Today is Trinity Sunday in the Christian faith. As many of you know, I am a practicing Catholic who enjoys sharing the why behind the what. The “what” of this week has to do with my favorite number, the number three and, more specifically; the Holy Trinity, the human trinity, the three human actions and the sign of the cross.
The sign of the cross in the Roman Catholic Church is much more than just an act that we do in remembrance of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for the world. It is really an amazing prayer with much meaning.
It starts with the right hand touching the forehead while saying “In the name of the Father”. We start the cross at the top of the body because we are acknowledging that God, the Father, is the head of the universe; the creator of all that is good, including our body which is a temple in service to Him. The human head is also where our mind is and the beginning of all of our thoughts. The Holy Trinity begins with the Father, the human trinity begins with the mind and the mind is where the first human action begins, our thoughts.
From the forehead the right hand drops to the chest as we say, “the Son”. The chest is where our heart is found. The heart is the center of our being and is associated with the virtue of love. Jesus, the son of God, is the center of the universal church. He was made man to conquer our sins through his teachings of love. Our heart also gives life to our body, which is the second part of the human trinity. Without the heart we have no life within us and without Jesus in our heart, we have no share in the eternal life. We also recognize that without a body we cannot read, write or speak the second of the human action, words. Jesus was also known as the Incarnate Word; the Word made flesh.
We then bring our hand to our left shoulder and begin to say “and the Holy Spirit” while bringing the hand back across the chest to touch the right shoulder; ending with the acknowledgement of Amen. The movement from left to right represents the breadth of the entire body, from shoulder to shoulder. This brings to mind that the Holy Spirit is everywhere and flows like the wind from one side of the world to the other. Jesus told us that He would send the Holy Spirit to strengthen us so that we could share the good news with the entire world. It is our shoulders that bear the weight of the crosses that we are asked to carry through the hardships of life. At the same time we realize that our soul, the third entity of the human trinity, is guided by the Holy Spirit from our conception. It is the human spirit or soul that acts as our conscience which in turn directs the third human action, our deeds.
The Holy Trinity is three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit but only one God.
The human trinity is the manifestation of man in God’s image. One body but three parts; the mind, body and soul.
Finally we have the three human actions that allow mankind to serve God, neighbor and self with the love of Jesus Christ; our thoughts, words and deeds.
Bless be to God for the Power of the Wisdom of Three!
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”