Trinity - God as Community

Catholic Corner

Our faith encounters a mystery, God as a Holy Trinity. Why do we believe God is Trinity? Because God told us so. Jesus teaches us God is Father. “Father, the hour has come” (Jn 17:1). At the Last Supper Jesus spoke of God as Father forty-five times. In turn, the Father tells us he has a son. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, the Father spoke from heaven and said, “You are my beloved son, with you I am well pleased” (Lk. 3:22). Lastly, God is Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate... the Spirit of truth” (Jn. 14:16). The Spirit is more than an abstract energy. The Spirit is a divine person. God is Father, Son, and Spirit. Three persons. One God. God is one divine nature in three divine persons. God is not just one person. Nor is God three natures. We owe the use of person and nature to speak of the Trinity to two ecumenical councils, Nicaea in 326 and First Constantinople in 381.

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