Power of One

Power of One 2019 will be Saturday, June 15

At Holy Trinity, our faith and Ignatian tradition call us to build a more just world that upholds dignity, equality and access to social and economic opportunity for all. Our social justice ministry supports and facilitates living a life of justice and peace, and once a year we try to do this together as a parish. We call it the Power of One.

This year, we will celebrate and serve together on Saturday, June 15 as part of Trinity weekend. Opportunities for service around the DC area are available throughout the day.

Any questions can be directed to Kate Tromble, ktromble@trinity.org.

Reflections from "Rejoice and Be Glad," the Papal Call to Holines

The Pope’s own words: “No one is saved alone, as an isolated individual….I like to contemplate holiness in the patience of God’s people:...in the next-door neighbors, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them ‘the middle class of holiness.’ Let us be spurred on by the signs of holiness that the Lord shows us through the humblest members of that people….The Second Vatican Council stated clearly: ‘Strengthened by so many and such great means of salvation, all the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the Lord—each in his or her own way — to that perfect holiness by which the Father himself is perfect.’...The Father’s plan is Christ, and ourselves in him. In the end, it is Christ who loves in us, for holiness is nothing other than charity lived to the full. As a result, the measure of our holiness stems from the stature that Christ achieves in us, to the extent that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we model our whole life on his….The same distractions that are omnipresent in today’s world also make us tend to absolutize our free time….We need a spirit of holiness capable of filling both our solitude and our service….Jesus clears a way to seeing two faces, that of the Father and that of our brother….or better yet, one alone: the face of God reflected in so many other faces….Holiness, then, is not about swooning in mystic rapture. As Saint John Paul II said: ‘If we truly start out anew from the contemplation of Christ, we must learn to see him especially in the faces of those with whom he himself wished to be identified.’ Matthew 25:35-36 is...a call to recognize him in the poor and the suffering.”

In Holy Trinity’s Power of One Day, parishioners can add to the list given by the Pope: “Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the loves of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.”