+In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

I read a story about confirmation. At homily time, the bishop asked the teens the definition of the Holy Trinity. A shy girl answered very softly, “The Holy Trinity is three Persons in one God.”

The elderly bishop who was almost deaf, replied, “I didn’t understand what you said.”

The girl answered, “You’re not supposed to. The Holy Trinity is a mystery.”

+In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

With the Sign of the Cross, we trace the Trinity on ourselves. We bring God into our minds and our conscious awareness.

We invite God deep into our hearts, to fill us with God’s own life, love, peace, joy and compassion.

Then we trace the Trinity across our bodies to our shoulders and arms to better bear the burdens of our family and friends and then share it (extend arms outstretched) with others.

+In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

This simple action, these profound words, define who we are as Catholics in a public way as nothing else.

Be it at our dinner table or in a crowded restaurant, in our cubical at work or be our kid’s baseball gave, whenever we pray the Sign of the Cross, we mark ourselves as Catholics, as disciples of Jesus Christ who has shown us the face of the Father’s infinite Love and who has poured out the Holy Spirit to be with us always.

In this simple gesture, we proclaim who we are and whose we are and that we are blessed to be Catholics.

In this simple gesture, we define the meaning of the Holy Trinity as Limitless Love, a phrase Fr. Cody shared with me from his homily.

In the Sign of the Cross, we profess our faith. We claim our eternal inheritance. We say, “I believe.”

These past two weeks, we have been blessed with witness speakers who have shown us in and through their lives, the lived reality, the struggle, the joy and the hope of the Holy Trinity in their lives

Before we welcome our last couple, Celina and Patrick Mendel to share their faith story with us, I ask the folks at the ends of the pews to please take and then pass our Faithraising stewardship brochure. Let us pray, asking the Holy Trinity to be with them as they open their hearts to us, and for us, that we might have open hearts to receive their story.

(Prayer)

I am so grateful for Celina and Patrick. Their involvement in Confirmation preparation over the past number of years has been a blessing for our teens. Being co-chairs of our Faithraising Campaign, I have come to know them more and have been blessed by being in their presence.

St. Michael Parish is filled with young couples like Patrick and Celina, Jamie and Jessie Oakland, Sonia and Christophe Allen, Erika and Chris Peterson who have all shared their stories these past three weeks along with Terezia Marlowe.

My prayer is that all of us, young and old, will allow the grace of their lives to stir and enliven our hearts and touch our souls to discern what God is calling us to share these next three years. Please take this pamphlet home with you, pray with the four steps of discernment and decision and be ready to make your commitment at the Celebration Dinners or next weekend at Mass.

+In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.