“O eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea”

O Eternal God! O Eternal Trinity! Through the union of Thy divine nature Thou hast made so precious the Blood of Thine only-begotten Son! O eternal Trinity, Thou art as deep a mystery as the sea, in whom the more I seek, the more I find; and the more I find, the more I seek. For even immersed in the depths of Thee, my soul is never satisfied, always famished and hungering for Thee, eternal Trinity, wishing and desiring to see Thee, the True Light.

O eternal Trinity, with the light of understanding I have tasted and seen the depths of Thy mystery and the beauty of Thy creation. In seeing myself in Thee, I have seen that I will become like Thee. O eternal Father, from Thy power and Thy wisdom clearly Thou hast given to me a share of that wisdom which belongs to Thine Only-begotten Son. And truly hast the Holy Spirit, who procedeth from Thee, Father and Son, given to me the desire to love Thee.

O eternal Trinity, Thou art my maker and I am Thy creation. Illuminated by Thee, I have learned that Thou hast made me a new creation through the Blood of Thine Only-begotten Son because Thou art captivated by love at the beauty of Thy creation.

O eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea, what greater gift could Thou givest me then Thy very Self? Thou art a fire that burns eternally yet never consumed, a fire that consumes with Thy heat my self-love. Again and again Thou art the fire who taketh away all cold heartedness and illuminateth the mind by Thy light, the light with which Thou hast made me to know Thy truth.

By this mirrored light I know Thou are the highest good, a good above all good, a fortunate good, an incomprehensible good, an unmeasurable good, a beauty above all beauty, a wisdom above all wisdom, for Thou art wisdom itself, the the food of angels, the fire of love that Thou givest to man.

Thou art the garment covering our nakedness. Thou feedest our family with Thy sweetness, a sweetness Thou art from which there is no trace of bitterness. O Eternal Trinity! Amen.

St Catherine of Siena

10 Responses to ““O eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea”

1. Adam Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 12:31 pm

This is glorious. Thanks for sharing it. As usual, the Pontificators do not disappoint.

2. dilys Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 2:06 pm

Just for fun, I tracked back to the web site that apparently yielded this, and it’s one man’s little outpost of beauty. Even the portal is a nice visit for a hot Sunday afternoon as the light changes. The Ponts keep good company
http://www.philipresheph.com/

3. Fuinseoig Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 4:48 pm

Thanks for this beauty and sanity (have been wading in some really out there lunancy and the contrast is refreshing).

Ah, we’d miss you so badly if you had given it all up…

4. Common Senser Says:
July 31st, 2005 at 8:55 pm

These are not new conclusions but ones that need to be stated when discussing the Trinity and related matters:

Dividing God into three parts violates the first Commandment and substituting God in place of any reference to the Father or th Holy Spirit or the Son of God works quite well. O God who art in Heaven………….. Bless Us God and these thy gifts………

5. Michael Liccione Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 1:24 am

CS:

The Catholic Church does not teach that God is numerically divided into parts, like a three-leaf shamrock clover, as if each person of the Trinity were only part of God and God needed to be composed of such parts. Each person is fully God and is the same God as the others. What distinguishes them from each other are the relations, not the substance.

Best,
Mike

6. Converger Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 9:49 pm

ML:

Hmmmm, I don’t remember hearing or seeing the relationship theory lately. But abstract theories do abound. So lets see each person is fully God but with names dependent on the occasion? Makes more sense to take God out of JC, leaving two but this Spirit/Ghost, fellow or gal is just another Augustine invention like original sin so that substance is out leaving as I said one God of any Substance.

Just too much abstracting embellishment in the early Church for my sence of the common sense!!!!

7. Michael Liccione Says:
August 2nd, 2005 at 10:29 pm

Converger:

Some Orthodox thinkers accuse the West of modalism. Some Catholic thinkers accuse the East of tritheism. Neither charge is justified. In the Catholic tradition, to say that the Persons are distinguished by their relations does not mean that their “names” are “dependent on the occasion.” It means that the Father is distinguished from the Son as generator to generated; the Spirit is distinguished from them as proceeding, principally from the Father and secondarily from the Son. Such are eternal and necessary relations, not ad hoc names for some-or-other “occasion.”

The Holy Spirit is not an invention of Augustine. He is repeatedly mentioned and invoked in the New Testament. As for the claim that original sin is an invention of Augustine—well, he and the Catholic Church disagree. I’ll go with them.

Best,
Mike

8. Fuinseoig Says:
August 3rd, 2005 at 7:08 am

“Makes more sense to take God out of JC, leaving two”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we already kick Arius’ butt on this one?

9. Converger Says:
August 3rd, 2005 at 9:39 pm
For the sake of common sense, it is time to revisit Arius.

For the sake of Ghosts around the Universe, it is time to bust them!!!

10. Fuinseoig Says:
August 4th, 2005 at 7:13 am

Why stop at Arius? Why not Mithra? After all, the demiurgic explanation neatly deals with the problem of evil.

And the Sephirotic Tree is perennially popular, whether you are into Quabbalah/Kabbala/Cabala…