growth

Anyone who has ever really lived knows that there is no life without growth. When we stop growing, we stop living and start existing. But there is no growth without challenge, and there is no challenge without change. Life is a series of changes that create challenges, and if we are going to make it, we have to grow – Warren Wiersbe

on friendship

Sirach 6:5-17

A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. When you gain a friend, first test him, and be not too ready to trust him. For one sort of friend is a friend when it suits him, but he will not be with you in time of distress. Another is a friend who becomes an enemy, and tells of the quarrel to your shame. Another is a friend, a boon companion, who will not be with you when sorrow comes. When things go well, he is your other self, and lords it over your servants; But if you are brought low, he turns against you and avoids meeting you. Keep away from your enemies; be on your guard with your friends. A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.

 

 

Prayer for Meetings

OPENING

Lord, as we gather in your name, we want to be in your presence. Grant us a spirit of dialogue, illumine our minds with the light of truth and strengthen our fraternal spirit that we may always seek and do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 

CLOSING

Father of goodness, we thank you for this encounter in which we have shared our dreams and doubts, our projects and our difficulties. Make us always respond efficaciously to our vision and our mission in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen