Archbishop Nichols on Love and Friendship

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Writing in The Catholic Herald this week, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, looks at the beauty of true friendship:

‘Love’ must never be thought of as being synonymous with ‘sex’. Love can take many forms: between husband and wife, between parents and children, between relatives as well as the chaste love of friendship.

In whatever context it arises, and always respecting the appropriate manner of its expression, love between two people, whether of the same sex or of a different sex, is to be treasured and respected.

When two people love they experience in a limited manner in this world what will be their unending delight when one with God in the next. To love another is in fact to reach out to God who shares his lovableness with the one we love.

To be loved is to receive a sign, or a share, of God’s unconditional love.

Read the full article by visiting The Catholic Herald online.