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Happy Birthday Friend!
Today a Catholic Worker and friend turned 70. It is good to have friends older than our-self so you can have elders to look up. However, my friend is only six months older than I guess he is a fellow elder.
What makes a great friend is someone who takes you as you are, not always agreeing but never judging you. A friend does not stigmatize you or over glorify you. When you are down and up a friend is always there for you.
What makes this friend particularly interesting is that my friend practices nonviolence and Catholic Worker philosophy, not just preaching it. My friend lives simply, serves those in need and resist violence and injustice.
I am blessed to have a number of friends like this one, something I did not have 6 or 7 years back before I retired.. Running through life as an activist, business persons and religious educator I knew a lot of people but had few friends.
To be true friends with another person is gift to valued. You do not earn friendship but by being there for other people it happens. Today I talked by phone, in person or by email with friends of all types, one from California, one who is very ill and suffers, one from Church and many other ones.
Friends can be old or young, female or males, poor or rich, Christians or Muslims, tall or short; it does not matter. A friend is simply a friend.