Community of Saints

Trinity Sunday reminds us that faith is not a solo act. The Triune God–Creator, Son and Spirit–models for us that we are to be a community. God calls us to live together in harmony.

The Trinity often puzzles people and is seen as a mystery. As a spiritual director I often ask retreatants to explore the different Persons of the Trinity in their prayer time. Get to know each One more intimately as each has a particular gift. For me God is Creator, giving us beauty and newness. Jesus is my friend and Beloved. The Spirit is the One who gets my attention and blesses me with spiritual gifts. The roles sometimes shift and can be interchangeable but I most often find myself thanking God for a sunset or a flower, talking to Jesus about issues that are near and dear to my heart, and letting the wind blow over me while asking what now?

I like my retreatants to get to know the Triune God and expand their comfort zones a tad. What are these images that we hold of the Trinity? Is God an old Man? Is the Spirit a dove? When we see that God can have many sides then perhaps in community we can comprehend that others are also complex. Who amongst us is known by all? In exploring the Triune God we may realize that in the community of saints that we live, move and have our being that there are people who we are also not getting to know. What a pity that might be!

Which manifestation of God–Creator, Son, or Spirit–draws you most? Why?

Who in your faith community are you not paying attention to? What lessons do they have to teach you?



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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