A Message from Father William

This Sunday, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (we
read from Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-
20). “By sending His only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has
revealed His innermost secret: God Himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father,
Son and Holy Spirit, and He has destined us to share in that exchange” (Catechism
of the Catholic Church #221). God has called us to share in His eternal love! He has
made each of us in His image – and, through our baptism, the Holy Trinity dwells in
us, giving us the grace to live the virtuous life of faith, hope and love. By the power of
His Holy Spirit, God’s love has been poured into our hearts and He calls us to witness
to His love by our prayers, words and actions.

When we pray, we invoke the Holy Trinity, as we often begin our prayers by making
the sign of the Cross, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit.” Yet, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has asked, “How often have we made the
sign of the Cross, invoking without really adverting to it, the Name of the Triune God?
In its original meaning, the sign of the Cross was, each time it was made, a renewal
of our baptism, a repetition of the words by which we became Christians, and an
assimilation into our personal life of what was given us in baptism… Water was poured
over us and, at the same time, the words were spoken: ‘I baptize you in the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ The Church makes us Christians
by calling on the name of the Trinitarian God. From Her beginning, the Church has
expressed in this way what She regards as the truly definitive mark of our Christianity:
faith in the Triune God. We might find that disappointing. It seems so remote from
our life. It seems so useless and so hard to understand. If there must be short formulas
for expressing the tenets of our faith, then they should at least be attractive, exciting,
something whose importance for men and for our lives is immediately apparent. Yet,
in the last analysis, this is what we are saying here: Christianity is not first concerned
with the Church or with men, but with God. Its proper orientation is not to our hopes,
our fears, or our wishes, but to God, to His majesty and His power. The first article
of Christian faith, the basic orientation of Christian conversion, is that God exists.
We must, therefore, learn again to understand from God’s perspective what being a
Christian really means – that is, believing that He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
(Co-Workers of the Truth, Ignatius Press).

As the Holy Spirit enables us (Romans 8), let us pray this Memorial Day for all our
brothers and sisters who have served in our U.S. Armed Forces and have given the
ultimate sacrifice to ensure our peace, safety and liberties, that they are resting in God’s
eternal peace in Heaven. Let us also pray for their families, for God’s consolation and
peace for them. As disciples of Christ, let us keep holy the Lord’s Day, get to Confession
regularly, pray daily, and practice selfless love in acts of penance each week – for in God
we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28) and He is with us always (Matthew
28:16-20). Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

With prayers and peace in the Most Holy Trinity,
Fr. William