Spiritual Friendship

Jul 31, 2019

“A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter:

he that has found one has found a treasure.”

Sirach 6:14

Who is your best friend?  What do you look for in a best friend?

Fr. Gary Caster, Catholic Chaplain at Williams College, says “It is important to gather around us people who have fallen in love with Christ.  If you want to know Christ, follow Christ, and grow in faith … challenge yourself with great spiritual friendships.”  Fr. asks,

“Do you have good spiritual friendships?  Has a good Catholic friend enriched your faith life?”

What exactly is spiritual friendship?  How is it different from regular friendships?  Mary DeTurris Poust in her book, Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship, says “spiritual friends are two people bound together by a love of God.  They walk side by side, with God always in between.  They magnify our virtuous qualities and bring out the best in us.”

How can you find and nurture spiritual friendships that enable you to deal with the daily challenges of living a truly Catholic life?  Please consider joining the newly formed Spiritual Friends Faith Sharing Group, whose goal is to help you live a more committed Christ centered life.

Initially, we will be reading Poust’s book on spiritual friendship as a guide in helping us to form relationships that intentionally have God present in them.  She reminds us “that the path toward God is never a solitary journey but one of community, friendship, and love.”

E-mail Jeanne Leonardi at [email protected] for further information.

Blessings, Jeanne Leonardi

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