“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
These words are contained in the Sign of the Cross, which is the most frequently used short, powerful prayer that contains the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity which means Three Persons in ONE God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This is a hard concept to understand and is considered a mystery, but we as Catholics believe and show by blessing ourselves with the Sign of the Cross. We start and end all of our prayers with the Sign of the Cross, as well as Holy Mass.
God the Father is our All-Powerful Creator. God the Son also known as Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. God the Holy Spirit is Love. There is no conflict between the Three Persons in One God. God the Son was obedient unto death to God the Father. God the Holy Spirit is how God the Son became Incarnate. The best example shown how the Holy Trinity works together is through this Bible verse:
“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son with you I am well pleased.’”
Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:7-11
“Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
These words are contained in the Glory Be, a short and important prayer that shows gratitude to the Holy Trinity. Repeat this important prayer as many times a day as you can to find peace and joy in your heart.
St. Augustine and The Holy Trinity
There is a story about St. Augustine and the Holy Trinity. One day, Augustine was walking on the beach taking a break from his writing about the Holy Trinity as he couldn’t figure out this mystery. As he was walking, he saw a little boy who was digging a hole in the sand. After he was done digging the hole in the sand, he went back and forth between the ocean and the hole to fill it with water using his hands. After several times, Augustine asked the little boy what he was doing and he responded by telling him that he was trying to fill the hole with the ocean. Augustine told him that he would never be able to do so and the boy responded “Neither will you be able to fit the Trinity into your mind.” (America The Jesuit Review, 2019)
Resource for the St. Augustine Story
Martin, James. “St. Augustine’s Puzzle: How Can We Understand the Trinity?” America The Jesuit Review, 14 June 2019, https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2019/06/14/st-augustines-puzzle-how-can-we-understand-trinity. Accessed 10 June 2022.
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