We call so many people friends these days we may have no idea what true friendship looks like. Aristotle talks about three types of friendship: friendship of utility where we get along with the person when we run into them on a regular basis, friendship of pleasure where we enjoy certain hobbies together, and friendship of virtue where we share a common life goal. The third is the most valuable, and if you’re Christian, the common goal you have with these friends is heaven.
Friendships of virtue also don’t shy away from accountability. If such a friend is doing something wrong or not stepping up when he or she needs to, you’re not afraid to tell him or her about it. Be a good friend today, because:
“A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter:
he that has found one has found a treasure” (Sirach 6:14).
Also check out these videos on friendship by Jackie & Bobby and Fr. Mike:
Having Friends of the Opposite Sex
Don’t Have Any Friends?
Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends?
Meet Jackie and Bobby Angel
Jackie Francois Angel is a full-time worship leader and speaker. Bobby Angel is a campus minister and theology teacher at a Catholic high school. Married in 2013, they have three beautiful children and strive to grow in holiness each day!