Youth New Evangelization & Spiritual Renewal Seminar Series
The Foundations of Faith: Seminar 9

The Holy Trinity,

is the deepest Mystery of our Faith. The reference to the Holy Trinity was made by Jesus, when He sent His disciples to go and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In our Church, the term "Trinitas" was first coined by Tertullian in his work named "Apologeticum". Since then it was even directly used by some Heavenly messengers. For example, during his apparition in Fatima, Portugal to Francisco, Jacintha and Lucia in September of 1916 the angel of peace said the following prayer: "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly and offer you the most precious body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all tabernacles of earth in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners".

But what is this Trinity? Our Church defines it as follows:

The central belief of Christian faith; the mystery of one God in three divine persons:
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

To earthlings like us it is a mystery; how can three persons function as one? In order to understand this concept well, one must first gain understanding of Spirituality. For majority of us the concept becomes clearer if we compared the Trinity to an MP3 player. Like the Trinity, an MP3 player is composed of three separate functional entities. One is the player itself. A piece of hardware where music is saved on a magnetic media or a chip. Here, the player would be GOD Himself. The music would be the Holy Spirit. and your earphones would be Jesus who is in intimate contact with you (with our ancestors 2000 years ago, and with you in the Eucharist). Jesus brings you the Word (music), which He receives from GOD the father. The Holy Spirit is the spirit, which joins the two:
 

God the Father MP3 player
The Son Earphones
Holy Spirit The music

The mystical concept of the Holy Trinity is difficult to understand. It has created much controversy among Christians and was not accepted in Islam. Intensive theological debates have taken place in the early Church about the relationship of Jesus to GOD. One school of thought led by theologian Arius had it that the Son was not co-equal and co-essential with the Father, but merely the chief of His creation, as opposed to the view of equality between Jesus the God-Son and the God-Father now echoed by our Church. The Trinitarian concept favors the present views of our Church, that is the equality between Jesus the God-Son and the God-Father with the Holy Spirit joining the two in one entity. Hopefully the nature of the Holy Spirit will become clearer in the following section.
 

The spiritual world

We will recall that our existence is composed of two realms: The spiritual world (realm) is made up of at least three "Heavens". There may be as many as seven Heavens or perhaps more, but for simplicity sake let us assume for now that there are three. The suggested boundary between the Heavens 1 and 2 is the separation between "life" and "death" as we know it. We,  mortal beings
can only cross this barrier as spirits just before our birth and then upon our death. The Heaven 2 is reserved for all spirits unworthy of God. It is also called "The world of the dead" (Ezek 26:19,20). In some translations of the Bible it is refered to as "the pit". The Heaven 3 is "The Kingdom of GOD". No spirit may cross its boundary without the knowledge or approval of GOD. In the Bible, its boundary between the world of the dead and Heaven is sometimes refered to as "The Gates of Heaven".

In the world of spirits we will receive much understanding and knowledge we did not have on Earth and our eyes will be opened. In fact it was indicated by many mystics that this knowledge and understanding will be pivotal in our own judgement whether we are worthy to share Heaven with God or not. Those spirits judging themselves unworthy of God will remain in the world of the dead. It is NOT a pleasant place to be! Nevertheless, the concept of spirituality is the same for all spiritual world (here heavens 2 and 3). We will have no eyes yet we will see with perfect vision. We will have no ears, yet we will perceive thoughts (voices) of other spirits clearly. Communication among spirits takes the form of mind-to-mind communication. During His public ministry Jesus indicated that spirits (even a number of different spirits) can enter some bodies sometimes at their free will. This is where the concept of the Holy Spirit (the advocate) comes in. It also explains how can the Holy Spirit span two individuals, i.e. God-Son and God-Father both encompassing one God-Head.

Throughout the human history people attempted consulting mediums to learn from the knowledge of these spirits. But because, as we saw earlier these spirits often are unworthy of God (God's rejects), God does not wish us to follow their advice (Lev. 19:31). On the other hand, our attempt consulting the Holy Spirit is highly desirable, we call it the "prayer".

The Afterlife offers three options of which the Kingdom of God is the true heaven. All who have been faithful to God and His commandments will live with God in happiness for ever. Some people however, may not be very bad, yet they are not good enough and ready to receive the gift of eternal happiness. They will be given another chance to repent and to be prepared for heaven. This opportunity is called the Purgatory. Finally, there are many of those who were very bad people, and always refused to accept God and His righteousness. These souls are justly destined for Hell where they will be separated from God for ever.
 

Jesus' promise of an advocate

To His apostles, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit (Jn.16:5-7) as a helper. It is the Holy Spirit which gives knowledge, understanding and courage to prophets and to many ordinary lay people within the Church of Jesus Christ. Such knowledge and understanding was also given to the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John when writing the Gospels.

Unfortunately, there are many christians today who go to mass every Sunday, yet, did not accept the Holy Spirit in their lives. Their participation in the church is purely external. In order to receive the Holy Spirit one must open his/her heart and be open-minded so that the Holy Spirit Jesus is sending can enter (Lk.11:9-13).


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