Thought of the day
Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Most Holy Trinity - Solemnity - Year A

"Then the angel showed me the river of Life…"

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe 
Poem "I will remain with you", 1938 (trans. ©Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, 1992)
"Then the angel showed me the river of Life…flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Rv 22,1)

You reign at the Father's right hand  (Ps 109 (110),1)
In the kingdom of his eternal glory 
As God's Word from the beginning. (Jn 1,1)

You reign on the Almighty's throne 
Also in transfigured human form, 
Ever since the completion of your work on earth (Jn 17,4; 19,30). 
I believe this because your word teaches me so, 
And because I believe, I know it gives me joy, 
And blessed hope blooms forth from it. 

For where you are, there also are your own, (Jn 17,24)
Heaven is my glorious homeland, 
I share with you the Father's throne. (Ap 3,21)

The Eternal who made all creatures, 
Who, thrice holy, encompasses all being, 
In addition has a silent, special kingdom of his own.

The innermost chamber of the human soul 
Is the Trinity's favorite place to be, 
His heavenly throne on earth.

To deliver this heavenly kingdom from the hand of the enemy, 
The Son of God has come as Son of Man, 
He gave his blood as the price of deliverance. 
In the heart of Jesus, which was pierced, (Jn 19,34)
The kingdom of heaven and the land of earth are bound together. 
Here is for us the source of life. (Jn 7,38)

This heart is the heart of the triune Divinity, 
And the center of all human hearts 
That bestows on us the life of God.

It draws us to itself with secret power, (Jn 12,32)
It conceals us in itself in the Father's bosom 
And floods us with the Holy Spirit.

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