The Trinitarian Missions

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified

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God's Plan Unfolds (257)

The Father "destined us in love to be his sons" through "the spirit of sonship" (Eph 1:4-5, 9). This plan comes from the Trinity and unfolds in creation in the missions of the Son and the Spirit, and in the mission of the Church.

The Work of All Three (258)

This divine plan is the common work of the three divine persons. However, each person does the work according to his unique personal qualities. "One God and Father from whom all things are and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and one Holy Spirit in whom all things are (Council of Constantinople II). The qualities of the three divine persons are revealed in the missions of Jesus and the Spirit.

Revealing Each Person (259)

God's work in history reveals the Trinity (what is proper to each divine person and what is proper to their one divine nature). The Christian life is a communion with all three persons. Whoever glorifies the Father glorifies also the Son and Spirit.

Inviting All (260)

God wants every creature to enter into the unity of the Trinity. Jesus promised, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him" (Jn 14:23).

"O my God, Trinity, help me to forget myself entirely so to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity" (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity).

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