In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the Trinity. The Holy Trinity is a mystery of the faith. This lesson teaches us two different ways to understand the mystery of the Trinity. We will also understand better how the Holy Trinity helps us to know how to live holy lives.
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The Holy Trinity
When we pray the Apostle’s Creed, it is important to do more than repeat the words. Thinking about what you are praying allows the Holy Spirit to help you understand better the Truths of the Faith that are in the Creed.
The Trinity is One God with three Divine Persons. The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. If this is a little confusing, that’s ok! The Holy Trinity is a mystery. A mystery is something we can’t fully understand. The Church teaches many mysteries. We’ve already learned about one of them: Jesus being both God and man!
There are two great and holy men that spent their lives thinking and praying about the Holy Trinity. They gave us simple ways to understand the Holy Trinity a little better. These men are Saint Augustine and Saint Patrick.
St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain how God is three Persons, but is also One God. Think about a shamrock, or find a picture of one. Notice it has three leaves but only one stem. Each leaf has a part that is separate from the others, but it is mostly connected together as one. St. Patrick taught that the Trinity is like a shamrock. There are three leaves representing God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but only one stem — one God.
St. Augustine, a bishop from Africa, used the idea of love to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God the Father loves God the Son. The Father is giving His love to His Son, all the time. God the Son gets His Father’s love, all the time. The Father gives love, and the Son gets love. The Holy Spirit is the love that the Father gives and the Son gets. This is one of the reasons that the Holy Spirit is also called “Love.” We can read this in Romans 5:5: “and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
St. Augustine’s analogy for the Holy Trinity helps us learn about another mystery. We are made in God’s image and likeness! When you give love, you are like God the Father. When you accept love that someone gives you, you are like God the Son. And when you really love someone (for example, saying, “I love you” and meaning it), you give him or her the Holy Spirit. And you will get the Holy Spirit when you are given love, too!
The Holy Trinity is very important in the Catholic Faith. It is why we pray to the Holy Trinity often during Mass. The next time you... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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