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THE MYSTERY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY : ITS BENEFIT TO MAN AND THE WORLD

"In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt.28:19).

These words, my friends, were first spoken by our Divine Savior, shortly before His Ascension back into His heavenly home. They are words we first learned upon our mother's knee. With patience and difficulty she aided us and taught us to trace on our forehead, breast and shoulders the sign of the cross, the symbol of our faith in the Most Blessed Trinity. Soon we grew to make with ease the sign of the cross unaided, and learned to say the words: "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." We did not know what it all meant at the time, but we knew that it pleased our dear parents very much. 

However, as we grew older and attended our catechetical instruction, the first questions that we were asked were: "Who made you? Who is God? How many Gods are there?" We answered the last by saying: "One God and three Divine Persons." "Name the three Divine Persons," and we answered: "God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost." It was then that we began to understand more fully the meaning of the words we had learned upon mother's knee, namely, the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. Today, we shall continue with the subject of the Holy Trinity, and see what benefits this mystery has brought to mankind and the world.

(O Jesus, assist us with Thy grace!)

Benefits to the world in general.--In acquiring human knowledge, we start with the most simple and proceed to the more abstract and complicated studies. Thus, for example, we  begin with the A, B, C's, before we learn to read. We learn to count from one up before we begin to add and subtract. But with our religion, it is different. We seem to begin with the most difficult and incomprehensible mystery of the Holy Trinity. After we are able to make the sign of the cross, we were told that it was God the Father Who created us, God the Son Who redeemed us, and God the Holy Ghost Who sanctified us. 

From this faith in the Most Holy Trinity, like the mustard seed spoken of in the Gospel, we begin to grow in the knowledge and love of God. This seed of faith takes root and spreads out its branches, covering all other revealed truths of our holy religion. The fruits of this faith, we are to garner partly here on earth, but especially in heaven. 

Hence, the Holy Trinity is the foundation stone of our hope, the source of all our merits, the beginning of our sanctification and the root of our justification; in a word, the cause of our salvation. Can I understand the meaning of all this? No. But our salvation does not depends solely upon our understanding, but rather in our believing in the truthfulness of God. God has revealed the mystery of the Holy Trinity to me, and that suffices..  "For if we cannot believe God, to whom shall we go?" And what should prevent us from loving, honoring and adoring one God in three Divine Persons? Because we cannot drink all the water in a spring or well, may we not at least partake of as much as is good for us? We cannot look with fixed gaze upon the sun, but may we not use its light for our needs? If our poor human vision is too weak to penetrate the inaccessible light of the Blessed Trinity, we may nevertheless venerate and honor the source from which all heavenly blessings flow, and unite with the Angels who unceasingly praise the Holy Trinity, crying: "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was, Who is, and Who is to come!" (Apoc.4:8).

Frequently, we are inclined not to appreciate the blessings we enjoy until they are taken from us. Consider, for example, health, wealth, or happiness; friendship and peace of heart and mind; the benefits of civil and religious freedom; the enjoyments and spiritual blessings of the Sacraments of the Church, religious education and so on.  In much the same way, the world does not appreciate as it should the blessings we all enjoy through the Holy Trinity. A few facts from history since the fall of our first parents will enable us to grasp the significance of these statements.

After the Fall, one truth remained impressed upon the mind of man, namely, the truth of the existence of God. Although man fell deeper and deeper into vice until God permitted him to walk in his evil ways, yet, all mankind has ever acknowledged a Supreme Being. In a general manner, God gave evidence of His existence through created things and through conscience.  In a particular manner, He revealed Himself to the Jewish race. He preserved Noah, spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. He sent prophets to guide and keep the faith alive in the coming Redeemer.  Meanwhile, the rest of the world had fallen into the basest of idolatry. St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans (1:18-32), enumerates some of the beastly practices of mankind.  The wicked world looked then, as so many now despairingly, for a Savior, as the only salvation from self-destruction.

But, my beloved, Who is this Savior, then and now? What destroyed idolatry in every quarter of the earth, demolished the altars of the idols, abolished human sacrifices, suppressed animal vices, mitigated the cruelties of slavery, and made the nations more united, more moral and human--in other words, more Christian?  The Jewish nation did not accomplish this reformation. All through its history, Judaism did not convert one solitary pagan nation, either before or after Christ. Who then was it? It was our Divine Savior, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, that came from heaven to redeem us. As He Himself said: "I came not to destroy, but to fulfill." 

He taught us anew the Ten Commandments and explained their true spirit; He instituted His Church to teach and guide us; He instituted the Sacraments to nourish and sanctify us. And before He left this earth to return again to His Heavenly Father, He assured us that "He would not leave us orphans." But the Holy Paraclete, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, our Comforter, was sent to guide and enlighten us on the road to eternal salvation. And His promise is that He will be with us till the end of time. This, in brief, is what the Holy Trinity has done for the world and mankind in general.

Benefits to the individual.--Now, let us see what the Triune God has done for the individual. We are told that the eagle takes her young, when they are a few days, old, up to an immense height and causes them to look into the sun. If they are able to bear the glaring light without blinking, she acknowledges them as her own. But if their eyes begin to blink and waver, she lets them fall, to dash themselves to earth. In other words, they are not worthy offspring of hers. 

