06/30/2019

Deacon VicDear Brothers and Sisters,

The Athanasian Creed, developed in the sixth century, explicitly states the equality of the Trinity. “We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit, but they are all one: co-equal in Glory, coeternal, uncreated and incomprehensible.” It is a mystery understood by faith, and not by reason. It’s confusing…I know…but like St. Augustine said, “…do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that you may understand.”

But believing and understanding is only step one. The great 19th century theologian, Blessed John Henry Newman, reminds us that from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday, it is the sacramental season during which we are called to faith first, then to tangible action. Step two is to apply that belief and understanding to works of mercy. Having a good theology isn’t any good unless it translates into a spirituality of humble service. Otherwise, it saves no one and the world remains largely unchanged

Deacon Vic