Thursday, March 17, 2011

Clover Leaf and the Holy Trinity by St. Patrick

"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain

St. Patrick of Irelanis one of the world's most popular saints.Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.”[1] Ireland is celebrating his life today. But, as faithful, the whole world should give him also a thanksgiving act for his courageous example of being follower of Christ.

His analogy using clover is one of the most prominent preachings being used in explaining the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is the highest mystery of all. It could not be grasped by a human mind.  It is the mystery of all mysteries. Thus, somehow, preachers just used simple analogy in a way that people could understand it though not perfectly.   

Today, we commemorate the  feast of St. Patrick of Ireland. In his preaching of the Holy Trinity, he uses the three-leaf clover: one clover, three lobes.  Holy Trinity is a communion of three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet, this Trinitarian Communion is but ONE GOD.  

As we pray the Apostle Creed or the Nicene Creed, do we really put in our hearts our complete faith. I believe in God, the Father Almighty,... I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,... I believe in the Holy Spirit,... Do we affirm the movement of our Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our life?

“The Trinity is complex but there is no reason to believe that God does not want us to search out its meaning and to begin to use our reason to explore our faith. If we are open to God and meditate on his mysteries, he will teach us “all things”. So we rely on God who works through revelation, not mental gymnastics or inert models.”[2]

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