not say in the names of because there is only one nature of God. The Trinity means there are three persons in God and only one nature. Nature answers the question of what something is and person answers the question who someone is.
A person in the Trinity is not someone who has hands beard and feet but person in the Blessed Trinity means someone in relationship. For example there is a road that runs from Chicago to New York and there is a road that runs from New York to Chicago. It’s the same road but it is a different road under a different relationship. Out of one thing you get a multiple. Remember your chemistry. Water is H2O that is its nature. It has only one nature. But it is possible to have various relationships in that one nature. Water can be steam, ice and a liquid. Are they a different nature from the nature of H2O—The answer is no. The Sun has one nature but its nature has both light and heat.
I am planning here to explain the mystery of the Blessed Trinity to you and if you understand my explanation clearly then I have failed to explain the Trinity because it is a mystery. Nevertheless I will start with the idea of life itself and proceed to the idea of the Trinity which I may is a relationship much like the relationship of a family in love.
Life, what is it? There is much I know about my life and there is much that I do not know. But we all live some kind of life in a variety of ways and means. The obvious element of life is that we associate life with movement or activity. If we see an animal lying motionless in the field we would think it was not alive. When a child is full of exuberance and joy we tend to think the child is so full of life. When we come to a more scientific explanation of life we term life either as immanent being in the inside and transitive coming from the outside.
An immanent life generates its own movement. Plants take in minerals, sun and water and plants move by growing adding cell upon cell. Animals as well but they have the ability to move from one place to another, whereas the plant does not. An Animal therefore is a higher life. It can sense the call of its master’s voice. When we come to people we can do all that the plant and animal does but we can think thoughts and make things from those thoughts through instruments of our making.
On the other hand we say something is transitive when within itself there is no ability on its own to make movement. A radiator however does not generate its own heat but conducts it so we term a radiator as being transitive. Light that comes from phosphorous is transitive. It has no power in itself but passes heat or light through it. A stone that rolls down the hill is transitive since someone rolled it down the hill. The stone has not the capability of immanent movement.
Life from the inside is immanent. The law of immanency is that the greater the immanent activity the higher the life. The more the activity is in the inside of the living thing the higher it is. Man on this planet is the highest life.
Man has knowledge and love. First of all man thinks thoughts like faith, justice; hope. Where do these thoughts come from? Man does not see fortitude walking down the street. He does not see relationship climbing a hill. Where did man get these ideas? Your mind generated them. You have the ability to beget ideas.
Now when we come to the mind to generate thoughts, those thoughts or fruit of the mind stays in the mind and can be called upon when needed again and again. Thoughts are distinct from the mind but are never separated from the mind. It may be said that man creates through instrumentation. However when we get to the immanence of God the highest Life, God thinks and creates without instrumentation. We have a will and we can choose. We can love and we have the power to love that which we think about. God however is love and wills love into His creation.
God is perfect life; with perfect immanent activity. God thinks a thought or a word. The word of God is distinct from him but is not separate from him, just as our thoughts are distinct from us but are not separate from us. God has only one thought and in that one thought or word is all the knowledge that is possible. — That thought is all things that are known and that can be known. In the Gospel of John we find that the word became flesh. Jesus Christ is the word that became flesh the second person of the Trinity. Jesus Christ is the eternal word of God the Father.
God generates an eternal life. Who generates life in the human order? The father and the father generates the son. So rather than calling God who thinks the thinker and instead of calling the thought or the word of God just the thought we call God the Father who is the life giver and the eternal thought of God—is the eternal son. Thou art my son this day I have begotten thee, so says the Psalmist. The Son of God became the Son of Man is Jesus Christ our Lord who tells us he is Truth.
Now let us look at the third person of the Blessed Trinity. We not only think but we also love. Love is a relationship. It is a movement toward that which is loved to unite it to oneself. I love you because I am communicating to you truth. Love is not something in me or something in you. Love is a mysterious bond that unites us both. Love therefore is to be understood as to something that unites. It is true that although love is distinct from the thought it proceeds from the thought and the thinker.
God loves his perfection. The eye loves sight the ear loves sound. Sight is the perfection of the eye and sound is the perfection of the ear. The perfection of God the Father is God the Son. Love is the mysterious bond that unites the two. That love cannot express itself totally by canticles and poems but can only express itself as a sigh or a breath. All deep love is speechless. The love that unites Father and Son is holy breath or the Holy Spirit, Holy Love. True love for another unites man in marriage where the two are one flesh who beget sons and daughters to make a family. So God the Father loves the Son and God the Son loves the Father and the Love between them is God the Holy Spirit all in a family relationship. Just as the color of a rose and the beauty of the rose is one so God too is one. 1 times 1 times 1 does not make three but only one. And Now we know that God the Father is Life and God the Son is Truth and God the Holy Spirit is love. So when we really love God the Blessed Trinity we can sigh the poem of John Donne and profoundly espouse —
Batter my heart, three-person’d God ; for you