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How do we figure out right from wrong, talk to God, comprehend the nature of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit, and understand what bishops, priests and deacons actually do? Watch “Catholic Central,” of course. Just be prepared for the kids to ask some very interesting questions!
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We Explain the Trinity to You – Or, At Least, We Make Good Start
How can one Supreme Being be three Divine Persons? It’s not magic, but it can get complicated.
The Trinity: three persons, one deceptively simple concept that has spawned dozens of theological headaches over the centuries! Kai and Libby try to explain what the Trinity means and what the implications of it are for Catholics today without falling into any major heresies.
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- Which person of the Trinity do you most closely feel connected to? Why?
- How might you deepen your relationship with each person of the Trinity?
- In considering the Trinity as a relationship or community of love, how does that Image of God affect your understanding of God, your understanding of love, and your understanding of community?
Take a moment to reflect on each person of the Trinity. Ask God for the grace to draw closer to Him in the three persons of the Trinity. Reflect on ‘Father’ or ‘Loving Parent’ and see what images or feelings come up in response. Simply notice. Sit with the feelings and images, trusting in God’s triune presence with you. Next, reflect on ‘Son’ or ‘Savior’ or ‘Messiah’, or ‘Emmanuel/God-with-us”, the Incarnate God. What is your image of Jesus? What feelings come up in relation to him? Notice and sit with them. Lastly, reflect on ‘Holy Spirit’. What does The Spirit bring up for you? Notice the images and feelings that come to mind. Take another moment to see what invitations you might be receiving from God, if they come to you more particularly through a distinct person of the Trinity. Take time to thank God for this period of prayer and reflection. See how you notice the presence of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with you throughout the day.
Reflection by Father Vince Kuna, C.S.C.
As the headiest of Catholic doctrines, it makes sense that the best way to approach the teaching is through intellectual pursuit. Using the Ordinary Time volume of the Office of Readings (weeks 1-17), read up on the two Trinity Sunday readings. The first is 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. What does St. Paul say about the Trinity that helps your understanding of it? Do the same with the second non-scriptural reading from the first letter to Serapion by St. Athanasius that follows Paul’s letter.
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“Catholic Central” hosts Kai and Libby take their Catholic faith seriously but not themselves, entertaining and informing viewers on Church history and doctrine. Fun and fact-filled, Gabriel Award-winning episodes address a wide range of topics and questions. We want to be central to your faith. Watch, laugh and learn!