The Trinity is three persons. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The love that exists between the three persons of the Holy Spirit is perfect. We humans only know human love. Therefore, we cannot imagine how great is the love that exists between each Person of the Trinity.

Yet Our Lord prayed that the love that each of the three Persons had, we humans would also have.

In John Chapter 17, Our Lord prayed: “As You, Father are in Me, and I Am in you, may they also be One in us.” (us 21) “That they may be completely One, so that the world may know that you … have loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (v. 23) “So that the love with which You have loved Me

maybe in them and I in them.” (v.26)

In other words, Our Lord prayed that we humans would have a love for God which will equal God’s Love for us. It makes sense, that if God has chosen each one of us to be His spouse, then He would want us to have a love for Him which is equal to His Love for us. He would want a partner whose love is on His level.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church article 260 states: “The ultimate end of life is to be in perfect unity with the Blessed Trinity.” “But even now, (we don’t have to wait until we die) we are called to be a duelling for the Most Holy Trinity.”

An example of a person who came close to this level of sanctity or holiness is St Elizabeth of the Trinity. St Elizbeth of the Trinity was French and a Carmelite nun. She was born in 1880 and died in 1906. As a child she had a terrible temper. After receiving her First Holy Communion in 1891 she gained more self-control. She was a gifted pianist. She entered the convent in 1901. She wrote: “Here in the convent there is no longer anything but God. He is all. I can’t find words to express my happiness.” She had a profound understanding of the Trinity. St Elizabeth wrote about a personal possession of the Trinity. Previous to her time, sanctification was only described as a participation in the Trinity and nothing more.

St Elizabeth taught that we are called to live in the heart of the Holy Trinity. Also, St Elizabeth taught that the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to transform us into another Jesus.

She wrote:

“O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love Descend within me and reproduce within me

an incarnation of the word. O My Christ, Whom I love, I ask you to cloth me within Yourself. Immerse me in Yourself, possess me wholly

substitute Yourself for me.”

A prayer of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me forget myself that I may abide in You,

still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity.

Let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from you,

Pacify my soul!

Make it your heaven,

Your beloved dwelling and the place of Your repose.

Let me never leave You there alone,

but may I be ever attentive,

ever adoring and all given up to Your creative action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified for love,

would that I might be for You a spouse of Your heart!

Yet I sense my frailty and ask You to adorn me with Yourself;

substitute Yourself in me that my life may become but a reflection of Your life.

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