Pope Compares the Family to Holy Trinity

Describes Both as Communities of Love

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 11, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The family is called to reflect the "community of love and life" of the Trinity, says Benedict XVI.



Before praying the midday Angelus with thousands of faithful gathered today in St. Peter's Square, the Pope reflected on the "ineffable mystery of God one and triune."

The Holy Father said the family is analogous to the Trinity and "is called to be a community of love and life, in which differences must come together to become a 'parable of communion.'"

Guided by the Holy Spirit, believers can know "the intimacy of God himself, discovering that he is not infinite solitude, but communion of light and love, life given and received in an eternal dialogue between the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit -- lover, beloved and love," the Pontiff said, quoting St. Augustine.

Benedict XVI continued: "No one can see God, but he himself has made himself known so that, with the Apostle John, we can affirm: 'God is love … we know and believe the love God has for us.'"

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Recalling the promise of Jesus -- "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" (John 14:23) -- the Pope said that to encounter Christ and enter into friendship with him means to receive "the very Trinitarian communion in one's own soul."

"For him who has faith, the whole universe speaks of God one and triune," the Holy Father said. "All beings are ordered according to a harmonic dynamism, which we can call, analogically, 'love.' But only in the human person, free and rational, this dynamism becomes spiritual, a responsible love, as response to God and one's neighbor in a sincere gift of self."

And it is "in this love" that "the human being finds his truth and happiness," the Pontiff said.

To "be able to progress in love and make our lives songs of praise" to the Trinity, Benedict XVI invited pilgrims to have confidence in the help of the Virgin Mary -- "masterpiece of the Most Holy Trinity among all creatures" -- in whose "humble heart full of faith in God, he prepared a worthy dwelling for himself, to fulfill his mystery of salvation."