Friendship: The Key to the Evangelization of Men

I read a fantastic article recently on the connection between friendship and the subject of evangelization among men by Father John McCloskey.  What an insightful, relevant and honest assessment of the need men have for socialization with other men, yet we are almost discouraged from this camaraderie in a way that negatively affects our spiritual growth. 

Click on Friendship: The Key to the Evangelization of Men to read this article.

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  1. Great article! I couldn’t agree more. I am quite sure that my friendships with Christian men (and my wife) have done more to help me grow in my faith – and to live a virtuous life – than anything else, except my friendship with Jesus, of course. I will renew my efforts to love my friends today!

  2. Speaking from the perspective of 20+ years service in detention ministries, I’m convinced of the truth expressed in this article. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Friendship is imperative for evangelization. There’s a quote (that has been accredited to more than one person,) which reads, “People don’t care how much we know, until they know how much we care.” In other words, in order to have a valid platform from which to speak into someone’s life, we must have already built it in the form of a relationship of mutual trustworthiness and respect. People need to experience Jesus in human form…and that’s the co-mission He has left to His Church.

  3. Remember the old saying “men sharpen men?” I find, as Andy said, that my faith journey has grown in parallel to the great friendships I have developed in our parish and the larger Catholic community.

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