By l'Abbé Bérenger Saunière, priest of Rennes-le-Château 1885-1909

Sunday June 1. 1st Sunday after Pentecost.

Trinity Sunday. Announcement regarding the Feast of Corpus Christi, celebration of which has been postponed to the following Sunday. Announcement regarding the Feast of Perpetual Adoration on Saturday June 7 and the Mass for protection from hail-storms. - Tell them to bring candles. - Mass at 8.00 a.m.; procession; it rained a little. Reading of the letter from the Monseigneur about the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes (July 29).

Today, my friends, we celebrate Trinity Sunday, i.e.

  • –the feast-day of God the Father, Who created us and Who placed us here below not simply to work down here and amuse ourselves, but also for us to sanctify and save ourselves, and as the catechism says we are on Earth to know God, to love Him and to serve Him, and by this means obtain eternal life.
  • –the feast-day of God the Son who, through His love for us, and in order to rescue us from enslavement to the demon and deliver us from the torments of the hell, left the splendours of Heaven, took our form of body and became our brother, lived amid us, suffered both the cruellest and most ignominious death; in a word, he poured out all His blood unto the very last drop while on the tree of the cross.
  • –and the feast-day of God the Holy Ghost, Who sanctified us at the day of our baptism, our First Communion and our Confirmation.

The word Trinity means "three". In our Sacred Religion there are three principal mysteries: the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity which we are celebrating today; the mystery of the Incarnation which we celebrate at Christmas; and the mystery of the Redemption that we celebrate in Holy Week.

The mystery of the Trinity consists of just one God in three distinct persons. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there is just one God. These three persons are equal in every kind of perfection. Some comparisons to help people understand this mystery: l. Three drops of wax. - 2. a triangle. - 3. the Sun which is composed of heat, light and its rays.

A mystery is a truth that we cannot comprehend or grasp because it is beyond our understanding. A truth that we will never be able to go into more deeply on Earth, but which we shall one day understand in Heaven; but we must believe in this truth because it is God who has told it to us and God cannot and would not be able to make a mistake or he would not be God. God is the Truth itself. Heaven and Earth will pass, but His words shall never pass.

We are allowed to try and apply reason to a mystery, but we cannot go into it more deeply for fear of losing our faith. We must yield, perform an act of adoration, perform an act of faith - Historical vignette: St Augustine walking on the seashore reflecting upon the depth of the mystery of the Trinity meets an Angel in the form of a child who expects a small hole dug in the sand to be able to hold all the water in the oceans. Dialogue - Lesson given to St Augustine, who yields and performs an act of adoration.

Conclusion. Confronted with the mysteries of our religion, let us not reason, but let us instead yield and simply believe.

(Lesson from the Gospel)

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