Nothing among human things

has such power to keep our gaze

fixed ever more intensely upon God

than friendship. — Simone Weil

….Honest friends are doorways to our souls, and loving friends are the grasses that soften the world. It is no mistake that the German root of the word friendship means “place of high safety.” And as Sant Martin said, “My friends are the beings through whom God loves me.”

There can be no greater or simpler ambition than to be a friend.


  • Center yourself and open your heart to the unnamable place of high safety.
  • After a time, look around in your heart and see who is there.
  • Breathe gently and give thanks for the true friends you have.