While working on a history of my theological education, formal (small) and informal (bigger but scattered), I came across the term my novice class spent working with the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Several weeks into the class, we had been tasked with developing creedal statements based on the methods of discourse our Brother Thomas used. I read through what I’d written, and I thought, Wow, that was pretty good! Who wrote that one? Oh! I love those little surprises. Anyway, here it is:
I believe in God. I believe that God created all that is, all that has been, and all that will be; I do not how how or why God does this, but I believe that God gives Creation a purpose and meaning. Although it may be a paradox to believe that a Creator could exist before all that is, I believe these things anyway.
I believe that in God, all qualities are perfected. I believe that God is good. I find mystery and tension between these ideas, because qualities I think of as bad or evil must also be perfected in God. I believe these things anyway.
I believe that humans have experienced God in a number of ways. I believe in the eternal dance of the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — and I believe that God is not limited to these expressions, that humans can experience God in many other forms, and that some of these forms are named in scripture.
I believe that God is both within us and apart from us. I believe that Jesus was both human and divine. I believe that God knows and names each star and moon and galaxy, and each cell and virus and protozoan.
I choose to place my faith and trust in God, who dances in mystery, whose paradoxes I cannot understand.