Catholic Vitamin F Friendship

Pictured above: Dee Fox and good friends Betty and (Deacon) Don Schaefer. This picture was taken in their newly remodeled kitchen in Denver in November of 2009.

Well dear friends… — sometimes we hear those sort of words from the pulpit, sometimes from a politician. They can be made to sound sincere – but they can be rather shallow in their intent. Today’s podcast is about friendship. Deep and caring friendship. And we spend time with our good friends, Deacon Don and Betty Schaefer. We talk a little bit about their journey and about friends in their lives. We do some joking and sharing about the friendship between Don and Betty and Dee and Tom We hope you will listen. And when we were finished recording that show — it came to me that common faith practice — deep abiding acceptance of our Catholic Faith was, in part a reason for our bonding. But too — Don and Betty are very likable, caring folks.

I found a site with lots of Friendship quotes — here is a nice sampling:

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Love is blind. Friendship tries not to notice
The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.
Life without a friend is like death without a witness.
The best mirror is an old friend.
There are many types of ships. There are wooden ships, plastic ships, and metal ships. But the best and most important types of ships are friendships
Friendship is when people know all about you but like you anyway.
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship–never
It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
Life is nothing without friendship.
Love is friendship set on fire.
My best times, are the times I spend with you.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when they would rather be someplace else.
The road to a friend’s house is never long.
Always remember that every good friend was once a stranger – old proverb.
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. — Barbara DeAngelis.
Friends always show their love. What are brothers for if not to share troubles? — Proverbs
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together — Woodrow Wilson
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. — Martin Luther King, Jr
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. — Benjamin Franklin
No one person can possibly combine all the elements supposed to make up what everyone means by friendship.
No man is useless while he has a friend. — Robert Louis Stevenson
A friend to all is a friend to none. — Aristotle
True friends are those who are there for you unconditionally. Never do they question, but always offer support no matter what the circumstances are.Best Friends are the people worth living for.

Side by side or miles apart, dear friends are always close to the heart.

A best friend is somebody who knows every last thing about you, yet still manages to like you anyway.
The medicine of life is to have several true faithful friends.
Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life.
I get by with a little help from my friends. — John Lennon
In a friend you find a second self. — Isabelle Norton
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. — Henry Ford
A true friend stabs you in the front. — Oscar Wilde
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. — Aristotle
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. — Euripides
Friendship is like thighs, they are always sticking together.
Dont walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead, just walk beside me and be my friend.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. — G. Randolf
Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it. — Belgicia Howell
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. — Benjamin Disraeli
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude roots that can be pulled up. — George Eliot
What is a friend? I will tell you it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. — Frank Crane
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. — Fr. Jerome Cummings
Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow, we will stand by each other, however it blow. — Simon Dach
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. — Charles Darwin
Our kind of friendship is like love without wings! Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends. — Jacques Delille
A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. — Frank Crane
Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness! — George Eliot
Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead. Do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead. — Anna Cummins
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Never exaggerate your faults, your friends will attend to that. — Robert C. Edwards
A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence. — Sheryl Condie
I need you too know our friendship means a lot – If you cry then I cry, if you laugh..if you jump out the window I look down then….I laugh again 🙂
But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. — Mohammed Ali
A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends. — Frank Crane
Have no friends not equal to yourself. — Confucius.

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” — Bernard Meltzer.
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. — Fr. Jerome Cummings
Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. — Cindy Lew
Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure. — Jewish Saying
“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.” — Elbert Hubbard
“Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.”– Jewish saying
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. — Aristotle
“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”– Albert Camus
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.– Abraham Lincoln
Hold a true friend with both your hands. — Nigerian Proverb
“A faithful friend is the medicine of life.” — Apocrypha
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.– Anonymous
Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try. — Claude Mermet
“Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.” — Baltasar Gracian (1647)
“Friendship needs no words…”– Dag Hammarskjold.
“Friends are the sunshine of life.”– John Hay (1871)
“The best mirror is an old friend.”–George Herbert
One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. — Hasidic Saying
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.– Walter Winchell
Friends are needed both for joy and for sorrow. — Samuel Paterson
Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.– John Evelyn
Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.– Swedish proverb
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.– Anonymous
Count your age with friends but not with years – Anonymous
Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. — Lois L. Kaufman
“I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.”– Pietro Aretino (1537)
“There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.”– Hillaire Belloc

Our special thanks to our guests and to another friend Deacon Chuck Stevens. It is his song HARVEST OF LOVE that we closed this show with. Chuck offers a lot of his music — some free of charge by going to his website which is found at:

Thank you Chuck. Blessings upon you and family and your ministry. I hope we can have you as a guest on our show in the coming weeks or months.


Deacon Tom

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