“O Lord, how wonderful your name in all the earth.” (Ps 8:2)

            I’ve always enjoyed solving math problems.  When something is true in math, you know it's truth is indisputable.  Math intrigues me, so I work at it and struggle with it.  Just when you think you don’t have the answer, then something finally clicks!  The thrill is unbelievable!  Those who routinely the do crosswords puzzles and are just two or three or four words away from completion knows exactly what I mean.

             At my previous parish, I would sometimes help students with their math problems. Once I was teaching a student how to shift a number from one side of the equation to the other in order to figure out the value of the unknown “x.”  For many years, the Holy Spirit was an enigma to me, like that unknown “x” in algebra, and I recall a helpful illustration someone used to explain the role of the Holy Spirit.  She said, “The Holy Spirit comes over to our side of the equation.”

            Great Christian theologians, including our South Shore Academy patron, St Thomas Aquinas, have written learned treatises about the Trinity.  Yet, comprehending how God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—lives and manifests Himself is indeed understandable, for God is love.  St. Paul writes, “…the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Rom 5:5).  At Christmas, God dwelt among humanity in the person of Jesus (Jn 1:14).  Since Pentecost, God’s presence is mediated in our lives through the Holy Spirit.

In God’s Time,




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