Lex orandi. Lex credendi. Lex vivendi.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
May 30, 2021 •
Thomas Aquinas says there is one thing yet to do. You get down on your knees, you bow your head to the floor, and you humble yourself before the mystery. ... We should never presume that understanding of the mysteries is ours by right.... We seek understanding. We want to know Him better. But at times we must merely bow before Him in homage and in humility. And in worship.
How can we be so intimate with our God through the holy Sacraments, and yet He still be so mysterious to us? ... What a profound revelation - that God would let us know His own divine nature. What right do we creatures have to such knowledge of our God? None. And yet He wants us to know about Him, to know Him not just intellectually, but intimately. ...
We can naturally struggle appreciating sacredness. Holiness. Reverence. For so long in recent times in our Church it's been lost in our liturgies. That is a great tragedy for us as believers, because if the sacred and the holy are not lived and manifested in our prayer - in our prayer of Christ in the Church, the Holy Mass - the how are the people ever going to learn it?
There's a simple and basic teaching that the Church has always followed: Lex orandi. Lex credendi. Lex vivendi. Memorize this if you can: Lex orandi. Lex credendi. Lex vivendi. It is translated this way: "As we pray, so we believe, so we live." It's one of the fundamental teachings of the Fathers.
Our prayers are an expression of our belief. Our prayer forms our belief. If I am being raised in a Church where the prayer of the Church is holy and reverent and sacred and true, then I will believe in those things. And if I believe them, I will live them.
"As I pray, so I believe, and so I live." ... We pray for the grace to return to recognizing the holiness of our God, so that as we recognize these great mysteries - yes seeking to understand them to the best of our ability - we would always like Thomas recommended, bow before them in humility and worship.
Dt 4:32-34, 39-40, Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20
Homily begins at 19:48