Everyone wants to have friends, but sometimes they choose the wrong friends and are led astray by them. We can all be the good friends others are looking for. In this meditation we consider how:
Christ entered into a relationship of friendship with the apostles and he called them – and us – his friends.
Friendship involves sharing one’s intimate thoughts and aspirations with others.
We can learn about friendship from
St Gregory of Nazianzus, who describes his close friendship with St Basil. True friendship involves helping others both humanly and spiritually, and ultimately leading them closer to God and to eternal life.
Jesus called the apostles his friends. He can say the same to each of us. It is a wonderful gift that the very eternal Son of God wants to be our friend. In this meditation we consider what this means and how we can grow in friendship with Christ. We pray about:
Christ’s invitation to us to be his friend
How we can love Jesus Christ
St Josemaria Escriva on friendship with Christ Pope Francis on encountering Christ
Conversing with Christ in prayer Getting to know Christ through Scripture
Finding Christ in the Eucharist
Talking with Christ in work and travel
Bringing Christ to others
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