Holy Trinity – Artisans of Unity

BY ELLIE HIDALGO | May 26th, 2024
Sunday’s Readings

Whenever I listen to the Taizé Adsumus Sancte Spiritus sung at the young adult Together event at St. Peter’s Square in Rome, I am struck by the rhythmic, consoling melody and the unity conveyed through a diversity of voices. The artistry in the singing reflects St. Paul’s assertion that “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

To be human – to be a child of God – is to participate with our Creator in the dynamic, co-creation of our lives and our Beloved Community.

Pope Francis likes good artistry – in the arts, yes – but also in the complexity of our social structures. Peppered throughout his papacy is the vision that we, as people of faith, would become artisans of unity, artisans of peace. Celebrating the Holy Trinity invites us to be deeply relational.

Members of part of an orchestra perform in public.

If a musician labors with notes, voices and instruments, artisans of unity labor with listening processes. One of the most important fruits of our ongoing global Synod on Communion, Participation and Mission is the thousands of dialogue experiences happening in parishes, campuses, and virtually through Conversations in the Spirit.

The Spirit asks a lot of us by way of listening – to open my heart to someone’s experience that is different than my own – listening for the truth, goodness and beauty in their experience or conversely the pain and suffering that cries out for healing and justice. To listen with the heart of a contemplative, noticing how the Risen Christ flows through humanity and adds grace to our labors.

Ultimately, we are invited to listen generatively, for what is trying to be born, created, brought into being through the Spirit to respond to the many needs of our times. Like a new song, our hoped-for unity in our diversity is also a way to glorify God.

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  1. Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    “To listen with the heart of a contemplative, noticing how the Risen Christ flows through humanity and adds grace to our labors.” Ellie sets out the ‘grace to our labors’ and when the contemplative prayer is finished one basks in the joy of knowing the Lord in a different way. Each person adds to the uniqueness of the prayer and offers us an opportunity to know the reign of God on earth. One brings us the joy of the artist, another the joy of the musician, another the joy of the newborn child, another brings us the struggle of wanting to know/love God better. We become surrounded by the quiet assimilation of all into the prayer and thank the Risen Christ for being with us.

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