Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
No. 4/17 - 19th February 2017
The English word for ‘FRIEND’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘to love’. Ten ingredients of true friendship are –
Equality – friends are attracted to one another as equals, people whose mutual acceptance is based on the fact that they share many attractive qualities, values and interests in common.
Goodwill – genuine friendship is not based on a self-centred desire for advantage or pleasure.
Trust – if friendship is to grow it has to be based on the firm conviction that there is no reason to fear betrayal or exploitation of any kind.
Loyalty – if friends have the qualities and motives for a genuine long lasting relationship they make a declaration of friendship, affection and mutual loyalty.
Forgiveness – even the best of friends will hurt one another. A willingness to forgive and to ask for forgiveness helps the friends to maintain and even deepen their relationship.
Respect – friends refrain from asking one another to do anything that would clash with their values.
Self-Disclosure – the ability to reveal one’s real self is what makes friendship different from other relationships.
Listening with Empathy – friends don’t just think of themselves. They listen not only to ideas and facts, but to feelings and experiences as well. Friends try to forget their own concerns to become absorbed by those of the friend.
Confidentiality – friends keep secrets. Hearing an acquaintance recounting a secret shared in confidence seriously undermines the trust upon which friendships are built.
Correction – all of us are blind to our own faults to a certain extent. Because they know this friend accepts correction in a spirit of trust and affection. They speak the truth in love, knowing that truth without love is cruelty, while love without the truth is sentimentality.
Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.
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