FEAST OF THE
‘Gloir don Athair agus don Mhac agus don
Here we are at the heart of the mystery of our
God. The human tongue can never speak the
final word about God; the human mind can never
fully understand the mystery of the Trinity. ‘The
man who tries to understand it fully will lose his
mind, but the one who would deny the Trinity
will lose her soul’. Many people have used images
through the ages to help us to ponder the mystery.
St. Ignatius of Loyola spoke of three distinct notes
being played together to form one harmonious
chord. Theologian Frank Sheed used the image of
water, which can manifest itself as rain, ice or steam.
St. Patrick pointed to the shamrock with its’ three
shoots emerging from a single stem. We will never
fully understand the arithmetic of heaven, but we
Suffice it to say, that when we make the Sign of the
Cross we make real our relationship with Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. We touch the forehead to ask
the Father to make our thoughts noble; we touch
the breast to ask the Son to make our hearts pure; we
touch both shoulders to ask the Holy Spirit to make
the work of our hands fruitful and worthwhile.
Is leor e sin. We will never fully understand the
arithmetic of heaven.