Sr. Agnes Cousins
In this presentation we will explore the notion of friendship signs of spiritual friendship, the value of friendship, pseudo friendships, remedies for dangerous friendships.
St. Augustine’s Confessions could be read as a reflection on the harmful and healing effects of friendship. Centuries later, the English Abbot, Aelred of Rievaulx, inspired by Augustine’s account, wrote his classic work, Spiritual Friendship. Speaking to his confrere and friend, Ivo, he writes: “Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ is in our midst. Specific examples on the value of friendship from the Life of Christ, St. Paul and the Saints will be included. Pope Francis teaches the concept of life as the “art of encounter” with everyone, even with the world’s peripheries, because “each of us can learn something from others. No one is useless and no one is expendable.”
Please bring a Bible, writing pad and pen … and plan to turn off your devices!
Sister Agnes Cousins, BS, MA, MSW, is a Franciscan. She has worked in Catholic education for more than thirty years, in parishes, high school, Archdiocesan positions in evangelization & catechesis, furthermore she helped to establish a Maryvale Center of formation for catechists in Kansas City, Kansas.
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