Catechism of the Catholic Church

68 Part One you but one divinity and power, existing one in three, and containing the three in a distinct way. Divinity without disparity of substance or nature, without superior degree that raises up or inferior degree that casts down . . . the infinite co-naturality of three infinites. Each person consid- ered in himself is entirely God . . . the three considered together . . . . I have not even begun to think of unity when the Trinity bathes me in its splendor. I have not even begun to think of the Trinity when unity grasps me. . . . 92 IV. T he D ivine W orks and the T rinitarian M issions 257 “O blessed light, O Trinity and first Unity!” 93 God is eternal blessedness, undying life, unfading light. God is love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God freely wills to communicate the glory of his blessed life. Such is the “plan of his loving kindness,” conceived by the Father before the foundation of the world, in his beloved Son: “He destined us in love to be his sons” and “to be conformed to the image of his Son,” through “the spirit of son- ship.” 94 This plan is a “grace [which] was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,” stemming immediately from Trinitarian love. 95 It unfolds in the work of creation, the whole history of salvation after the fall, and the missions of the Son and the Spirit, which are continued in the mission of the Church. 96 258 The whole divine economy is the common work of the three divine persons. For as the Trinity has only one and the same nature, so too does it have only one and the same operation: “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not three principles of creation but one principle.” 97 However each divine person per- forms the common work according to his unique personal prop­ erty. Thus the Church confesses, following the New Testament, “one God and Father fromwhom all things are, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and one Holy Spirit in whom all things are.” 98 It is above all the divine missions of the Son’s Incarnation and the gift of the Holy Spirit that show forth the properties of the divine persons. 92 St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio 40, 41: PG 36, 417. 93 LH, Hymn for Evening Prayer. 94 Eph 1:4-5, 9; Rom 8:15, 29. 95 2 Tim 1:9-10. 96 Cf. AG 2-9. 97 Council of Florence (1442): DS 1331; cf. Council of Constantinople II (553): DS 421. 98 Council of Constantinople II: DS 421. 221 758 292 850 686