08 Trinitarian Spirituality - Bishop Bosco Penha

posted May 23, 2018, 10:19 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 23, 2018, 10:20 AM ]
The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the supreme mystery of our faith, and has a lot to say about our lives as human beings. Since we have been created by the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and in the image of the Holy Trinity, all we do must carry the Trinitarian stamp. I want to deal here with our spirituality.

Spirituality is our day to day relationship with God and others, and the way we organise its various components. Since the Trinity is the supreme mystery of our faith, we need to give it the first place in our spirituality as well. When our spirituality does not follow doctrine, we can develop a lop-sided spirituality. For instance, a person who goes to various novenas on week days but misses Mass on Sundays, or another who devotionally kisses all the statues in the church but ignores the Eucharist would be displaying a lop-sided spirituality.

Normally, people would begin with Marian spirituality, laying emphasis on Mary. Since most of us know the love of a mother as a powerful experience, it is easy to relate to Mary as our Heavenly Mother. This is good for a start, but we must not get fixated on Mary. The role of Mary herself in our lives is to take us to Jesus. “Do what He tells you” (Jn 2:15) is what she says to us as she said to the servants at the wedding feast of Cana. Hence, a Marian Spirituality, when it is healthy, should lead us to a Christ-centred spirituality, where Jesus becomes the centre of our lives. It is because so many people remain fixated on Mary that Protestants accuse us of putting Mary in place of God. However, we must remember that Jesus Himself is not the final end of our journey. He came to this world to reveal the Father to us, and to take us to the Father, who is the culminating point of our spiritual journey. Hence, Christological spirituality must lead, ultimately, to a spirituality focused on the Father, which is Trinitarian.

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