The Father and I are One

Posted on April 15, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Albrecht Durer. The Adoration of the Holy Trinity. 1511. Oil on panel. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Spiritual Testimonies, 42 (©ICS publications)

“The Father and I are one.”

After having received Communion on the feast of St. Augustine, I understood – I’m unable to say how – and almost saw (although it was something intellectual and passed quickly) how the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity, which I bear imprinted in my soul, are one. By means of the strangest painting and a very clear light, I was given an understanding that was an activity very different from merely holding this truth by faith. As a result I haven’t been able to think of any of the three divine Persons without thinking of all three.

Thus I was reflecting today upon how, since they were so united, the Son alone could have taken human flesh; and the Lord gave me understanding of how although they are united they are distinct. These are grandeurs which make the soul again desire to be free from this body that hinders their enjoyment. For although it seems our lowliness was not meant for understanding anything about them, the soul, without knowing how, receives incomparably greater benefit from this understanding even though it lasts only a moment – than from many years of meditation.

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From AirMaria – St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Reflect often on the fact that all of your greatness, all of your holiness and all of your dignity depend solely upon fulfilling the will of God. All of the rest, i.e. a good reputation, riches, pleasures, activities, conversions, prayers, penances and even martyrdom are nothing, a waste of time, a sin, if they aren’t according to the will of God.” (SK #966)
(p.s. Three long weeks have past since returning)

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