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Of the Trinity: When 1x1x1=1

Adoration of the Trinity by Albrecht Dürer, 1509

Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurped town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but Oh, to no end.
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betrothed unto your enemy:
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

— Holy Sonnet 14 by John Donne

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  • Joseph Krill March 15, 2020, 8:54 AM

    I have found that if you just read the words of Christ and only those words, your whole outlook on Christianity and life will change for the better. We miss so much by cluttering up His message with insignificant and in many cases misleading information.

  • jwm March 15, 2020, 9:01 AM

    Donne, Herbert, Kipling, and VanderLeun are my favorite poets.
    James Dickey is up there too.


  • Jewel March 15, 2020, 12:02 PM

    St. Thomas Aquinas is one of my favorites, too.

  • Auntie Analogue March 15, 2020, 1:09 PM

    “My Kingdom is not of this earth,” said Jesus.

    Which is why we pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be Donne [oops!] . . . done.”

    Thank God that, even at moments amid tremendous misfortune, He gave us the wit and sense to wink and grin. As better days are coming though they be not days, but Eternity.

  • Terry March 15, 2020, 3:58 PM

    Auntie Analogue-

    There are many commenters here at AD that I really enjoy reading. You are one of them.

  • Auntie Analogue March 15, 2020, 4:44 PM

    My dear Terry: go ahead, make me blush. Thank you for your kind compliment.

  • rabbit tobacco March 15, 2020, 5:47 PM

    There are 2 salvations: a daily salvation via the word of God
    and a heavenly salvation via the blood of Christ.

  • Kinch March 18, 2020, 1:27 AM

    Boom. If Gerard Manley Hopkins didn’t read this a a young squirt and get smacked with a giant clue stick, I’ll eat my hat.

  • Vanderleun March 18, 2020, 8:16 AM

    You will have no need to eat said hat.