“There is nothing on this earth to be prized more than true friendship.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas
The experience of true communion is to know the experience of true friendship. A true friend knows us intimately and completely. Real friendship demands our time, attention, honesty, sacrifice and the ability to say yes to the other without condition. It is no surprise true friends are rare and beautiful gifts in our lives. It seems to me that kind of friendship is sacramental in nature. To know a true friend and to be a true friend gives us a glimpse of Divine Love enfleshed. Like the old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus.” And what a model for all of us to live in true friendship with God, each other, the Dear Neighbor and the earth.
Robert Morneau, in his reflection for today in Ashes to Easter writes, “Friendship and community are about communion, a coming together in mind and heart. Fullness of life depends upon the experience of union with God and unity within the human family. Jesus came to unify us, to save, to redeem us. His mission flowed from his communion with the Father.”
He would make a great member of the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph, don’t you think?