Over many months I have witnessed many posts on facebook concerning true friends. There has been many points made about true friends. During last week I came across a wonderful explanation about true friends. I was totally gob smacked with what I read, why, because it is brutally true.
I wanted to add this document to facebook but it would not be feasible, so I have added a note to facebook pointing to this page.
Read True Friends as a form of poetry and read it slowly so that all the points might sink in. I really do commend this gem of true wisdom to you.
A faithful friend is beyond comparison.
A kindly turn of speech multiplies a man’s friends,
and a courteous way of speaking invites many a friendly reply.
Let your acquaintances be many,
but your advisers one in a thousand.
If you want to make a friend, take him on trial,
and be in no hurry to trust him;
for one kind of friend is only so when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.
Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make your quarrel public, and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not stand by you in your day of trouble:
when you are doing well he will be your second self,
ordering your servants about;
but if ever you are brought low he will turn against you and will hide himself from you.
Keep well clear of your enemies, and be wary of your friends.
A faithful friend is a sure shelter,
whoever finds one has found a rare treasure.
A faithful friend is something beyond price,
there is no measuring his worth.
A faithful friend is the elixir of life,
and those who fear the Lord will find one.
Whoever fears the Lord makes true friends for as a man is,
so is his friend . ‘
The word of the Lord.
A reading from the book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus) Chapter 6:5- 17
Used as the First Reading from 8th Week In Ordinary Time (Friday)
Yes friends, Catholics DO READ SCRIPTURE
some more than others