Episode 31 – Apology and Friendship

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Brett boldly initiates an unscripted, unplanned, honest conversation about his friendship with Jake and various things getting in the way of their fellowship.

Key Points

  • Brett apologizes for not being a good friend as of late
  • Suggestions and interpretations can given from the evil one
  • We can harbour negative interpretations and reactions that aren’t good for relationships
  • Deep brotherhood is unfortunately uncommon
  • The interpretation(s) we make of someone’s actions, or lack thereof, are very powerful and potentially damaging
  • There is great value to acknowledge if something seems off in an important relationship and talk about it
  • Addressing the reality of a relationship can be scary
  • We can just let the weeds take over a relationship
  • We have to fight for the things that matter
  • “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure. There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence. A faithful friend is an elixir of life; and those who fear the Lord will find him.” (Sirach 6:14-16)
  • It’s important to acknowledge and address our “brother wounds”
  • Generally, there are two types of wounds: A – absence of something that should have been there, B – some bad that happened
  • The intensity and duration of wounds are other factors that matter
  • Dr. Bob Schuchts is a great Catholic psychologist who offers healing retreats

Discussion Questions:

  • What struck you from this episode?
  • What gets in the way of your friendships with other men?
  • What friend might you need to repair with? How can you do that?

Resources

  • “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship” St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Dr. Bob Schuchts

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