Dear Fellow Sons and Daughters of God – 17 July 2014
What I share with you here is truly new to me. And it opens other avenues of thought.
I have always known that the Second Divine Person, Jesus Christ, God, literally suffered in his human nature. It is new to me that “in a mysterious way” God the Father also suffers for and with us. Our understanding of God continues with the help of the Holy Spirit to grow into a greater fullness.
Please let me introduce first Fr Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap. “In 1980 he was appointed as preacher to the papal household by Pope [St] John II. He still serves in this capacity, preaching a weekly sermon during Advent and Lent in the presence of Pope [now Emeritus] Benedict XVI.” The following three paragraphs are from his sermons to the papal household, some now printed.
In the following three paragraphs he is concurring with and expresses recent Trinitarian work of Hans Urs von Balthasar. They read >
“For him [von Balthasar] what happens at the cross is, in some way, a reflection of what happens within the Trinity itself since before time began. In his act of generating the Son, the Father *dispossesses* himself totally of his divinity to give it to the Son in an absolute renunciation of being God by *himself*. It is a ‘theo-drama,’ a divine drama that unfolds within the bosom of God himself; the infinite movement of the divine persons giving themselves to one another implies a movement of separation, with the two entities maintained and transcended thanks to the [Holy] Spirit The Holy Spirit, who is the love of God in a Person, is, consequently, also ‘the sorrow of God in a Person” and is thus present at the cross.
“These new developments in trinitarian theology had a historical impetus. How do we still speak of God after Auschwitz? Where was God then? The answer that was given from a rereading of the Bible and from certain voices buried in tradition [the writings of the early Fathers of the Church] was that God was with people in their suffering. God is not unfeeling; in a mysterious way he suffers for human beings and with them: ‘God the Father suffers the suffering of love.’
“The International Theological Commission pronounced a substantially positive judgment on this new direction, and, with all the required clarifications and cautions, it was favorably received by Pope [St] John Paul II in his encyclical *Dominum et vivificantem*.”
**Contemplating the Trinity,** Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Capuchins, pp. 27-28; Italian 2002, Eng 2007, The Word among Us Press, Ijamsville MD 21754
I have shared this with you. I Bless you with God’s Love.
Please pray for me. JohnJFarren