The Father gives us life, Jesus gives us salvation, and the Holy Spirit gives us love.[i]
In an article entitled The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Loyola press presents the Trinity in simple and easy to grasp language. Catholics, agnostics, atheist, and cynics can easily over complicate Christianity by delving into our religiosity, our application of our beliefs, and our explanation theologically and historically of the life of Jesus Christ.
The latter is evidence of our frailty and humanness as conveyors of spirituality as opposed to evidence of the non-existence of a God. St. Augustine words put it this way when referencing philosophers and the natural world: “This in turn leads them into an extreme blind perversity, where they will even ascribe to you what is theirs, blaming you, who are the Truth, for their own lies, and changing the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of corruptible humans, or birds or four-footed beast or crawling things.”[ii] It is easy to get lost in mankind’s rhetorical madness.
Take out the Catholic semantic language and description of the “Godhead,” three entities that are metaphysically one. What would be left is a universal spirituality that defies definition (mystery), that man attempts to understand and convey through language and acts (religion and practice), and an on-going relationship that is dynamically present (love). But all we have is our human faculties? We are limited by our language, our mortality, and our comprehension. I would argue that we have the Trinity. We have its simplicity in the Gospels. And if through reductionism we avoided instilling them with our political or personal driven egos, we would have a clear vision of truth that could be nurtured to have a more compassionate, merciful, and spiritual world. Our world is not simple.
New Horizons NASA satellite has provided us photos of Pluto.[iii] It took ten years to reach. In the face of the magnitude of our limitations it is easy to retreat to convolutedness, helplessness, and abject failure to obtaining and nurturing a cohesive unity of spirit.
Dietrich Von Hildebrand spent a chapter on “True Simplicity”[iv] where he paradoxically points out that “The character of simplicity (in the sense of a condensation of being) grows along the ascending hierarchy of the cosmos until it culminates in the one eternal Word of God, in quo est omnis plenitude divinitatis (“in whom all plentitude of divinity”) that illuminates the face of Christ. He makes a very strong case that you can live a spiritually unified life, driven by the simplicity of Jesus Christ’s message, while living in a complex world and cosmos that we barely have a thimble of knowledge of it breadth, depth and scope.
The Loyola press article is below. Read its simple message on the Trinity while recognizing the avalanche of complexity that awaits the unprepared wayfarer.
[ii] The confessions, St. Augustine, pg. 117.
[iv] Transformation In Christ by Dietrich Von Hildebrand