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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
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Book of Exodus, Book of Matthew, Book of Mormon, St. Edmund
Andrei Rublev painted this gentle icon of the Holy Trinity circa 1425.
He uses the Trinity to explain the mystery of the three angels who
appear to Abraham at the Oak of Memre and announce the birth
of Issac in Genesis 18. The love and connectedness of the three
'angels' is clearly expressed in the similarity of their faces and the
their body language refers one to the others. As in any icon, each
color, item and gesture is highly significant and meant to be read
almost like a text. Here, however, we are presenting the more
mysterious, metaphysical meaning of this Russian icon.
Although Christianity, Islam and Judaism all accept belief in one
God, the concept of One God in three persons: the Trinity
of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is uniquely Christian.
For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person,
except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one
knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not
received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so
that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And
we speak about them, not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit, describing
spiritual realities in spiritual terms.'
1 Corinthians 2:10-13, New American Bible
'It happened in those days that Jesus came from
Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan
by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the
heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a
dove, descending upon him. And a voice came
from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased."'
New American Bible
Within the circle of the Holy Trinity, all true knowledge descends into the
heart. The Russian mystics describe prayer as descending with the mind
into the heart and standing there in the presence of God. Prayer takes
place where heart speaks to heart, that is, where the heart of God is
united with the heart that prays. Thus knowing God becomes
loving God, just as being known by God is being loved by God.
Behold the Beauty of the Lord (Ave Maria Press)
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
(The Nicene Creed arose out of the Council of Nicea, which convened in
A. D. 325. The Council condemned Arianism, a movement which
taught that Jesus became the Son of God through divine adoption,
instead of being divinely begotten of, and one with, the Father.
It also clearly defined the concept of the Trinity. -Lisa)
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of
heaven and earth and of all that is seen and unseen. We
believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light
from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,
one in being with the Father...We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father
and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped
and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets...
From the Nicene Creed
But the ability to say that Jesus is Lord, like the ability to speak the name
"Father" of God, is not merely an identification made of two Divine Persons
through "the Spirit who reaches the depths of everything, even the depths
of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10). This identification cannot be made without a
gift enabling one to surrender his own life into the hands of
as his Lord. The title itself presumes a surrender if the user of the
title is describing the condition of his heart. One has ceased being
lord of his own life and has desisted in trying to exercise
sovereignty in his own regard.
"The Conspiracy of God: The Holy Spirit in Men"
by John C. Haughey, S.J.
Doubleday and Company
The Last Word:
Since God offers to manage our affairs for us,
let us once and for all hand them over to His
infinite wisdom, in order to occupy ourselves
only with Himself and what belongs to Him.
Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)