Football, Monks & Friendship — Learning from Each Other

I loved this Catholic News Service video, a follow up to an earlier sharing, that looks at the blossoming friendship between NFL player Ramon Foster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Benedictine Father Paul R. Taylor, the Executive Vice President of St. Vincent College. In the video, priest and pro share what they’ve learned from one another in this unlikely friendship. I’d imagine that both have been blessed in unexpected ways!

A question for you: Do you have any “unlikely” friends from outside your normal social circle? What have you learned from them?

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  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    I don’t know what you mean by outside normal social circle, but my lifelong best friend – now tragically dead of cancer – was from a totally different social class and geographic area than my family. I don’t think I ever had a problem with that sort of thing; when I was in the Italian Army, my best friend was a young shepherd from the far south of Italy who spoke only his own dialect, and when I worked as a security guard while studying at college I had warm and pleasant relationships with former convicts and a deserter from the French Foreign Legion.