True friendships are a treasure, but it takes work and a choice to build and maintain them. In our busy lives filled with career, self-improvement and family activities, we may sometimes be challenged to find the time for cultivating our friendships. So, are friends a luxury? Not in the long run! Friends can be crucial in tough times. “We are all created for friendship in society. All of us bear responsibility for everyone else,” Pope Francis said, in view of the millions of refugees who are trying to escape from war-torn countries. Are they strangers, or future friends? Each one of us must decide. In this issue, we explore the meaning of friendship and the wider implications it can have for our communities.
A celebration of friendship with a hermit monk
A reflection on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman
How one store manager went the extra mile when his customer didn’t show up
New combinations to love family members and friends