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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three persons in one divine spirit.

Many philosophers, theologians, bishops, popes, Doctors of the Church, parish priests and catechists have been trying to explain the Holy Trinity for centuries. It is impossible in the human concept. Three does not equal one. Any good elementary math teacher would flunk a kid if they gave that answer. And yet, three does equal one if we are talking about the Trinity.

I consider myself well-educated. I did well in school. I love to read and learn new things. I could have gone to school my whole life. But, I'm a sucker. I have to think about rhetoric to recognize it. I am often naive and believe what I'm told, why would people distort the truth anyway? (Honestly, I've really had to filter the news I read about COVID.) So not such a great trait when talking about the information available on Facebook or Fox news. However, my childlike trust works wonders when applied to my faith. When it comes to church teachings, like an obedient child, I simply believe. It wasn't until becoming a youth minister, where I served many overly-curious teenagers that I began to question certain teachings and doctrines of our Catholic faith. It was the Good News, and I could simply take in and not have to examine it. And so it goes with the Holy Trinity. My little brain is too small to grasp that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which sounds like three, is really just one. I know it is true and therefore accept with childlike trust that the Holy Trinity is one. More importantly, the love that bonds the three persons of the Trinity together is poured out into the hearts of those who believe in Him.

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