Friendship

On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.

St. Edith Stein

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Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.

St. John Bosco

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For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

St. Teresa of Avila

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If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.

St. Augustine

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If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed.

Pope Benedict XVI

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The sickness of a family member, friend or neighbor is a call to Christians to demonstrate true compassion, that gentle and persevering sharing in another’s pain.

Pope John Paul II

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It is not enough for us to say, “I love God.” I also have to love my neighbor. In the scriptures, St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you do not love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And he uses a very big word, “You are a liar.” It is one of those words that is frightening to read, and yet it is really true.

Mother Teresa

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Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

St. Thomas Aquinas

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