The prayer of friendship

Last night, several friends from NET took me out to Junior’s in Times Square to celebrate my new job.  It was a wonderful night, and reminded me of something I scribbled down several years ago:

“Friendship is, at its best, a prayer.

It is, after all, an act of faith. It is sacred. It is an epistle, delivered from one person to another. In its best moments, friendship is a canticle that celebrates, a parable that teaches. In the close proximity of a friend, you find a cathedral where promises are kept, and a chapel where tears are shed. Friendship is a responsorial psalm: one heart speaks, another responds, and in the silences in between we hear something of God.

Jesus—no stranger to friendship, or to its swift reversal, betrayal—said that wherever two or more are gathered in his name, there he is, too.

Perhaps when we seek a friend, we are seeking God, the God who dwells in all of us, the God in whose image we have all been made. Perhaps in friendship he is there, waiting to be found, the God of laughter and companionship, the God of shared secrets and long stories and strong coffee, the God who is comfortable just kicking back. He is there to listen, because that’s what friends are for. He is there to guide us on the journey, to see that we are not alone and that there is someone with us who can read the map. He is there to help us find faith in one another, at moments when that particular faith may be all that we have. He is there to let us know that someone else understands our pain, shares our joy and, thankfully, gets our jokes.

Out of that, we are encouraged and given hope. Out of that, I believe, we are given God.”

“Friendship Is A Prayer”

Thanks, guys, for the reminder, and the cheesecake, and the friendship, and the prayer.  God love you all. 

Now, cue Randy Newman.

  • http://breadhere.blogspot.com/ Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    Friendship is a prayer… what a beautiful sentiment and what a fine link.

    I’m glad that you got to enjoy the community and fellowship of a night out with your friends as you make your way to a new chapter.

    You are someone that I consider a friend and a brother in Christ. God love you too!

  • http://homeindouglas.blogspot.com Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

    Beautiful, Greg! Thanks!

    (What new job?)

  • Christopher Quinn

    A really wonderful evening. Felt truly blessed to not only be a part of it but also to have shared the opportunity to work and minister together in Catholic media.
    One question though – If we were celebrating your new position how is it that the ‘icon’ arrow is pointing directly to Blaine? :)
    All the best!

  • Regina Faighes

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute with us. You are, indeed blessed to have wonderful friends and I know they are grateful to have a friend in you! My Mom used to say friends are the family we choose. Your beautiful article proves that she was correct. And congratulations on your new job. I hope you will be very happy!

  • http://balancingtheledger.blogspot.com/ Joe Cleary

    Thanks Greg–your essay from eight years ago still resonates.

    Your ability to see the transcendent and holy in something as “common place” as hanging out with your friends, and then share it so eloquently, is a rare grace and I know I speak for many of your ‘virtual friends’ in offering you best wishes with your new editing position.

  • Klaire

    Are you leaving the NET or working both jobs?

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    Klaire …

    Leaving NET. The good people at CNEWA made me an offer I couldn’t refuse :-)

    Dcn. G.

  • Klaire

    Congrats Dcn. Greg! I’m sure you will be greatly missed, but they were lucky to have you get things started!

  • http://annebender.blogspot.com Anne Bender

    Deacon Greg,

    thank you for this beautiful tribute to friendship. I’m sure that your friends are blessed to find God in you!

  • D. DeMaria

    Greg: Loved the quotation. I have been really thinking about friendship since hearing the reading last Friday (Sirach Ch. 6) about it. Congratulations on your new position. Hope they will appreciate your talents there.

  • Deacon Lou Malfara

    Greg, good luck to you in your new position. You are perfect for it. I will keep you in my prayers. I enjoy your blog. I think that it’s important. I tell my homilectics class here in Philadelphia to be sure and check your site.

    Thanks, for everything, Deacon Lou Malfara, Arch of Phila


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