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Relating to the Holy Trinity

We can spend this week trying to understand the formula of the Trinity, One God in Three Persons, with the Father as Creator, Son as Redeemer and Holy Spirit who proceeds from both. Theologians have sought to explain this, and the differences in how the Trinity is perceived and interpreted remains one of the disagreements that separate the churches of Christ today.

St Louis Marie de Montfort had a clear understanding of the Trinity, given his theological training in the seminary. But Montfort’s spirituality did not focus on understanding the Trinity from an intellectual perspective. Instead, he looked closely at the family of the Trinity, finding that God, in the Three Persons, is indeed a family, with Father and Son, and love between them that is poured into our lives through the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Jewel Aytona, CPM explains this in his Homily below:

Even in his writings about Mary, Montfort does not describe her role and relationship with God in only one single dimension as Mother of Jesus. He places Mary at the heart of the Trinity as Daughter of God the Father, Mother of God the Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and Temple of the Blessed Trinity. That last title, Temple of the Blessed Trinity is especially significant to us as Montfortians. In Mary, God finds his way to us, and through Mary, we find our way to God.

It would be safe to say that no other human has been so close to the heart of the Holy Trinity. So much so that it is not uncommon for clergy and well-formed laity to say that Mary’s heart is connected to the heart of her son, Jesus. And as the Holy Trinity is inseparable, where Jesus is, so too is the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thus, Montfort teaches us that when we cry out to Mary, it is God who responds.

On this week of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, may we reflect on our relationship to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and live like Mary at the heart of the Holy Trinity!

Brian Ooi, Montfortian Gabrielite Associates


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