“God is a Trinitarian communion of Persons whose life is love. He created us to share in this communion of love.”
— Echoing the Mystery, Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in Catechesis
“He created us to share in this communion of love.” This truth reveals why each of us yearns to love and to be loved. God created us—designed us to share in the life of the Most Blessed Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Yet, ironically, this reality is often the source of our own struggle, suffering, and heartache.
To love requires vulnerability and the risk of being hurt. We can project this fear on God and become apathetic toward life. The remedy is to draw strength from how God continues to share Himself with us, including through the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love. These virtues orient us toward God and deepen our relationship with Him.
During the next month, I encourage you to exercise the virtue of faith by studying the doctrine of the Most Blessed Trinity. We will post the essentials from Echoing the Mystery for you to read and reflect upon. God has invited all of us to share in His innermost secret and has given us the intellect to learn about Him and a memory to remember His marvelous deeds. We must do our part and make an effort to know Him so we can love Him more.
Spot the Virtue
This week, we will focus on the virtue of Foresight, which enables us to consider the consequences of our actions and to think ahead. Living this virtue can help us overcome our tendency to procrastinate or delay in making decisions. One way to cultivate this virtue is to pray, think, and act.
When spotting this virtue in someone, look for the student who comes to class prepared or is able to plan ahead for a larger assignment—or even perhaps planning ahead for the weather. It may look and sound like the following:
Name: Annie, I noticed you brought boots to school because you knew it would be muddy on the playground.
Explain: You practiced foresight this morning because it had rained last night.
Express: Great that you looked ahead and prepared to play outside at recess.
Spot this virtue in at least one person this week.
During the next week, pray:
“Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
Reflect upon the meaning of this simple prayer and how it draws us into the love of the Most Blessed Trinity.
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