September 26, 2012

Friendship

In Confessions, St. Augustine, A.D. 354-430) called human friendship "a nest of love and gentleness."

He wrote of the many joys of Christian friendship:

"To make conversation, to share a joke, to perform mutual acts of kindness, to read together well-written books, to share in trifling and in serious matters, to disagree though without animosity - just as a person debates with himself - and in the very rarity of disagreement to find the salt of normal harmony, to teach other something or learn from one another, to long with impatience for those absent, to welcome them with gladness on their arrival.  These and other songs ... [act] as fuel to set our minds on fire and out of many to forge unity."