10 Saintly Friendships That We Can All Learn From

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The experience of authentic friendship is a real treasure. It is, as Elredo de Rieval said, “the homeland of those in exile, the wealth of the poor, the medicine of the sick, the grace of the healthy, the strength of the weak, Who is strong.”

A real friend truly wants every good for his friend, every available grace; wants to share with him all his own joys and sorrows, living them with one heart. In short, he wants, with all the strength of his soul, the happiness of the other. This, I am convinced, is what the saints lived. Whether as brothers & sisters, spouses or friends, they knew how to live that limitless charity of Christ, who gave His life for His friends. To have a friendship anchored in Jesus allows us not to be emigrants, nor foreigners; it allows us to become the home of the other. Having a friend is having the need to help the other to live. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry expresses it in a very beautiful way:


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“So, my friend, I need you as I need a high place where I can breathe freely. I need to sit beside you, once more […] celebrating a smile as calm as the day itself. As long as I have any fight in me, I will fight a little for you. I need you in order to believe more strongly in this smile. I am compelled to help you live.

And so today we present 10 inspiring stories of holiness built in the midst of a deep friendship. Enjoy and share!


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“Love everyone with a strenuous love based on charity, but form friendships only with those who can share virtuous things with you. The greater the virtues you share and exchange with others, the more perfect your friendship will be.” (St. Francis de Sales)

This post was translated from the original Spanish by Winnie Walter.

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Do you want your friendships to be deeper and more meaningful than Facebook “likes”?

Are you looking for a community of companions to create true spiritual bonds?

What does it mean to be people of hope, and how does that change our lives and make us more compassionate friends during difficult times?

Drawing on the cardinal and theological virtues, stories of the saints, and anecdotes from their own friendships, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet—bestselling authors of Divine Mercy for Moms— will answer these questions and more in this Live Encounter- Friendship Project.

As an attendee, you will receive a Guide to making and keeping fabulous, faith-filled friends that will serve as a practical primer for any Catholic seeking fresh ways to reach out to old friends and provide fun suggestions for making new ones. By employing Church teaching and telling us stories of their own friendships and those from the lives of saints and biblical women—including the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her sister Servant of God Léonie, and Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, our hosts will inspire you to seek deeper friendships. Not only will you be drawn closer to friends both new and old but you’ll also be reminded how these friendships—and the virtues you practice to nurture them—draw you closer to God.

Watch their invitation video!

Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet are dedicated wives, mothers, and volunteers. They are also friends, Catholic speakers, and the coauthors of Divine Mercy for Moms, which continues to inspire women to come together to pray, study, and live in friendship around the Divine Mercy devotion. In the midst of their busy lives, Faehnle and Jaminet found themselves missing their old friends and searching for new ones.

Michele and Emily invite you to the Live Encounter!


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About Luisa Restrepo

Luisa Restrepo has written 13 post in this blog.

Luisa is a journalist from Colombia and is the CL Editor. She is also consecrated laywomen in the Marian Community of Reconciliation.

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