By CJ Kallevig

DISCLAIMER: I’m going to be talking about friends. Which means I’m going to be gushing over mine. Be prepared.

There are lots of different types of friends in the world. You will hopefully experience most of these types in your lifetime.

To begin with: the mom friend. This is the friend that either has food on their person at all times or offers to buy you food at the drop of a hat. They are always asking if you are properly rested or if you actually slept. This friend has everything you could possibly need with them, and if they don’t, they know where to find it. This is the one who makes themselves available all the time to tears, laughter, and everything in between. Now the mom friend does not have to be a female. Guys can be mom friends too.

I have a friend who is a mom friend. And she embodies every one of these characteristics. She is always making me food and asking how I’m doing. When I got my new job, she was one of the first people I told. She is always there for me, no matter what.

Then there’s the social friend. This person is an extrovert to the extreme. They are always on the go, meeting people, texting, all that jazz. They can be an awesome friend, but sometimes it’s hard to get their attention. You can feel left out, particularly if you are not as extroverted as they are. However, be open with your friend if this is how you are beginning to feel. They don’t mean to hurt you, and if you say what’s going on, they will understand.

Next you have your childhood best friend. This is the friend that you don’t even remember meeting, but you have been together all your lives. They know everything about you, and you know everything about them. And even if you drift apart, you are always brought back together again.

My childhood best friend is one of the most important people in my life. We have known each other for over 21 years, and no matter how long it’s been since we talked, it’s as if we’ve never been apart. Cherish these friends; you never know when you will see them next.

Friends are so important to our growth. Not just as people but in our spiritual lives as well. They lift us up when we fall, show us the things we missed, and love us through it all. In our spiritual lives, they encourage us in our walk with Christ. Koinonia, or community, is one of the most important ways that we can utilize in order to follow after Christ in all we do.

So, who’s your mom friend? The friend that knows everything about you? The friend that’s a social butterfly?

What type of friend are you? Ask the people around you and ask yourself. The answer may surprise you.

God bless you all, and I will see you in the Eucharist.  

(Hey, I know it’s Lent, and everyone else is writing some deep, reflective, meditative posts. I could have done that. But honestly, I wanted to write something fun. Next month might be different.)

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