Sunday, February 10, 2008

If we could only see with an UNDIVIDED HEART

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


When the soul has encompassed with knowledge the principles of both tangible and intelligible things, it is led to the knowledge of revealed theology. Then the soul is taught as far as possible, one God, one essence, three Persons, unity of essence in three persons, and consubstantial trinity, "unity in trinity and trinity in unity". For the one is not divided into persons, nor are the persons combined into a unity. God remains a unity in spite of His trinity, and is a Trinity in spite of the fact that He is one. The Holy Trinity of the persons is without confusion as to essence and the holy Unity is three as to persons and mode of being. According to the characteristic words of St. Maximos the Confessor, when the purified soul is led to the experience of God, it sees one, single, undivided, unconfused, simple, undiminished, and unchangeable divinity, "completely one in essence and completely three in persons, and one single ray shining in the single form of one triple-splendoured light".


It it is so sad that there are few opportunities for meaningful interaction between the East and West. It seems to me that if we could keep both true balloons aloft and look skyward beyond the vessels that contain the rarified air of the Holy Spirit, we could see God in a bright light and we would be truly united as one Church in Christ. The Holy Spirit that animates "both lungs of the Church" knows no division.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT

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* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for: Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas; St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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