AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP is found with someone who accepts us as we are. A sure sign of spiritual friendship is when we feel willingness, even a desire, to risk disclosing our true self.
Stressful transitions, times of profound grief and loss, moments when we must release some anxiety or fear, hopes we long to express that cannot yet be voiced in public — these are the moments when nothing is as comforting as a companion with whom we can be completely transparent.
– Stephanie Ford.
Kindred Souls: Connecting through Spiritual Friendship
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For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Psalm 71:5, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thomas Aquinas (January 28).
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