Friday, March 4, 2011

Holy Love Among Friends

You know when you read something and you think to yourself, "Yes, that is exactly true!" Like something you couldn't pinpoint and didn't put your finger on until you saw it in someone else's words? Well that's what this was for me...

"When all this has been said, the truth remains that our destiny is to love one another as Christ has loved us. Jesus had very few close friends when He was on earth, and yet He loved and loves all men and is, to every soul born into the world, that soul's most intimate friend.

The lives of all the men we meet and know are woven into our own destiny, together with the lives of many we shall never know on earth. But certain ones, very few, are our close friends. Beacuse we have more in common with them, we are able to love them with a special selfless perfection, since we have more to share.

They are inseparable from our own destiny, and, therefore, our love for them is especially holy: it is a manifestation of God in our lives."

This rings true with me. It describes that indescribable feeling you have with friends. When you are with those few really good friends, the kind talked about here, it feels effortless and easy to love each other. It does feel holy; like God Himself is manifesting through the friendship. I love those kind of friendships! And I love that God created us to have that kind of relationship with each other.

This is from a book I am reading again called "No Man Is an Island" written by Thomas Merton in 1955. There are so many little tidbits of wisdom hidden within this book that you can read it multiple times and find something new each time.


Dave B. said...

Yes slash you are on fire with these blog posts!

Christine said...

I haven't looked at your blog for months (just assuming that you weren't updating) and then I just randomly thought to check it yesterday, and I can't believe how much you have added! And it's not boring!! Not that it ever was, but I'm just glad you're not talking about cats for post after post.

I especially like this one. My prayer is that we can continue to be those friends for each other, always thanking God for this incredible blessing.

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