A story is told about St. Augustine, one of the great theologians of the church, who one day was walking on the beach contemplating the mystery of the Trinity. He came upon a boy who was digging a hole in the sand. The boy was pouring water from the sea into the hole. When St. Augustine asked him what he was doing, the lad explained, “I’m going to pour the ocean into this hole.”
“That’s impossible,” St. Augustine declared. “The whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made.” The bad-mannered boy replied, “And you cannot fit the Trinity into your tiny little brain.”
The legend then says the boy vanished, leaving St. Augustine to wonder if he had been talking to an angel.
Deacon Dick Folger