Fr. Christopher Etheridge, IVE
Br. Peter Trinko
Today Holy Mother Church calls us to celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Perhaps the greatest persecutor of the Church is transformed by the grace of Christ, and freely becomes a great Apostle to the gentiles and eventually a martyr. In the letters of St. Paul, which have fed the souls of the saints and all Christians since the beginning of the Church, we can find many profound insights to the mystery of Christ and His Church, although perhaps none more profound than his understanding of the mystery of the Holy Trinity dwelling within us. In this blog, taking points from Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J.’s God Within Us, we aim to bring awareness to the great mystery “hidden from ages” of the dwelling of the Holy Trinity within souls by grace.
Br. Peter Trinko
It is not difficult to see that we live in a wounded world. Broken families, civil unrest, anxiety, wars, social injustice... the list could go on and on. We are made for the unconditional love of God, and yet what we see and face each day seems so far from it, leaving us all badly wounded. While wounds can be just (discipline for a mistake), imaginary (insinuating an offense that didn’t occur), or disproportionate (one exaggerates the level of offense), many wounds are in fact ‘real’, meaning they are an act of injustice. If left untreated, these wounds, like a thorn in one’s body, will cause one to become infected with the disease of resentment.
We all desire to heal from these wounds, but how can we do so?
Deacon Peter Nguyen, IVE
In the days before the coming of Christ, the common view held by the Jews concerning the Messiah was that of a social and political savior, someone who would liberate them from their temporal woes and oppressions. He was to fulfill their utopian aspirations of being free from the Romans and live comfortable lives in fame and prosperity. As a result, many Jews settled for the false gods of other nations where it seemed more appealing in fulfilling their hopes. Like the Jews, we may find ourselves seeking an alternative plan of salvation in another “kingdom.”
Over the past few months, our society has been troubled by so many different causes such as illness, economic struggles, unnecessary violence and destruction, political tension, etc., and needless to say how these have contributed to our struggles within our hearts as well. For some, it may seem that a solution needs to be applied primarily at the social level. But the answer is much deeper and, sadly, often downplayed