GRASPING MYSTERY

This homily based on John 3:16-18 for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity was delivered at St. Agnes Church.

St. Anselm of Canterbury came up with a concept that is as much a tongue-twister as it is a brain-twister. He described God as “that than which nothing greater can be conceived.”

Think about that for a minute. It means that there is absolutely nothing that we can imagine that can be greater than God.

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Mystics–those blessed people among us who have been blessed with such an intense prayer life that they have acquired an intimate knowledge of God–have reached a consensus about the mystery of God: The closer they approach God, they sense, more than ever, their own sinfulness. More than that, the more they get to know God, the more they realize they know so little about Him. This is what St. Anselm means with his tongue/brain-twister. God is simply so holy and so great that His ways are just way beyond us, and He Himself is just way beyond our conception. Continue reading GRASPING MYSTERY

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TWO TAKES ON the TRINITY

This reflection was made on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, based on John 3:16-18.

rublev-trinity-iconSomeone emailed me a couple of articles written by Fr. Peter Knauer, a German Jesuit philosopher and theologian. He writes about the mystery of God–how what we know about God, whether from reason or even from revelation, is much, much less than what we don’t know about Him.

This is a common insight among mystics–those people among us who have been blessed with such an intense prayer life that they have acquired an intimate knowledge of God. From them we would expect a great familiarity with God. But their consensus has been that the closer they get to approach God, they sense, more than ever, their own sinfulness. More than that, the more they get to know God, the more they realize they know so little about Him. The reason is that God is simply that holy and that infinite; His ways are just way beyond us!

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