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February 4, 2023
Good Friends

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For years and years Saint Monica prayed for the conversion of her son, Saint Augustine. And certainly, these prayers were instrumental in his conversions. But I do not think it is too much to say that the way God answered these prayers of a desperate mother was by helping her son to become good friends with Saint Ambrose.
Good Friends
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Good Friends and Their Importance

For years and years Saint Monica prayed for the conversion of her son, Saint Augustine. And certainly, these prayers were instrumental in his conversions. But I do not think it is too much to say that the way God answered these prayers of a desperate mother was by helping her son to become good friends with Saint Ambrose.

Saint Ambrose was the bishop of Milan in the fourth century. It was Saint Ambrose whose conversations became the rational explanation of faith that allowed Saint Augustine to believe in God. And these conversations, from one saint to another, led to the conversion of Saint Augustine.

What about you? Are you willing to have conversations of faith that lead to conversion? Will you share your faith with others? Saint Ambrose shared his faith (and not just with Saint Augustine) and we are still recipients of his faith today. We are now in a time where we need to think about those ways we can and should share our faith.

For if we believe our relationship with Jesus has eternal consequences, then why wouldn’t we share our faith? Why wouldn’t we want others to come to know and love Jesus who first loved us? Maybe Jesus is calling you to be good friends with the next great saint.

The friar is a website with homilies (based on the readings of the day), reflections, and more. You can also submit prayer and pray for others.

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