Within us is the desire for friendship but also resistance.  The person in recovery needs friends, at least one soul mate who accompanies the person on life’s journey.

Today, the Feast of Luke, we encounter the only person who accompanied Paul in his missionary journeys and visited Paul when he was imprisoned.  In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul declares “Luke is the only one with me.” [2 Timothy 4:11]

We know the value of a true friend, one we can turn to at all times.  A friend is there to listen, to console, to offer a word of advice.  Through all our trials and hardships, a true friend remains loyal to us.

Today would be a good day to evaluate our friendships.  Think of the person you admire and who has brought you closer to living the principles of AA.  Think of the person, your friend, who has brought you closer to God.  Thank God today for this friend.  Ask The Lord to make you as faithful a friend as He has been to you in giving you a loving, trusted friend.

The ancient Psalm 145 speaks eloquently of friends, “Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.”  Choose this psalm for prayer today or one of your own, and rejoice in the beauty of friendship given you.


These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.