Prayer of Thanksgiving to the Trinity
by St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), Doctor of the Church
Act of Thanksgiving to the Trinity, from St.
Catherine's Dialogue on Divine Providence
|O Eternal God! O Eternal
Trinity! Through the union of Thy divine nature Thou hast made so
precious the Blood of Thine only-begotten Son! O eternal Trinity, Thou
art as deep a mystery as the sea, in whom the more I seek, the more I
find; and the more I find, the more I seek. For even immersed in the
depths of Thee, my soul is never satisfied, always famished and
hungering for Thee, eternal Trinity, wishing and desiring to see Thee,
the True Light.
O eternal Trinity, with the light of
understanding I have tasted and seen the depths of Thy mystery and the
beauty of Thy creation. In seeing myself in Thee, I have seen that I
will become like Thee. O eternal Father, from Thy power and Thy wisdom
clearly Thou hast given to me a share of that wisdom which belongs to
Thine Only-begotten Son. And truly hast the Holy Spirit, who procedeth
from Thee, Father and Son, given to me the desire to love Thee.
O eternal Trinity, Thou art my maker and
I am Thy creation. Illuminated by Thee, I have learned that Thou hast
made me a new creation through the Blood of Thine Only-begotten Son
because Thou art captivated by love at the beauty of Thy creation.
O eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O
unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea, what greater gift could Thou givest
me then Thy very Self? Thou art a fire that burns eternally yet never
consumed, a fire that consumes with Thy heat my self-love. Again and
again Thou art the fire who taketh away all cold heartedness and
illuminateth the mind by Thy light, the light with which Thou hast made
me to know Thy truth.
By this mirrored light I know Thou are
the highest good, a good above all good, a fortunate good, an
incomprehensible good, an unmeasurable good, a beauty above all beauty,
a wisdom above all wisdom, for Thou art wisdom itself, the the food of
angels, the fire of love that Thou givest to man.
Thou art the garment covering our
nakedness. Thou feedest our family with Thy sweetness, a sweetness Thou
art from which there is no trace of bitterness. O Eternal Trinity! Amen.
A Trinity Prayer
Love of Jesus Fill us.
Holy Spirit Guide us.
Will of the Father be done.