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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

31 May

“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” 

― Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

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Today is Trinity Sunday. I always smile because that is why Mom was named Trinidad. She was born the day after Trinity Sunday 88 years ago. A very Hispanic Catholic thing. 

So, the sermon after the Gospel today was about the Trinty. Father-in-training, Martin, discussed how diffupicult it is to explain the concept. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all one. He said many people have tried to explain and have failed. I discussed this with Mom today. I said, “What’s to,explain? It is part of your faith. You believe in things you can’t see. Blind faith is just that…blind.” If We had to have concrete evidence for every thing, we’d be in big trouble. 

My take on it… I’m not sure there is a Trinity, but I’m not positive there isn’t. There are many things that can’t be explained.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

Also, Martin said that it is our calling as Catholics to spread the teachings of our faith. I personally believe that that is done by example, and by being a good, loving person. I don’t have to hit you on the head with my Bible and say, “I’m Catholic and this is how you’re suppose to think.” Nope! But, I’ll give you a hug and say, “I love you” or “Good to see you.” Then, you know I’m your friend or you’re my family, or both. That’s spreading the word!

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Gospel MT 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee,

to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.

When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.

Then Jesus approached and said to them,

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

  

Sunday Sermon and Forgiveness

16 Jun

“I will never forget what you did to me. I will never forgive it. I will never stop mourning what you stole from me. But I realize now I can’t steal it back and I’m done spending every day trying to.”
― Katja Millay, The Sea of Tranquility
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This morning at 9 o’clock Mass, Father reminded us that it was Trinity Sunday. I forgot about that. Mom was born on Trinity Sunday, 87 years ago, (or there abouts) thus her name, Trinidad, Trini for short. So, my ears perked up and I listened closely to all the sermons.

Our visiting priest also acknowledged Father’s Day and the many fathers who give so much physical and moral support to their families. He told a story about a family that was going through a very tough time. The dad had been struggling with alcoholism, gambling, and infidelity. It took a lot of courage and faith, but the man begged his wife and family for help and forgiveness. His wife never left his side, forgave him, and they worked through it all the hardships together, trusting in God and each other. Happy ending.

I looked around the church and saw all the happy families, families with small children, older couples holding hands, teen-agers, and single people. What they all had in common was faith, respect, and sense of community. That’s why they were there. That’s why I was there.

I often contemplate my faith and the words of the Sunday sermon, and today’s story made me think long and hard about forgiveness. I’ve read so many thoughts and quotes about forgiveness, and I have been struggling with it. This is what I came to realize today. It’s difficult or even impossible to forgive someone who is NOT sorry for what they did. I believe God forgives all those who are truly repentant, but even God will not forgive those who don’t care, don’t ask for forgiveness, and continue their evil ways. (Me neither.) That’s what that very hot place below is for.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’ll keep working on it. I have a lot of faith, support and prayers on my side. Someday?