May we ask the Holy Trinity to help us grow in the ability to rest in the mysteries of our faith! May we ask the intercession of Blessed Itala Mela to help us learn how to become aware of the presence of the Trinity within our own hearts that we might begin to see Him in those we meet! May we pray for vocations to the priesthood so that we can have priests who continue to pray for the Father to send the Spirit in order that we might have the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus! May we receive the Holy Spirit falling upon us like the dewfall and may we be vessels of the same Spirit to others! And may we obtain the gift of being able to rest in the mystery of One God in Three Persons in an exchange of love offered outward to us! Let us continue to meet in the Body and Blood of Jesus, with the Father and the Spirit! Peace!
©Michele L. Catanese
Note: Next post on July 3.
The quote from St. Augustine comes from Sermo 52:6 and Sermo 117:3. See http://strangenotions.com/augustine-faith/
* There are a number of saints who had mystical experiences concerning the Holy Trinity. Two who come readily to mind are St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, (1491-1556) and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun (1880-1906). St. Elizabeth has a lovely prayer to the Trinity which you can find here: http://ocarm.org/en/content/ocarm/trinitarian-prayer-elizabeth-trinity
** Most of my information on Bl. Itala Mela came from a book called The Spiritual Experience of Itala Mela: A Life Incandescently Immersed in the Trinity, by Aldo Piccinelli, OSB.
1. This is the most famous icon ever written, Andrei Rublev's Trinity. I chose to use it here for many reasons, the most important of which is that not only is each of the Persons of the Holy Trinity shown, but the Son is shown blessing the cup of His Eucharistic blood.
2. This is a panel in a larger work called Viriditas - Finding God in All Things. This particular panel is called Viriditas Holy Spirit Detail. I chose to use this here because it looks like the Holy Spirit is showering graces; and it made me think of the line in the Eucharistic prayer of sending down the Spirit like the dewfall. If you interested in purchasing a copy in any variety of formats you can find this panel at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/viriditas-holy-spirit-detail-william-hart-mcnichols.html and you can find the entire piece at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/viriditas-finding-god-in-all-things-william-hart-mcnichols.html.
3. This is a photograph of Blessed Itala Mela. You can find information on her, in addition to the book listed above, at http://es.catholic.net/op/articulos/63279/itala-mela-venerable.html (You will have to use a translate feature on your computer to read it unless you are Spanish speaking.)
4. I took this photo at the Mass of Thanksgiving offered by newly ordained priest Marcus Fryer, SJ. (In my last post he was pictured as a deacon, if you remember.) He is standing with Deacon Michael Wegenka, SJ who is preparing the cup for Fr. Marcus to consecrate. I chose this because it shows the part of the Mass right before the priest calls upon the Father to send the Spirit like the dewfall so that the Son might be present. (Another congratulations to Fr. Marcus on your ordination!)
5.I took this photo in a vineyard in Vaduz, Liechtenstein while on a trip to the Alps. I chose to use it here because it shows the fruit of the vine, which, of course, is also mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer.
6. I took this photo in Ireland, just outside of Killarney, while walking on a trail. It was a rather gentle waterfall, but I chose to use it here because the flowing of the water reminded me of Baptism. As the water flows over us we are immersed in the graces of the Holy Spirit.
7. This painting is called Undergrowth with a Couple by Vincent van Gogh (1890). It was painted at Auvers-Sur-Oise toward the end of van Gogh's life. I chose it because for some reason I imagined that the couple was walking through dew-covered ground. It seems to be evening which is when dew generally forms.