Friday, May 27, 2005

Friends

I've had the chance in the past few days to spend some time with friends I have in the Paulist community and now will spend the weekend with other friends. It always provokes me to remember how people become friends and remain close over many years and geographies. Of course, sometimes we just allow friendship to die from lack of attention but I have also recently had some old, lost friends re-appear in my life. We need friends and they need us. There is also the mysterious element of appeal that draws people together which is very hard to fathom. The intimacy and trust of deep friendship is like our basic reliance on water and oxygen. I cannot imagine a life without deep friends.