For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When I was growing up, my mom would tell me “you make the BEST friend.” She was observing some innate qualities important to relationships…but she was also observing that I tended to do a lot of the work, and that the gifts I shared with my friends were not always reciprocated: “one sort is a friend when it suits [her], but [s]he will not be with you in time of distress.” It took years to re-learn how to be a good friend, and how to locate others able to share in mutual, life-giving friendships with roots in the Creator’s abiding love for us all.
Recently, I’ve been grateful for a few precious friends in my life, and recognizing in a new ways the power of their friendship. These women are shelter, are life-saving remedy. No sum can balance their worth. Today, I’m taking an extra minute to thank God for these gifts beyond price.
—Catherine Ruffing Drotleff serves as the Director of Development for the Ignatian Spirituality Project.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
—St. Francis of Assisi