One God, Three Divine Persons
The Catholic Church teaches that the fathomless mystery we call God has revealed himself to humankind as a Trinity of Persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Catholic believe that God is revealed through 3 persons, who manifest different aspects of God and are one in God, coequal and coeternal. They are the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.
Three Persons, One God
The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine of Catholic Faith. Upon it are based all the other teachings of the Church. In the New Testament there is frequent mention of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. A careful reading of these scriptural passages leads to one unmistakeable conclusion: each of these persons is presented as having qualities that can belong only to God. But if there is only one God, how can this be? The Church studied this mystery with great care and, after four centuries of clarifications, decided to state the doctrine in this way: In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, truly distinct one from another. Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed:"The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three gods but one God."
A number of symbols are used to represent the Holy Trinity.
- All-seeing eye/hand = Father
- Crucified Christ/Lamb = Son
- dove = Holy Spirit