Give the gift of friendship in the
New Year 

There wasn’t much Jesus wouldn’t do for his friends. In fact, he was more concerned with being a good friend than having one. He said, “… love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends” (John 15:13).

Why not consider these ideas for sharing God’s love with friends in a richer, more meaningful way:

Make spending time together a priority:  If schedules are a problem, combine visits with other activities. Meet after Mass on Sunday. Run errands together. Have coffee before doing your grocery shopping.

Help other people feel important. Give the other person your full attention in conversation, and show appreciation and admiration for what she is saying.

Celebrate your friend’s successes. A true friend is genuinely happy when something good happens in others’ lives.

Value differences. Don’t try to change your friends. Celebrate their diversity.

Ignore your insecurities. Don’t worry about whether people like you. Just be natural and share God’s love.

Be willing to apologize. It’s human to let each other down once in a while but a sincere apology can bring friends closer together.

Don’t forget old friends. Call someone you haven’t been in touch with for a long time. Don’t know what to say? Try, “I don’t want another moment to go by without being in touch. I’ve missed you.”

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