Let me take you back, many, many years ago when your author, as a 7 or 8 year old, had a horrible headache. I remember it well. Truly, I had never had a headache before so I couldn’t figure out what was occurring, but my little head was just pounding.
I went into the kitchen to look for my Mother. She took one look at me and asked what was wrong. My head really, really hurts I explained. I don’t think I even knew the word for headache yet, to be honest. She asked me what had I done? Had I fallen, had I hit my head?
“No”, I said, “I was just thinking. And, now my head really, really hurts!”
“What were you thinking about?” she asked curiously.
“Well, I was trying to figure out how God could be three persons in one. I can’t figure that out, and I really, really tried! And, now, my head really hurts!”
My mother proceeded to explain that this was something that people are not supposed to understand, we needed to accept it on faith. While I don’t recall if she said it was a “mystery”, she did tell me that it was something that only God understood. She suggested I just accept it and not try to sort it out and then my head would feel better.
I thought about this at Mass today on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, and thought I might share the story with you. This little girl stills wishes her brain could figure out the Holy Trinity. This Catholic adult is humbled by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the three persons in one who love, strengthen and guide us.
I smile as I think about this very real introduction to faith that I had as a child. As an adult, I smile as I think about how many times faith removes the horrible headaches in our lives, allowing us to be radiant.
Be Radiant Friends….