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February 24, 2017

Sir 6: 5-17

Pleasant speech multiplies friends,
  and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies

Let those who are friendly with you be many,
 but let your advisers be one in a thousand.

When you gain friends, gain them through testing,
 and do not trust them hastily.

For there are friends who are such when it suits them,
 but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.

And there are friends who change into enemies,
 and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace.

And there are friends who sit at your table,
 but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.

When you are prosperous, they become your second self,
  and lord it over your servants;

but if you are brought low, they turn against you,
  and hide themselves from you.

Keep away from your enemies,
  and be on guard with your friends.

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
  whoever finds one has found a treasure.

Faithful friends are beyond price;
  no amount can balance their worth.

Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
  and those who fear the Lord will find them.

Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright,
  for as they are, so are their neighbors also.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. 

Who are your good friends?

The first reading today from Sirach focuses on the qualities and importance of a good friend.  

Who are your good friends?  Your best friends?  Your best friend?  

Take time today to think about and give thanks for those best friends that you have.  Reach out to thank them for being your confidant and shoulder to lean on at all times – when you are sharing a good laugh or conversation, but especially when one of you is struggling.

Consider that friendship is a two-way street.  What kind of friend are you?  Do you only stick around when times are good, but shy away or disengage when your friend is hurting or when the conversation becomes difficult?  Do you check in on that friend who is experiencing pain or needs a sounding board for his or her thoughts or fears?  What can you do today to be a better friend?

Ms. Tracy Lyons teaches math and moderates the Robotics Club at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Dear God,

Today I ask for your help to recognize and appreciate the times my friends were there for me.  Help me also to learn to be an even better friend in return.  

Amen!

—Ms. Tracy Lyons


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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February 24, 2017

Sir 6: 5-17

Pleasant speech multiplies friends,
  and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies

Let those who are friendly with you be many,
 but let your advisers be one in a thousand.

When you gain friends, gain them through testing,
 and do not trust them hastily.

For there are friends who are such when it suits them,
 but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.

And there are friends who change into enemies,
 and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace.

And there are friends who sit at your table,
 but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.

When you are prosperous, they become your second self,
  and lord it over your servants;

but if you are brought low, they turn against you,
  and hide themselves from you.

Keep away from your enemies,
  and be on guard with your friends.

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
  whoever finds one has found a treasure.

Faithful friends are beyond price;
  no amount can balance their worth.

Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
  and those who fear the Lord will find them.

Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright,
  for as they are, so are their neighbors also.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. 

Who are your good friends?

The first reading today from Sirach focuses on the qualities and importance of a good friend.  

Who are your good friends?  Your best friends?  Your best friend?  

Take time today to think about and give thanks for those best friends that you have.  Reach out to thank them for being your confidant and shoulder to lean on at all times – when you are sharing a good laugh or conversation, but especially when one of you is struggling.

Consider that friendship is a two-way street.  What kind of friend are you?  Do you only stick around when times are good, but shy away or disengage when your friend is hurting or when the conversation becomes difficult?  Do you check in on that friend who is experiencing pain or needs a sounding board for his or her thoughts or fears?  What can you do today to be a better friend?

Ms. Tracy Lyons teaches math and moderates the Robotics Club at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Dear God,

Today I ask for your help to recognize and appreciate the times my friends were there for me.  Help me also to learn to be an even better friend in return.  

Amen!

—Ms. Tracy Lyons


Please share the Good Word with your friends!