More on God the Father – 2

“In God, only one is the Father. He represents all paternity and only paternity in relation to a unique Son, who represents all sonship and only sonship in relation to the Father . . . when we think of Him as Father and call Him Father, He is understood exclusively as Father and He is related totally to the Son . . . In God only one Person has the affection of a Father for all eternity toward an only Son . . . The Father cannot but think of and have in Himself an exclusive feeling of love toward the Son . . . Being only Father, and the Father of an only Son, He wants us to think of Him only as united with the Son. He wants nothing but to have the Son with Him, in all His thoughts and feelings, in His whole existence. He does not want to feel alone in His divinity and for this very reason He maintains His quality as Father, distinct from the Son, because He alone has the Son and only one Son . . . The Father does not want to miss out on experiencing the Son’s love for Him, so He unites His feelings as Father toward the Son with the experience of the Son’s love for Him, without thereby confusing Himself with the Son. The Father experiences the Son’s feelings toward Him as a subject, without becoming confused with the Son” (Staniloae, D. 2012. The Holy Trinity: In the beginning there was love, pp. 22-23).