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God and the Trinity

The Catholic faith is a Christian and a monotheism faith, which means we have one God.

 

God is infinite and perfect, and nothing stands equal to Him. God's plan for us is for us to know and to love Him with all of our heart. Even though we have one God, in the Christian faith we see three “persons” in the one God. These are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three persons are referred to as the Trinity, and it plays an important part in our Christian faith. The Trinity shows what perfect love is. the Father, Son and Holy Spirit can never be separated from one another and work for the good for all those who love Him. God is Holy and Divine; no one can have a higher name than the Lord's 

 

Faith and God is a whole mystery. No one can truly know or understand the deep true identity of God. The Trinity wouldn’t exist without all three persons; The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. They are to be worshipped as one God. 

From even before the beginning of time, God existed. He created all good things; the visible and invisible. God created humans and all the creatures on earth. When God created the world, He was very happy with it and said, “It was good”. Our purpose is to be in union with God forever and ever. God loves us so much that he is willing to give us everything.

 

How to summarise God in three words is that God is love. He loves us all so very much that He sent His Son, Jesus down to earth to die for us so we can live with the Trinity forever in Heaven. The crucifix, that has Jesus on the cross is a symbol of the Catholic faith. It reminds us of the total selfless love that Jesus gave to us.

 

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.

John 3:16

 

 

When Jesus came to earth around 2,000 years ago, it was the first time when people could communicate with God face to face. Before that time, we were separated from God by sin so much that anyone who saw the face of God would die. Jesus was fully human, like us, but he was fully divine; which meant he was God. He wanted to be like us, so we can feel safe and trust Him.

 

Jesus was born in a stable, where animals are kept, because His parents, Mary and Joseph couldn't find a place that night anywhere else. Jesus wasn't from a wealthy household; He learnt to be a carpenter (woodworker) like his foster father, Joseph. But since Jesus was God, He had a special mission, to teach people about the Trinity and salvation. Many people at the time of Jesus didn't believe that Jesus was God. People thought Jesus would come from a wealthy household and be an earthly king. Many people thought Jesus was lying and a fraud so much so that God's own people (the Jews) sentenced Him to death. Jesus didn't do anything wrong, He was without sin, but Jesus didn't argue against anyone. Jesus was beaten, put to shame and had his hands and feet nailed to a cross for us. He gave up His life for us.

 

It's important to know because before that time when anyone did something terrible, they would be separated from God, and would have to sacrifice an animal to be forgiven. But Jesus had mercy on us and died to take our place. It would be like if you had to owe someone something, like $50, and you didn't have that much money and you were in debt, Jesus came and paid that $50 for you, using his own money so you wouldn't have to pay it. 

In the book of Exodus in the Bible, God gave Moses and the Israelites (the followers of God) a list of rules. This list is called the 10 commandments. Catholics still follow the 10 commandments even today because it tells us what God wants, and doesn't want us to do, and how He wants us to worship Him. The first three commandments are centred around God. The first commandment reminds us that no one stands higher than God and we should not worship anyone except God. The second commandment tells us that we cannot use God's name in vain - meaning we should respect the name of the Lord and not use it as a joke or as a bad word. The third commandment reminds us that we need to remember that Sunday is a very special day because it's the day that Jesus rose from the dead, so we remember that day by going to Mass

 

We should never make fun of God or joke about the Christian faith, because God loves us more than we can ever imagine. He is our heavenly Father and has given us so many wonderful gifts. 

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Romans 8:26

Also, the Spirit helps us. We are very weak, but the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us. The Spirit speaks to God with deep feelings that words cannot explain. 

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Prayer

Prayer is how we talk to God. When we pray to God we are asking Him for our needs and the needs of others. You can pray whenever you like and wherever you like. There are a lot of ways you can pray; some people pray through listening to worship music (music about God), some people read the Bible and use words from the Bible to reflect on and to talk to God about. People normally say prayers in their head, or whisper them quietly to themselves.

The Lord wants us to pray, because He wants to hear from us. It doesn't matter if you are sad or happy; or even if it's the middle of the night. Prayer is how we come to Jesus, and how Jesus comes to help us. A prayer is like a secret phone call between you and God. Even though sometimes we can't hear God's voice, we should always have our ears and our hearts open to listen to God speak. Sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers right away; and sometimes He answers in an unexpected way. God is very special in that way. 

In the Bible, Jesus teaches his followers to pray by praying the Lord's Prayer. You might know the Lord's Prayer from going to Mass, or you might say it at home or at school. 

The Lord's Prayer goes like this:

Our Father,

Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be your name,

Thy Kingdom come

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in Heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil. 

The Lord's prayer is a very special prayer because it's straight from Jesus; that's why it's called the Lord's Prayer. The prayer shows us how to pray, and tells us to thank and praise God first, before anything else. The Lord's Prayer also sums up what we should pray for in our lives. It teaches us that God is our Father who lives in Heaven, and we can ask him for our needs. We ask our Father to give us what we need to survive and to give us the Eucharist, and to forgive us our wrong doings and save us from evil.

 

Jesus also prays to God the Father, and we can see this a lot in the New Testament of the Bible.

Catholics also say the Hail Mary. This prayer is a form of an intercessory prayer, which means you are asking Mary to ask God to help you. 

Only God can answer prayers, but you can always ask other people, like your parents, friends or your priest to pray with you or for you. 

Some prayers are formal, like the Our Father and the Hail Mary, but some can be whatever you want to say to God. Sometimes Catholics pray a special prayer called the Rosary. The Rosary is seeing the life of Christ through the faith of Mary. The prayer is said using rosary beads, and it can help us focus and feel supported in our journey in faith.

 

A prayer is from the heart, and it doesn't matter if you don't know exactly what you want to say to God, because he knows your heart even better than you do. 

Even though God knows what we want and need, it's important to pray, because it shows that we want a relationship with Jesus. Through prayer, we also thank God for everything He has given us. 

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