Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for June 12, 2022

Reflection for June 12, 2022

The mystery of the Trinity

Love is central to the relationship of Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier

by Sister Laura Zelten

This weekend we celebrate Trinity Sunday. Of all the mysteries of our faith, the Trinity can be the hardest to understand. We are all familiar with different images of explaining the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaf clover. St. Bonaventure described the Trinity as a “fountain fullness” of overflowing love. These images are helpful but they do not tell the whole mystery of how God exists as both one and three. 

As I pondered how to write this reflection it came to me that the Trinity demonstrates to us a God of relationship.  What binds the three together is love, and love is the key to understanding the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. So, instead of trying to understand the mystery of the Trinity, what if we try to understand the Trinity as the overflowing love of God, which, writes St. Paul in the second reading, “has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”. Such an enduring love calls us to praise God’s holy name.


Mary Pierre
06/10/2022 10:00 am

Thank you so much. Always appreciate your insights. They give me lots to think about.

06/10/2022 10:08 am

Thank you, Sr. Laura, for reminding us that we need overflowing love and we are Love. Sending peace & love.

Debra Haven
06/10/2022 10:22 am

"Holy God We Praise Your Name", my dad would sing this song while making a large breakfast for us after Sunday Mass. Another sign of God's earthly love.

Irene Whatley
06/10/2022 10:57 am

I accepted the mysteries of our religion in school. We do not understand them, only God does. I am happy that I do not have to try to tell people how to understand them.

Rev. William J. Jacobs, Jr.
06/10/2022 6:25 pm

Nice job in attaching "Love" to this weekend. It reminded me of the old Music Hit, "Love makes the world go around.."

Thanks for sharing - Father Bill

My Best To everyone! Sure do miss you folks!

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