The Communion of Interpersonal Love

Seventh in a series, IN DEVELOPING THE idea of God as a gift-giver, and our vocation to imitate God as gift-giver in our own interpersonal relationships, Michael Downey writes beautifully about both God and us in his book, “Altogether Gift: A Trinitarian Spirituality” (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2000, pp. 143, $12). Noting that it is not just the human person who is made in the image of God as relational, but also that all of creation bears vestiges of God, Who is a profoundly relational mystery, Downey writes the following: