The importance of Friendship for a Catholic
– The basis of friendship is love.
- Reciprocal love. A person whom one knows and loves well and by whom one is known and loved for virtuous reasons.
- The biblical notion of friendship, in the New Testament, adds the feature of total selflessness after the example of Jesus Christ, whose love was generous, forgiving, and sought only the welfare of those whom he loved.
– St. Augustines Words on Wordship: www.augnet.org
- Friendship is Essential in Life
- Blessings of Friendship
- A friend is to be loved for his or own sake
- Love reaches out
- Friendship involves a search for truth
- God is in all true friendships
– Spiritual Accountability
- “Brothers, if someone is caught in sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:1-2
– Hypersexulization of the Society
– Regardless of gender, ground all your friendships in God and in prayer.
– The Secret Letters of St. John Paul II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq5Iir8MBbE [Students please watch, did not have time to show in class]
– Remember Jesus Christ is our greatest mutual friend who is there for all of us at any time and will always love you.
- “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20