Best Buddies

I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.

— John 15:15 (NABRE)

Penance Worthy

BULL SWAMP SC (CR News) — Scientists at the Cope Neurological Research Center (CNRC) near Orangeburg announced recently that they have completed a “breakthrough study” on dogs. Are they really man’s best friend? A spokesperson for the CNRC said that, while folklore has long called the dog man’s best friend, things might not be what they seem to be.

The CNRC added they will have nothing directly to say about their ground-breaking research now, but they will soon release a comprehensive report that will change how many people think about the relationship between humans and dogs.

It Is Written

The Bible tells us that, when it comes to the people in His Church, Jesus has a special desire. He doesn’t just want us to be servants. He wants us to be His friends. And He wants to be our Friend too (cf. Jn 15:15).

The implications of that should be profound. God, the Creator of the Universe, our Judge and King, is calling us to be His friends. He wants us to hang out with Him. He wants us to be around Him. He wants to be around us. And He wants to share His very best stuff with us.

Life Goes On

Earl was up late one evening. His sweet wife had already gone to bed. He was alone downstairs, but he had a companion. It was Deni’s dog. The two sat together in the den. Earl was reading, and Buddy was just hanging out.

“You’re one of my best friends,” Earl told Buddy. “I’ve never had anyone who would actually just sit here because he wanted to be with me!”

That’s when Earl remembered the conversation that Jesus had with His disciples. “I no longer call you servants,” He said to them. “I’ve confided in you guys. I’ve trusted you. You’re more than servants to me. You are my friends.”

Earl looked at the old, white dog. He petted the dog on her head to tell her good night.

“I no longer think of you as just a dog,” he said to the dog. “I now think of you as one of my good friends.”

And then he remembered the disciples. Even after all that, they still didn’t get it. They didn’t yet have the Holy Spirit, and they surely did not know what it was to be a friend of God’s. But they would soon find out.

“I know, Buddy,” Earl said to the dog. “I know you probably don’t know anything I’m saying to you. But I trust that you know I love you, old girl.

“Rest well.”

Our Story

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

Vivat Jesus!

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