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‘Theologians describe the inner life of the Trinity with a Greek word meaning ‘to dance around’. This word conveys something of what the inner life of God is like – a life whose essence is a dynamic love exchanged by the Father, Son and Spirit. And if we imagine this life of God as a circle then we believe that God has opened the circle of his own life in order to embrace us into it. This is why St Irenaeus described the Son and the Holy Spirit as the ‘arms of the Father’ that embrace us and all creation into his own life. In the words of Julian of Norwich, we are ‘embraced by the Father, embraced by the Son and embraced by the Spirit’. This image of being embraced into God’s very life challenges any distant or cold image of God we might have. As St John reminds us in his Gospel, He is in us, but we are also in him’.

Fr Billy Swan

‘O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely so to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave you O my unchanging God, but may each minute bring me more deeply into your mystery! Grant my soul peace. Make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and place of your rest. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring and wholly given over to your creative action’.

St Elizabeth of the Trinity


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