The Unity and Trinity of God

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Trinity - by CRANACH, Lucas the Elder - from Kunsthalle, Bremen . . . . . The Role of the Father is Twofold. On the one hand, He is taking His Son back, thus accepting Jesus' Sacrifice for Mankind. Yet, the very same gesture serves to Present and Recommend this Offering.

 

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Trinity dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.
)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Trinity

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.

 

 

The Unity and Trinity of God

Dogmas concerning the Unity and Trinity of God
compiled from "Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma" by Dr Ludwig Ott

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The Unity of God: His existence and Nature

 

The Existence of God

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty, by the Natural Light of Reason from Created Things.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Existence of God can be proved by means of Causality.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God's Existence is not merely an Object of Natural Rational Knowledge, but also an Object of Supernatural Faith.

 

The Nature of God

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Our Natural Knowledge of God in this World is not an Immediate, Intuitive Cognition, but a Mediate, Abstractive Knowledge, because it is attained through the Knowledge of Creatures.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Our Knowledge of God here below is not Proper, but Analogical.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Blessed in Heaven possess an Immediate Intuitive Knowledge of the Divine Essence.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Immediate Vision of God transcends the Natural Power of Cognition of the Human Soul, and is therefore Supernatural.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Soul, for the Immediate Vision of God (i.e. Beatific Vision), requires the Light of Glory.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God's Essence is also Incomprehensible to the Blessed in Heaven.

 

The Attributes or Qualities of God

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Divine Attributes are really Identical among Themselves and with the Divine Essence.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolutely Perfect.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is actually Infinite (∞) in every Perfection.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolutely Simple.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) There is only One (1) God.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The One (1) God is, in the Ontological Sense, The True God.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolute Veracity.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolutely Faithful.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolute Ontological Goodness in Himself and in Relation to others.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolute Benignity.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Absolutely Immutable.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Eternal.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Immense or Absolutely Immeasurable.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is everywhere-present in Created Space.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God's Knowledge is Infinite (∞).

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God knows all that is merely possible by the Knowledge of Simple Intelligence.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God knows all Real Things in the Past, the Present and the Future.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) By the Knowledge of Vision, God also foresees the Future Free Acts of the Rational Creatures with Infallible Certainty.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God also knows the conditioned Future Free Actions with Infallible Certainty.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God's Divine Will is Infinite (∞).

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God Loves Himself of necessity, but Loves and Wills the Creation of extra-Divine Things, on the other hand, with Freedom.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Almighty.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is the Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Infinitely (∞) Just.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God is Infinitely (∞) Merciful.

 

The Doctrine of the Triune God

In God there are Three (3) distinct Persons:

yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Father - Has no Origin
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Son - Proceeds from the Father
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Holy Spirit - Proceeds from Father & Son

Each Person has the One (1) same Divine:

yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Substance
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Nature
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Essence **
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Being
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Power
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Intellect
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Knowledge
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Love
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Will
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Mind
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Godhead
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Divinity
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Consciousness
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Wisdom
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) Holiness
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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) In God there are Three (3) Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Each of the Three (3) Persons possesses the One (1) Divine Essence.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) In God there are Two (2) Internal Divine Processions.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Divine Persons, not the Divine Nature, are the Subject of the Internal Divine Processions (in the Active and the Passive Sense).

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Second Divine Person Proceeds from the First Divine Person by Generation, and is therefore Related to Him as Son to a Father.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Spirit Proceeds from the Father and from the Son as from a Single (1) Principle through a Single (1) Spiration.

Origin of the Son and the Holy Spirit

God the Father possesses Two (2) Internal Divine Processions

1. Knowing Act of Intellect

arrow002.gif (3348 bytes) Generates
(not Made, not Created)

The Son of God,
Second Person of the Holy Trinity

2. Willing Act of Will

arrow002.gif (3348 bytes) Spirates
(not Made, not Created,
not
Generated)

The Holy Spirit,
Third Person of the Holy Trinity

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Son Proceeds from the Intellect of the Father by way of Generation.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Spirit Proceeds from the Will or from the Mutual Love of the Father and the Son.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Spirit does not Proceed through Generation, but through Spiration.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Three (3) Divine Persons are in One Another.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) All the Ad Extra Activities of God are Common to the Three (3) Persons.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Father sends the Son; the Father and the Son send the Holy Spirit.

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Trinity of God can only be known through Divine Revelation.