Friendship Day

Friendship Day ... On 27 April 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official International Friendship Day. However, some countries, including India, celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August.


Friendship Day is celebrated in honor of friends who make our lives very special and help us give a meaningful direction to our lives. True friendship is about putting your feet up and knowing that someone is there to bail you out when the world might walk out on you. Without friends, our world would collapse. God is our friend. Our parents usually are our friends and if they are not it is a tragedy. Neighbors can become good friends because we search for people we have things in common with. And not just things, intellectual and cultural things they might have in common with us.

Church is a good place to find and make friends. Here are folks who have Jesus in common with us, and therefore, love.


I am reminded of friendship day in my own life. August 18 is the day I first met a very special friend a year ago. In putting together a card to remember this occasion, I thought of Friendship Day.


If more people would be friends there would be less war. Unfortunately, the word "friend" has lost some of its meaning. It is used in cyberspace by various programs, Facebook in particular, and although a good idea, you can't mass-produce friendship. Friendship is a personal thing between one and another person. Yes we can have many friends, but there will always be someone very special. That person isn't necessarily one we would marry though we might want to, but anyone we admire for one reason or another. 


Use "Friendship Day" to lift up your friends and they will remain friends much longer.


Fred Schaeffer, OFS
August 4, 2018

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