Father Len takes a deep and challenging dive into the nature of true friendship and its profound effects on us throughout our lives.
Highlights, Ideas and Wisdom
- In Greek, the word friend or friendship is another word for love.
- The word love in English is just another word for sex, not friendship.
- Greeks believe there are four types of love. Love of one’s family, love of one’s friends, romantic love, and unconditional love.
- Catholics believe friendship love prepares us for heaven.
- Catholics believe all types of love speak about the great mystery of God.
- Father Len explains why he believes the United States has a crisis of friendship.
- Father Len describes much of the friendship present in the United States as what he calls cultural friendship. Relationships based not on reciprocal love, but on getting some sort of advantage, either economically or socially.
- “Amen with many companions comes to ruin, but there’s a friend who sticks closer to you than a brother.” – Book of Proverbs
- Today the word friend has been turned into a verb. We “friend” people we don’t really know on social media.
- Friendship brings something into your life that family and romance can’t.
- True friendship helps form us.
- We are formed by God and the community of our family and friends.
- “One can perish for lack of true friends or for making the wrong friends.” – Book of Proverbs
- True friendship has a foundation that you discover. Some common interest, love, passion, vision, or truth.
- Father Len explains the difference between friendship love and romantic love.