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From the Pastor's Desk - May 24, 2024

Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

As we celebrate Trinity Sunday, we recall that we are created in the image and likeness of Holy Trinity: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27). By reflecting on the Holy Trinity, we discover who we are.

1. Human beings are called to communion: We only realize our full potential by living in communion with others, just as God is a communion of three divine Persons. The ideal is not the self-made individual who “goes it alone,” but the one who lives in an abiding communion with God and others.

2. The fundamental unit of society is the family: We tend to think of the individual person as the most basic component of society, but reflecting on the nature of God as Trinity points to us to something more important and more fundamental than that: the family. Society should pursue the flourishing of family life.

3. Man only discovers himself by making a sincere gift of himself: We only come to full maturity when we make of ourselves a gift to another, whether that be through marriage, religious life, priesthood or single life. God is a perfect, full and free exchange of life between the three divine Persons.

4. Life-giving love is our highest calling: God possesses the fullness of life in a full exchange of love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As creatures made in his image and likeness, we are called to be fruitful (“Be fruitful and multiply”) through a free exchange of love.

5. We only know ourselves in relationship: The only thing to distinguish the Persons of the Holy Trinity is relations: The Father is only the Father because of the Son; the Son is only the Son because of the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the relation of love between them. We only know and become ourselves in real relationships with God, family and friends.

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, or the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in the Eucharist. At 10:00am, we will have a Eucharistic procession from the main entrance of the church, across 355, to Fr. Meyer Field. There will be five altars set up with the praying of a decade of the rosary at each of the altars where we adore the Eucharistic presence of Christ. I encourage those who have recently made their first Holy Communion to attend wearing their dresses and suits they wore on their first Communion day.

In Christ,

Fr. Dave

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