Seaburn Author Takes Rome by Storm

            In the famous funeral oration of Julius Caesar a grieving Marc Antony asked his friends, fellow Romans and countrymen to lend him their ears.  On a recent sojourn to the Eternal City, renowned Seaburn author (The Book of Wisdom) and poet (The Wedding Feast) Jean-Marie de la Trinité went even further, lending his many talents to enrich the third World Metaphysics Conference which was held in Rome between July 6th and 9th of 2006 at the Idente Conference Center and the Urbanum Pontifical University.  His eminence, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general of the diocese of Roman for Pope Benedict XVI, conferred the blessing of the Vatican upon the conference during its opening festivities.  After that everyone settled in for several days in pursuit of a precious commodity: truth.  As in most gatherings involving professional philosophers, even the revelries of the evening were passed according to a time-honored tradition: in vino veritas.
            As early as the very first day Mr. de la Trinité caused quite a stir, even by the standards of a city feverishly caught up in a World Cup swoon.  After an excellent paper by Professor Steven Katz of Boston University which criticized the epistemological credentials of the mystical literary tradition, Mr. de la Trinité patiently pointed out that Professor Katz had omitted several crucial points from his analysis of the mystical life.  These points were elaborated upon the next day in Mr. de la Trinité’s own powerful presentation entitled “The New Metaphysics or Mystic-Beatific Metaphysics.”  For those whose interest has been piqued, I advise you to stay tuned to the Seaburn website, for the future promises a host of new works of both a philosophical and mystical nature  by Mr. de la Trinité.
           In addition to his philosophical and mystical insights Mr. de la Trinité surprised everyone at the closing dinner by being as fine a singer as he is a poet and a thinker.  He regaled everyone with spirituals as well as with an aria from Puccini’s Tosca.  Not only did he sing for his supper, but his moving rendition of “Deep River” moved several of the listeners to tears.  The very next day Mr. de la Trinité was prevailed upon to sing again, this time at the closing mass.  It is said that lightning usually does not strike twice, but it did on this occasion and the reverberations of his gift of song still linger in the ears of mine and many other souls.  One woman at the conference confided to me that Mr. de la Trinité possessed the features of an angel, with a smile so broad that it seemed a source of natural illumination.  I agree.  The beauty of his soul is seared upon his face.  Oscar Wilde once said that by the age of forty we all get the face that we deserve.  This is as true in the case of Jean-Marie de la Trinité as it is in the case of the visage of the virgin in Michelangelo’s Pietá.  While not paid in the currency of cash for all of his wonderful contributions to the conference, Jean-Marie was given a gift that he prized even more – a mass at the crypt of the late great Pope Jean Paul II.  Such are the ways of providence and poetic justice.

                                                                                                           Glenn Statile
                                                                                                          Saint John’s University

Author’s Bio:

Trinite is a mystic-poet and novelist. He was born in Gary, Indiana in 1940. At the age of five, he became aware of the Divine Presence and of God living with him and began at this early age the habit of what is called in mystical theology "the practice of the Presence of God," in which the soul continually and habitually attends to and adheres to the Divinity in its presence throughout the day.

He studied philosophy and theology as an undergraduate at Loyola University of Chicago and did graduate studies in theology and Sacred Scripture at The University of San Francisco.

It was at Loyola that he began to experience ecstasies and raptures and at Loyola also that he experienced the Transient Possession of the Beatific Vision of the Most Holy Trinity. These studies and this vast mystical and beatific experience have guided and inspired all of his writing, now some 13 volumes including two novels, a collection of 701 sonnets, an epic poem of 36,000 lines and two theological treatises on mystical and beatific theology.

The present work THE WEDDING FEAST is Part IV of his complete works THE HOLY TRINITY.

He lives in Fresh Meadows, New York.