The Company You Keep: The Transforming Power of Male Friendship


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We live in a way that honors a higher calling for our lives and our friendship and honors the centrality of God in our lives. Other friendships may not require that much from me, only a little cleverness, an easygoing attitude, and a willingness to socialize on a regular basis. When times get tough, we might discover we have—or that we are—fair-weather friends rather than real friends.

So when does a friendship grow from being a casual one to an Ignatian friendship? Almost by design, a friendship based on Ignatian spiritual wisdom truly kicks in when the hard times hit. I know a little something about this. My three best friends all stepped up the year my life went through a rough patch.

Our relationships moved from being strong, life-long ones based on proximity, like-minded interests, and common experiences to something much deeper. Each one of my three friends nurtured me to see and remember the greater good in my life. They reminded me that I was good, I was loved, I had a purpose, and I was not alone.

I feel blessed beyond words by their love. I also had a number of professional relationships, many of which transformed into Ignatian friendships during that difficult year. For instance, I had a friend from work who showed up for me during my worst days, reminding me that together we would get through the worst of anything. Also, an out-of-state author I worked with called me regularly, sent cards, and made sure I knew he was praying for me.

In both of these instances, the friendships became Ignatian friendships. When we start to look for the magis in a relationship—the more that seeks the greater good for another and invites deeper caring, especially in the tough times—we are enjoying an Ignatian friendship. Doing so, could impact my life in several areas; spiritually, fatherhood, economically, careerwise, within communities.

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This week, I endeavor to make catch up efforts with 20, and have three face to face meetings with old or new friends. Loretta, you are blest to be in such a group. I had a friend I still have her as a friend but she moved away and now there is not anyone to discuss some things with. She had studied Theology and had been a nun. My eldest sister also a nun, but now in the company of deceased relatives ,is no longer a guide. I just wish the Jesuits in Australia had the things that I get from America. I belong to a church friendship Group, but it is just nothing about s Spirituality.

Thanking God for the 3minute retreats and all the other things they make available online. He who has God needs no-one else Apparently so said St Therese! I am not so Holy. No family near either. Another way that Ignatian friendships develop is through small faith sharing groups. I am blessed to be in such a group, and we begin each CLC meeting by responding to the question: How has the Holy Spirit been present in your life since we last met?

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It is humbling, edifying and grace-filled. This opportunity gives mentors the opportunity to pass on hints and I think it really challenges students to look at themselves. Says Alexander, "The mentorship program is something that I find very important.

This one meeting a month, will forever change my life, in business, personal, spiritual and more importantly in finding the balance between these. I enjoyed meeting once a month with Rich, the wealth of knowledge and experience is priceless to an aspiring businessman. Utilizing his strengths in so many areas, I gained a better understanding of the most important things in life, goal setting, life planning, balance, success, and personal well-being.

When asked if Scott would do it again Scott says, "Absolutely and actually I'd like to have an even larger role. Doug Lindsay , Director of Corporate Programs and Executive Education at TWU's School of Business says, "The Mentorship Program gives our students the opportunity to apply classroom learning with a seasoned Christian business professional in their area of specialization.

David Bentall speaks as business mentors and students align at TWU

The mentors provide a bridge between theory and practice, supplying real world examples of faith integration in the marketplace. Among the highlights of the luncheon was hearing from David Bentall, who gave the keynote address. Bentall is a family business consultant, executive life coach, public speaker and author.

He has also had two children graduate from Trinity Western. His book entitled The Company You Keep: The Transforming Power of Male Friendship discusses the power of friendships and how they can be what you rely on when everything else fails. He mentions in the book that friends can help you know your weaknesses and can challenge you to be a better person.

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The Company You Keep: The Transforming Power of Male Friendship The Company You Keep: The Transforming Power of Male Friendship
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