VII. The Trinity and the relationship between creatures [238 – 240]

I have begun to publish sections and segments of the Popes letter on OUR network of blogs as well as on Linkedin & Quora & Newsvine and will add my comments over time. Pappa francescos 180 page letter is much less about religion than it is about nature and the planet earth. He proposes some fairly radical yet simple and understandable solutions for humankind. It is way past time to start paying attention to what we are all doing or allowing others to do.

238. The Father is the ultimate source of
everything, the loving and self-communicating
foundation of all that exists. The Son, his reflection,
through whom all things were created, united
himself to this earth when he was formed in
the womb of Mary. The Spirit, infinite bond of
love, is intimately present at the very heart of the
universe, inspiring and bringing new pathways.
The world was created by the three Persons acting
as a single divine principle, but each one of
them performed this common work in accord
ance with his own personal property. Consequently,
“when we contemplate with wonder the
universe in all its grandeur and beauty, we must
praise the whole Trinity”.169

239. For Christians, believing in one God who
is trinitarian communion suggests that the Trinity
has left its mark on all creation. Saint Bonaventure
went so far as to say that human beings,
before sin, were able to see how each creature
“testifies that God is three”. The reflection of
the Trinity was there to be recognized in nature
“when that book was open to man and our eyes
had not yet become darkened”.170 The Franciscan
saint teaches us that each creature bears in itself
a specifically Trinitarian structure, so real that it
could be readily contemplated if only the human
gaze were not so partial, dark and fragile. In this
way, he points out to us the challenge of trying to
read reality in a Trinitarian key.
240. The divine Persons are subsistent relations,
and the world, created according to the divine
model, is a web of relationships. Creatures
tend towards God, and in turn it is proper to
every living being to tend towards other things,
so that throughout the universe we can find any
number of constant and secretly interwoven

169 John Paul II, Catechesis (2 August 2000), 4: Insegnamenti
23/2 (2000), 112.

170 Quaest. Disp. de Myst. Trinitatis, 1, 2 concl.

relationships.171 This leads us not only to marvel at
the manifold connections existing among creatures,
but also to discover a key to our own fulfilment.
The human person grows more, matures
more and is sanctified more to the extent that he
or she enters into relationships, going out from
themselves to live in communion with God, with
others and with all creatures. In this way, they
make their own that trinitarian dynamism which
God imprinted in them when they were created.
Everything is interconnected, and this invites us
to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity
which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.

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