I am a convert to Catholicism and was raised and baptized Mormon. I was very involved with the Mormon Church as a child. It was not until God called me to be Catholic several years later that I learned to understand the most important teachings of our Christian faith, including the significance of the Holy Trinity.
The Mormon Church does not believe in the Trinity. Mormons believe in God the Father, and in Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit, but they do not believe that the Father, Son, and Spirit are one and the same God in three Persons. The Mormon Church believes that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are separate beings. Therefore, even though I was baptized Mormon at the age of eight years old, I had to be re-baptized as Catholic because the Mormon Church does not baptize in the name of the Most Holy Trinity.
I can remember that as I went through the
|Fr. John Paul Shea|
I can remember that as I learned about the Trinity that I searched the scriptures and read the many passages that relate to the triune Godhead. For example, I looked at the beginning of the Gospel of John where it teaches us that the Word, who is Jesus, was with God, that the Word was God, and that this Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us (John 1:1).
And I looked at the miracles of Our Lord Jesus during His time on earth. He walked on water. He controlled the weather. He forgave sins, and He cured people. Our Lord did these things because the mighty power of God was in Him.
My brothers and sisters, the Holy Trinity, that God is one God in three Persons, is a central belief of our faith! In fact, there have been many Christians who have been persecuted and martyred for belief in the Trinity!
It is through the Trinity that we Christians are able to share in the very life of God. It is through Our Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit that we receive Him in the Holy Eucharist. If God was not a Trinitarian God, then we would have no Eucharist! If we did not have a Trinitarian God, then Our Lord would not have had the power to breathe the Holy Spirit upon His apostles after the Resurrection. When He did that, He gave them -- His priests -- the ability to forgive sins.
Today’s solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity teaches us that our God is a God of relationship! He is a Community of Persons!
Yet, let us be reminded, that if we want to share in the life of God for all eternity, we must take to heart the salvation that has been won for us through the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
"Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.”