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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Marian Press (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159614260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596142602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 'One Thing' is Three by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, is written for everyone. The conversational tone has an appeal that invites the reader into the journey of life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves the Church and seeks a deeper understanding of her teachings. Filled with references to Vatican II and Pope John Paul II, this book will enrich your belief in God's plan of salvation, especially during the Year of Faith --Bishop David Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, Wis.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, has a holy passion not only to contemplate the truth and beauty of the Trinity but to communicate it, which he does here with practical wisdom and spiritual insight. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation of the mysteries of faith, based on what the Church teaches about the highest and holiest Mystery of all: 'The communion of the Holy Trinity is the source and criterion of truth in every relationship' (CCC, n. 2845). Both inspiring and illuminating, I highly recommend this book. --Scott Hahn, Ph.D. Author, Speaker, Professor of Theology and Scripture, Franciscan University of Steubenville

In The 'One Thing' Is Three, Fr. Gaitley, offers the perfect resource for all those who desire sanctity and wisdom but who are busy just trying to keep up with life's constant demands. Whether you're new to the faith or a cradle Catholic like me, this book will unlock the treasures of Catholicism in a way that's clear, concise, and compelling. --Robert Stackpole, STD Director, John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy

About the Author

Father Michael Gaitley, MIC was ordained to priesthood Saturday, October 16, 2010. Father Michael holds a Masters Degree in Theology, and a Licentiate Degree in Spiritual Theology. After 8 years of working on his book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus it was released in February 2010 with the creative campaign, Don t Give up Chocolate for Lent, Do this Retreat Instead . With some incredible endorsements from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Danielle Bean of Faith and Family magazine, and many more, the book is now in its 7th printing. The uniqueness of this do-it-yourself retreat is that it combines the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the teachings of Saints Therese of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska and Louis de Montfort. Fr. Michael is the director of the Association of Marian Helpers in Stockbridge, Mass. holding the honorary title of Father Joseph .

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on February 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I was in graduate school studying theology, I took a course on the Trinity. It featured a very large scholarly book and lots of Greek words. I found it fascinating, but understood relatively little. There is a reason why the Trinity is considered a mystery.

In "The `One Thing' is Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything," Fr. Michael Gaitley makes a valiant attempt to simplify the mystery. "[This book is] meant to bring the Trinity home to our hearts [and] make difficult theology easy to understand." The core of the mystery of the Trinity is the concept of communion - living in communion with God and others.

Gaitley focuses on John 17:24-26 as being the greatest passage of Scripture, "a passage that reveals the mystery at the Heart of the Word made flesh and the deepest expression of communion." Jesus' "burning desire" is "That we all be one. He wants us all to participate in the communion of love of the Most Holy Trinity."
The book is divided into three sections, or points: Communion with the Trinity (our final end), Transforming Communion with Christ (our immediate end), and The Mission of Communion (Our Mission.) If you are already feeling overwhelmed, there is no need to worry. Gaitley takes each point step by step and does his utmost to explain them in a simple and conversational, yet theologically sound, style.

In "Communion with the Trinity," salvation is explained as being a combination of redemption and glorification. "In saving us, God wants to make us share in his own divine life." While Satan works to distract us from the good things God offers us, we are offered a choice between "communion or alienation, life or death, eternal bliss or eternal hell. Do we want to serve God or serve ourselves? Will we do God's will or our own?. . .
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Caspar on February 15, 2013
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This is an amazing achievement.

Peter Kreeft's review on the back captures it well--this book is the heart and soul of Blessed Pope John Paul II's pontificate presented in a readable, conversational style, accessible to almost all readers. Father Gaitley begins in the heart of the Trinity and descends from there to deal with such mysteries of the faith as deification, original sin, Christ's Incarnation, our participation in his divinity through his participation in our humanity, and much more. He outlines the fundamental tenets of the culture of death and then lays out the heart of the culture of life, explaining what it will take to achieve the advent of a civilization of love. All that, as well as a swift overview of the Divine Mercy, a recommended reading list, and a uniquely pastoral style.

Gaitley writes gently, leading the reader through all these concepts and "super-concepts" at the heart of the Catholic faith rather like a tour guide, making sure not to lose any of his tour group on the way. By the end of the book, though, the tourists will have been prepared to give the tour themselves and to live the truths they've learned, to embrace the fullness of the faith and allow it to transform them in loving communion with Christ, their Father in heaven, their neighbor, and the world.

I didn't think this book was possible. He managed it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diana on April 4, 2013
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Father Gaitley has a spectacular writing style--conversational, relaxed--which makes his discussion of complex theological subjects like the Trinity easy to understand. I am only just beginning this book, but I have to say, every time I sit down to read just a little bit more, I love it!

I highly recommend any and all of Father Gaitley's books, especially for those who want to grow in holiness. They are wonderful opportunities to think, learn, meditate. And, as St. Isidore of Seville says:

"If a man wants to be always in God's company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us."

Reading Father Gaitley's books, God is just a little easier to understand. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mom of 4 girls on July 24, 2013
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Father Gaitley's work has had a profound influence on my spiritual life. I have also had the opportunity to hear him speak, and this book reinforced some of the ideas he explained in one of his talks. The book seems at the outset like it's about "just" the Holy Trinity, but Father Gaitley basically takes some deep theological concepts, presents them in user-friendly ways, and shows how they describe the Father, Son, and Holy's Spirit's interactions with the whole of creation, and how we are to respond in return as created beings. I found his book "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" to be more of a devotional book- this is more of a knowledge-giving book, but it's deep knowledge that I need to have as the foundation of my very soul. It's quite beautiful and has enhanced how I perceive my vocation as a mom, my day-to-day life, my attendance at Mass, my relationship with Jesus... I recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marypat on July 3, 2013
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The title gives you the impression that this is a book just about the Trinity but it's so much more... it's about God, His relationship of Love and His plan for us to be part of that relationship. It's not what initially expected but it definitely far exceeded my expectations. We used it as a email book club & loved it!
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