St. Patrick was so clear in his preaching of the Holy Trinity and devotion to the Lord, One in Three, Three in One, many have undertaken to explain the Holy Trinity. Here is a video clip by Pr. Hans Fiene, Lutheran Satire and a quote from 17th Century Lutheran pastor and theologian, Johann Gerhard basically saying the same thing about the various sundry explanations of the blessed Holy Trinity. Blessed St. Patrick’s Day!
BTW: I don’t think St. Patrick in his few extant writings ever explained the Holy Trinity in the ways portrayed in this video! But the satire is using the similes which have been used over the centuries in the mouth of the saint. But given his writings, I am only guessing but St. Patrick would have confessed the Creeds as the correct teaching of the Lord, Father, Son and Holy Ghost!
The Fathers employed a number of similes to explain (the Holy Trinity), such as the sun, in which there is light, heat, and radiance; or the human soul, in which there is intelligence, knowledge, and love; or an herb in which there is odor, taste, and effect; yet there is only one sun, one soul, and one herb. And there are other figures from nature which one can use. However, they do not provide a perfect understanding; for every figure is inferior to the actual thing it represents. It would no longer be a mystery if one could understand it. It would no longer be exceptional if there were an exact duplicate. If one could comprehend it, it would no longer by incomprehensible. As little as one can scoop up the entire ocean with a small spoon is as little as one can fathom this boundless mystery with human reason. God is exalted as high above all creation as our created intelligence is below the knowledge of God’s essence. If we do not even understand how we are born into this world, how can we expect to understand how God’s Son is begotten from all eternity? If we do not understand how the vital elements are processed in the chambers of our hearts and circulated through the arteries of our bodies, how can we at all understand how the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son?