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Among Women 229: The Friendship Project

Among Women 229: The Friendship Project

Listen to this week’s podcast as we look at one of the prime topics of interest here at Among Women — the spiritual friendships that women ought to cultivate and welcome into their lives. Join me for a lively conversation with authors Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet as we discuss their latest title, The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman’s Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-filled Friends.

Plus a look at some of the wisdom of Church Doctor, St. Hildegard of Bingen — including learning something from this new book about her mentor, Jutta.

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Faith and friendship and evangelization: Who has invited you “come, and see”?

From Morning Prayer:

“The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him; to them he reveals his covenant.” – Psalm 25:14

I’m contemplating the sheer graces of God’s friendship this morning as I chew on this little morsel from the psalms I found in the Magnificat this morning. Often the call to be a saint starts with the call to be a friend of God. The saints truly are friends of God, and that should be our aspiration, as Christians.

I love today’s Gospel too.

“John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you staying?” 
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day. (See John 1:35-39.)

 Jesus says: “Come, and you will see” to the two who inquire after him.

A simple friendly invitation initiates a life-changing friendship with Jesus. What a model for evangelization! I know I was brought to Jesus through the holy influence of people who extended their friendship to me. And I’m thanking God for them today.

Who has invited you to walk alongside Jesus, to “come, and see”? And who will you invite?