I have mentioned before that when I awake from a nap I can often see Pat typing messages to me on something that looks like Facebook. It usually goes by fast and I have trouble reading it. This time it was different. I was waking up at 3 pm – the number three is important. Pat was complementing me on Quiet Love … eyes to see and words to tell the truths that are most true. She typed that our marriage and love was like a community of three. At the centre of US was an eternal divine community of perfect love. The Bible says that God is love, but the only way God can be love is for God to be a community of divine persons. Love does not exist in a monad. God is that eternal community of love and so was our marriage. Each person of the Trinity is irreducibly and uniquely itself, distinct in three persons, and yet is perfectly united in being, love, and purpose. It is a true community of perfect love. It is like what I drew as the circles that took James in on page 93 of Quiet Love
In John’s gospel, before his death Jesus prays to his Father, “23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:23 King James Version (KJV)
Jesus makes the astounding claim that the triune God’s ultimate purpose is to include us in this eternal trinitarian dance of love. The Father sends the Son to be one of us. By faith and baptism we are included in his relationship with the Father. By the gift of the Holy Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father!” We are in the Son, and the Son is in the Father, and we come to share in this eternal community of love through the Holy Spirit.
St. Augustine, also confirms this: “Now when I, who am asking about this, love anything, there are three things present: I myself, what I love, and love itself. For I cannot love love unless I love a lover; for there is no love where nothing is loved. So there are three things: the lover, the loved and the love.”
Her waking me up to this truth is proof to me that we never separated and Pat and I are one soul. Pat is indeed in heaven preparing a place for us. We are well on our way to becoming GOD AND US.