THE HOLY TRINITY
Pardon Prayer - Fatima 1917
"Omy God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I
ask forgiveness for those you do not believe, nor adore,
nor hope and do not love Thee"
Pardon Prayer – 1917
"Most Holy Trinity-- Father, Son and Holy Ghost –I
adore profoundly. I offer Thee the most Precious Body,
Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all
the Holy tabernackles of the world, in reparation for the
out-rages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is
offended. And throught the infinite meits of His Most
Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I be of
Thee the conversion of poor sinners."
Fatima - Prayer
"O my Jesus, I offer this love of Thee, for the conversions
of sinners, and reparation for the sins committed against
the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
(To be said when offering up personal scrifices, penance, suffrings,etc.)
The Trinityis a wonderful mystery. No one understands it. The most learned theologian,the holiest Pope, the greatest saint, all are as mystified by it as the child of seven .It is one of the things which we shall know only when we see God face to face. If God saw fit to reveal His nature to us without explaining it, that is His condescension. Any thing we may know about the marvellous Creator is a favor. Of Course from the universe we gain a certain knowledge of Him. We know He is infinitely Wise and Powerful. But about His person we can know nothing of ourselves. Now, in the mystery of the Trinity, He tells us something about His personality. He say sit is three-fold. Mark, He does not say that there are the Gods in one God, nor three per sons Persons in one Persons. That would be a contradiction, and our reason tell us that contradictions are not true. God would not tell us something which the reason He gave us should be obliged to reject.
What, then, does He say in the revelation of the Trinity ? He informs us that in the one Being, God, there are three Persons. He calls these three Persons the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Not till we get to heaven shall we know anymore than that. If we reason from now to doomsday, we shall not get any nearer to an explanation, and simply because God said that much more and no more.
Theologians have written thousands of volumes in analyzing and inquiring into the matter, but merely as speculation, just as we speculate about planetary motion and the number of stars and the spots on the moon. Only there is some chance of learning something about these things, none of learning anything further about the Trinity. Jesus Christ said: 'The Father and I are one.' One what ? Not one person, surely for one person cannot be one person. A man can say Smith and I are one. One what ? Perhaps one corporation, one team, one race, one pair. Of course it is not in the same sense Christ spoke. I merely endeavor to show by comparison that there is no contradiction that in the statement. When Jesus sent His apostles forth to convert the world, He commanded the world, He Commanded them to baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Mark, He does not say in the names but in the name, – one. At the baptism of Jesus, a voice from heaven proclaimed: "This my beloved Son, hear ye Him." Christ on the cross said "Father for give them, they do not know what they do." Here is the relation of Father and Son, and each is God. Yet there is but one God. " Hearken, O Israel the Lord Thy God is one only. There is no other God beside me."
(Deut. xxx. 39.)
ThatJesus is the true Son of God, and, conequently, God like the Father, is evident from Scripture: " No man hath seen God at any time: the only Begotten Son, who is the bosom of the Father, hath declared Him. " (John i. 18.) Jesus proclaimed the Only Begotten Son of God. Therefore His is a true divine nature, He is true God. There is therefore something about the nature of God by which in one Godhead there can be more than one person. What that is we do not know. And God does not want us to know,--yet.
In the commission which Jesus gives to His apostles, He names three persons equally: Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. These three constitute the Blessed Trinity, to whom be honor and glory forever !