The Action of God in the World and in the Life of the Believer: The Trinity and the Sacraments

The Action of God in the World and in the Life of the Believer: The Trinity and the Sacraments

Gerard Kelly
Catholic Institute of Sydney
 
Abstract: In the west there has been somewhat of a renaissance of the theology of the Trinity in recent decades. Far from being seen as a far too abstract doctrine, theology has reclaimed for the Trinity its rightful place as the central Christian doctrine, which tells us about God’s saving action in the world. The doctrine of the Trinity is central to Christian living and spirituality. A key for this renewed theology was the dictum of Karl Rahner that the “economic” Trinity is the “immanent” Trinity and “immanent” Trinity is the “economic” Trinity. Later developments of this dictum invoked Augustine’s mutual love theory of the Trinity. This paper explores these developments and applies them to the celebration of the sacraments, through which the Christian is drawn into the saving action of the triune God.