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THE DIVINE TRINITY: GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
Through the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, we discovered God the Father as intellect–He who from the very beginning knew all things that were and ever would be.
This week, we become familiar with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God the Son breathes life into the Father’s ideas, at times by using the vibration of His voice. The Old Testament is an excellent example of how The Son of God (The Word) may operate in bringing these ideas forth: “Let there be light. God saw that light was good and God divided it from darkness…” These Let there be commands through the six days of creation in Genesis 1 are heard as vibrations from the Son of God calling forth creation as known since the beginning by God the Father.
The Relationship Of The Father, The Son And The Holy Spirit
The relationship between God the Father and God the Son is one of parent and child as we know it, except that it is not carnal, but intellectual, notes Aquinas. Since The Holy Spirit is neither parent nor child in the Divine Trinity, but is Divine Love that exists within Himself, The Father and The Son–He is said to proceed from the Father and the Son.
Let’s Look At The Divine Trinity As Energetic, Spiritual Beings
When trying to grasp the concept of the Divine Trinity seeing them in human form, which we often do, the Holy Spirit, in particular, becomes very amorphous, something I could for a long time accept, but not really grasp. I have gain a more familiar sense of the Divine Trinity by abandoning human forms and see the Trinity as three spiritual forces in energetic form.
. God the Father, the spiritual energy of paternity (the act of being a parent), whose significant action is intellect.
. God the Son, the spiritual energy of filiation (the act of being of a parent) whose significant action is breathing life into the ideas coming from the intellect of God the Father.
. God the Holy Spirit, the spiritual energy of Divine love. I can see, feel and image the Holy Spirit energy moving through all of the Divine Trinity, being the instrument of the conception of Jesus through Mary; being the dove upon the head of Jesus at His baptism in the River Jordan, its loving energy sustaining Jesus through 40 days of fasting and temptation in the desert–all the trials we re-experience in our lives. In so doing, I see God as the totality of the Divine Trinity, loving Himself, being lover of his only son and loved by the son. The son who gives words to the father’s intelligence so it may take form. The Holy Spirit transmits Divine Love to us eternally. What’s more, the Catholic faith tells us that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God indivisible, that is to say that within each exists all three at all times.
Following the law of analogy as above, so below, I see this trinity within each of us as beings made in the image and likeness of God. We have the capacity to act in the image and likeness of the father when we establish a code of behavior in alignment with the divine for ourselves and our families. As the son we have the capacity to give life to these beliefs by articulating them into living family traditions. As the Holy Spirit we have the capacity to walk through life with loving hearts extended to others without judgement. Always indivisible, we have the capacity to walk in harmony and balance, reflecting our image and likeness of God and though we may falter, we are or can become models of the integrated being who emerges from living the trinity.
Let’s look at another model. A women as chief executive in a company acts as father, establishing the mission of the company and its operation in alignment with the divine. She acts as Son by articulating the mission statement and company philosophy in her words and decisions. In that same capacity, she nurtures staff, providing them with the training, tools and support they need to successfully fulfill their responsibilities At home, she may be mother, nurturing and caring for her family with the loving kindness of the Holy Spirit, and Son, who models the code of family behavior that is aligned with the divine. While seeming to draw on a single aspect of the trinity to fulfill the task at hand, she continually carries the energy of all three, which gives dimension to her being in this world, while acting in alignment with the heavenly kingdom.
COMING: DISCOVER HOW THE DIVINE TRINITY IS WORKING IN YOUR LIFE.