Holy Trinity as model of spiritual friendship
On this Feast of the Holy Trinity, I thought I’d share this excerpt on the ways the Father-Son-Spirit model for us what spiritual friendship and right relationship are all about. This is from Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship.
St. Francis de Sales, the seventeenth-century bishop who wrote extensively about spiritual friendship, says that the kind of unconditional love we all crave has existed in the most perfect form since before time began in the relationship of the Holy Trinity. If there is one ultimate model of spiritual friendship, it is found in the relationship of the Father, Son, and Spirit. But what does that mean for those of us hoping to nurture a transcendent kind of love right here on earth? It means that even if we can never achieve a divine level of pure love, we still hold the Trinity up as the example of perfect friendship. The Trinity can teach us how to be more loving in our relationships, much the same way Christ teaches us how to live the gospel without reservation.
…We cannot achieve an exact replica because we are not divine. But St. Francis de Sales explains that we can, in fact, find something of ourselves mirrored in that “infinite friendship” because we are made in God’s image. (Walking Together, Chapter 2)
Trinity icon image above by Andrei Rublev.