Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony: True Friendships: Forgotten Medicine for Modernity’s Ills

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By Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony, Catholic East Texas,

In modernity, friendship seems to be an often optional or superficial thing unnecessary for humanity. People settle for broken hearts and frustrated relationships, thinking that authentic relationships are impossible. Facebook friends and Instagram followers may be important, but we have forgotten the true benefits of friends. Friends help us to flourish and “become the best versions of ourselves” as Matthew Kelly notes. It is worthwhile reminding ourselves of the great blessing of true friendships in order to find the happiness we all seek. Therefore, we will first look at how friendship is a part of God’s original and restorative plan for us, next we will distinguish between true and false friendships, and finally we will see the psychological and bodily benefits of friendship.

God made friendship foundational for our happiness.  …

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