But I Have Called You Friends – Reflections on the Art of Christian Friendship

Author: Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.

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In these gentle, simple, yet profound conferences, Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C., explores both the necessity and the difficulty of Christian friendship. Friendship is the basis of all fruitful love, she wrote. Whether we are single or married, priest or religious, the Lord himself called us His friends and commanded us to be the friends of one another.

Mother explains the reason this command is so difficult: knowing, understanding, and respecting another person are necessary for loving him or her, and these things take time. We must be friends if we are to love. With this small volume, Mother Mary Francis inspires us and helps us to be patient by revealing both the demands and the rewards of our vocation to love and be loved.