My Eyes are Filled
May 30, 2023
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (+390) was born in 329 to Greek parents in southwest Cappadocia, a province of the Roman Empire (now modern central-eastern Turkey). He was eventually ordained a priest and a bishop. He was a man of prayer and an assiduous theologian. He is one of the great Fathers and Doctors of the Church. He died a hermit in 390. Paul Tillich (1886—1965) the German-American Lutheran theologian, says that Gregory “created the definitive formulae for the doctrine of the trinity”.
As we approach the Feast of the Holy Trinity (this Sunday, June 4), let us hear Saint Gregory, as he tell us of his eyes being filled (with tears, with light or with wonder—or all of the above):
No sooner do I conceive of the One than I am illumined by the splendour of the Three; no sooner do I distinguish Three than I am carried back into the One. When I think of any of the Three, I think of Him as the Whole, and my eyes are filled, and the greater part of what I am thinking escapes me. I cannot grasp the greatness of that One so as to attribute a greater greatness to the rest. When I contemplate the Three together, I see but one torch, and cannot divide or measure out the undivided light.
Yours in the Trinity,
THE REV. DOMINIQUE PERIDANS