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Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham
in the Archdiocese of Westminster.
For this Sunday 22th May 2016
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends,
The Church’s teaching of the Holy Trinity is a mystery which we can never fully understand, at least in this life. How can there be only one God yet three separate persons each with their own nature and equal to each other? But this mystery does teach us one very clear truth, crucially important and with practical consequences; and that is that the very essence of God’s nature is not a mystery of isolation but of sharing, of giving and receiving. For the exchange of love between Father and Son is what Jesus called the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love.
This is why the only true definition we have of God as a person is that given to us by St John, and that is that “God is love”. And it is because of this love that we and everything around us exists. We were created by love in order to love; and this is where the practical consequences come in.
Our whole purpose in life is to learn what love is or, better put, to learn how to love. This is why we are in the world, and if we miss out on this, whatever else we might learn, whatever else we might do or achieve, we have missed out on the most important thing of all. And the extraordinary thing, and perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to learn is, that the more we give, the more we receive and the richer our life becomes. Jesus taught us, if we die to ourselves, we become alive in others and in God. So let us make an effort today, as we celebrate this feast of the Holy Trinity, to reach out to others, to make manifest God’s love to them, through our words and by our deeds.
Fr. Dennis Touw – Tempelmans Plat. Parish Priest
Fr. F. Javier Ruiz-Ortiz . Assistant Priest