On friendship–a topic frequently on my mind because of conversations with Wesley Hill.
Here and in the following posts, we shall be reading excerpts from The Friendship of Christ by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914). This book explores aspects of a person’s relationship with Jesus Christ and is based on sermons Benson preached in London and Rome. This edition bears an imprimatur from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, dated 1912.
Father Benson states: “The emotion of friendship is amongst the most mighty and the most mysterious of human instincts. . . . It is not a manifestation of sex, for David can cry to Jonathan ‘Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women’; it is not a sympathy arising from common interests, for the sage and the fool can form a friendship at least as strong as any between two sages or two fools; it is not a relationship based on the exchange of ideas, for the deepest friendships…
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