A shared consideration of friendship as prayer

” … 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.”

~ Greg Kandra,

“Friendship Is a Prayer,” America March 17, 2003

When I read this, the faces and voices of so many friends come to mind. Thank you for helping me to pray.

A Sonnet for Nicholas Ferrar of Little Gidding, on his feast day

Malcolm Guite

Little Gidding and Nicholas Ferrar's monument Little Gidding and Nicholas Ferrar’s monument

Nicholas Ferrar Nicholas Ferrar

The Church of England keeps December 4th as the feast day of Nicholas Ferrar, the devout Anglican who founded the Community of Little Gidding in the early seventeenth century. Ferrar was trying to find a fruitful via media between protestant and catholic understandings of what it is to be Christian. As a member of a reformed church he and his community were devoted to reading the scriptures in their own language, to sharing their faith, and to worshipping together in the beautiful services of the Book of Common Prayer. But he was also keen to preserve and explore the Catholic heritage of community life, the daily offices of prayer, and praise, the pattern of Benedictine work and prayer, rooted in the psalms and the gospels. in holding these together he was recovering and preserving what he called. ‘The right good old way’…

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