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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Trinity Sunday

- The Holy Trinity by Antonio de Pereda

Conversation is a beautiful word. Its original meaning was “to live together,” “to share a life.” This hangs on in the English legal term “criminal conversation,” which means to have an illegal sexual relationship, not telling dirty jokes! Conversation came to mean talking to each other in the 16th century, because it is by talking to each other that we build community. A shared life means shared words. So the church is held in unity by the millions of conversations that cross theological boundaries and which heal divisions. This is one of the ways in which we find our place in the life of the Trinity. The Trinity is the Father speaking the Word, which is the Son, and their shared sending forth of the Spirit. Indeed Christoph Schwöbel, a German theologian, has said that “God is conversation.”
- Timothy Radcliffe OP - Overcoming discord in the church


Blogger Garpu the Fork said...

Timothy Radcliffe is an awesome writer. I've been reading his most recent book, but it's one of those I don't want to finish, because it's so good.

6:39 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jen,

Which book is that? I just got his one about why be christian from the library but it's kind of small writing and so it's slow going. But I really like what I've read so far.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Garpu the Fork said...

Yah that's the one I've got. found it on the clearance rack at Halfprice books, of all places. (Can't argue with a buck.)

7:48 PM  
Blogger Liam said...

One of my favorite quotes on the Trinity:

"The Father laughs at the Son and the Son at the Father, and the laughing brings forth pleasure, and the pleasure brings forth joy, and the joy brings forth love" - Meister Eckhart

4:22 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Liam, that's a great quore :)

10:18 AM  

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