Our Holy Mother, the Church, proceeds much the same way. We are received into her bosom through the Sacrament of Baptism only after we have professed our faith in the sublime mystery of the Holy Trinity. Then, after being baptized "in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost," the Church continues to shower her graces and blessings upon us in the name of the same Blessed Trinity. As her recognized children, in the name of the Holy Trinity, she absolves us from our sins in Confession. We are confirmed in the name of the holy Trinity. When we enter upon our vocation of life, whether Holy Orders or Matrimony, it is in the name of the same Holy Trinity that we receive these Sacraments. Yes, the Church begins all her prayers, bestows all her blessings in the name of the Holy Trinity. This doxology is repeated by her ministers over one hundred times daily in their Divine Office.

Yes, my friends, as stated by the little boy in the bus, whose story I told you in my previous discourse, we come to church to learn and enjoy the fruits of the mysteries of our holy religion. And to do away with the belief in the mystery of the Holy Trinity would be to bring to naught all that Jesus came down to earth to save.  Should we eliminate the Holy Trinity, the fonts of sacramental graces would cease to flow and our Christian religion would be without meaning. We would rapidly drift back into the same conditions that prevailed before Christ's coming. 

But no, we shall not be so ungrateful. Rather shall we remember that touching prayer of Christ at the Last Supper when He raised sorrowful eyes towards heaven and prayed: "Holy Father, keep them in Thy name whom Thou hast given Me; that they may be one, as we also are one" (John. 17:11). What a sublime thought in that glorious prayer! Jesus prays that the same love and the same unity that exists between the three Divine Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity, may also exist between His creatures made to the image and likeness of God; thus all shall be united with Christ, and through Christ with God, the Father of all.

Power of Blessings in the Name of the Blessed Trinity.--There is one incident connected with the discovery of America which perhaps few of you have ever heard. It was on the last voyage that Columbus with his four vessels under his command, were enveloped by a most furious tempest. The waves ran so high and dashed so violently against the vessels that Columbus and his expert sailors lost all control of their ships. Father Alexander, the chaplain of the fleet, died. Columbus also fell dangerously ill. One of his old wounds reopened, and for nine days, the crew despaired of his life. For eight days the vessels were tossed about at the mercy of the tempest. The sailors stood terror-stricken when they beheld a mountainous water-spout or typhoon approach from a distance. 

The cry of despair from the crew pierced the very soul of Columbus. He shuddered, opened his eyes and then with a great effort dragged himself to the deck. With sword buckled under the cord of St. Francis which he always wore, he took the Gospel Book and began to read the Gospel of St. John, facing the rapidly approaching typhoon. At the sentence, "And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us," Columbus drew the sword, raised it towards the typhoon and traced with his sword the sign of the cross through the air. Immediately, the water spout, roaring and disjointed, turned and was lost in the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Here we have a striking example of the power of the Holy Trinity over the elements.

Many other examples could be cited. Here are a few. St. John and St. Benedict blessed poisoned wine which had been offered them to drink. They blessed it in the name of the Blessed Trinity and drank it without injury. St. Martin blessed a fire that had broken out, and it was immediately extinguished. St. Vincent Ferrer often drove away violent lightning by his blessing. St. Eligius frequently multiplied wine by the sign of the cross; St. Jordan did the same with bread and St. Severin with oil. In all her exorcisms, the Church expels the evil one from the possessed in the same Holy Trinity.

Conclusion.--Therefore, I would say, let us be ever grateful that Our Lord has been kind enough to draw aside the veil of the supernatural sufficiently to give us an idea of the beauty, the majesty and the glory that awaits us in the next world, when we shall be privileged to see the Most Blessed Trinity in reality. Now we know of this mystery only through the light of faith. We should honor the Holy Trinity now by frequently repeating those beautiful words: "Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost." St. Bede was one of the most fervent worshipers of the Blessed Trinity. Day and night, he frequently repeated the words of the "Glory be to the Father, etc." Through this pious devotion, he obtained many extraordinary graces. Known for his profound humility, God imparted to him as extraordinary knowledge of the truths of religion. His last utterance was: "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost." After pronouncing these words, he calmly fell asleep in death.

Therefore, what we were taught by our parents from childhood concerning the Blessed Trinity, holy Mother Church is constantly recalling to us during life. When we were still quite young, our god-parents brought us to the baptismal font, where in the name of the Holy Trinity we were made children of God and heirs of heaven. Through prayer and the Sacraments we are admonished to retain and preserve this friendship with the Holy Trinity. And if we are faithful and devoted to God the Father, Son and holy Ghost through life, then the Triune God has pledged to be at our side when our last life's battle must be fought. For, as St. John tells us, the devil with all his cohorts will make a final effort to claim our soul as theirs. But to the faithful Christian, God has promised that He will send His minister to fortify him with the Sacrament of Extreme Unction. In the name of the Blessed Trinity, God's minister will anoint you with holy oils, dedicating for ever your senses--eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, and feet--to the Most Holy Trinity. And as he sees your strength slowly ebbing away, he will impart to you a farewell blessing in the name of the same Holy Trinity with these consoling words: "Go forth, O Christian soul, in the name of the Father Who created thee, in the name of the Son Who redeemed thee, and in the name of the Holy Ghost Who sanctified thee." Fortified with such a farewell blessing, the faithful Christian may then close his eyes in peace, exclaiming with the Psalmist: "The light of Thy Countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us: Thou have given gladness in my heart" (Ps.4:7).

To God, the Father and the Son

And Holy Ghost, three in one,

Be endless glory, as before

The world began, so evermore.

Amen.