More on God the Father – 3

Love “moves from the Father toward the Son and then returns to the Father as the response of the Son . . . [The Father’s goodness] is the free and whole offering of a Being who has not received anything . . . Wanting to give His whole unbegotten Person from eternity, the first Person begat another, in eternity, to whom He gives. Precisely because He gives all of Himself, He is in the other and the other in Him . . . This perfect combination of goodness makes the first Person the origin of the others, who receive all of His goodness so that He might take joy in their responses to His giving of His own being . . . there was no time when [the unbegotten] God was not Father” (Staniloae, D. 2012. The Holy Trinity: In the beginning there was love, pp. 30-37).