This Is Christian Friendship

There was a beautiful testimony to Christian friendship from Saint Gregory Nazianzen — about his with St. Basil — in the Liturgy of the Hours this past week:

Our single object and ambition was virtue, and a life of hope in the blessings that are to come; we wanted to withdraw from this world before we departed from it. With this end in view we ordered our lives and all our actions. We followed the guidance of God’s law and spurred each other on to virtue. If it is not too boastful to say, we found in each other a standard and rule for discerning right from wrong. Different men have different names, which they owe to their parents or to themselves, that is, to their own pursuits and achievements. But our great pursuit, the great name we wanted, was to be Christians, to be called Christians.

What a model for friendship! St. Gregory Nazianzen, pray for us. St Basil the Great, pray for us.

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