When I was a kid, my best friend did not believe all the things that I believed. Â She belonged to a different faith … and my childhood was all the richer because of it.
I expand on this in my latest article, “Friends of Different Faiths.” Â Here’s an excerpt:
These days, as an adult who has been on her own journey out of and then back into Catholicism, Iâ€™ve been greatly enriched by interactions with people of other faiths.Â My friends these days come from many different belief systems: Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, agnosticism.Â I donâ€™t choose friends on the basis of their faith, one way or another, but I have found that being around people with different beliefs makes me feel a certain kind of alive. When faith comes up in conversation, there is something to learn from each other.Â Itâ€™s an opportunity to articulate what we believe and why we believe it â€“ a process that can be just as illuminating for the person explaining her beliefs as for the person listening. Â Â â€œOnly connect,â€ wrote E. M. Forster in the bookÂ Howardâ€™s End, and itâ€™s a mantra that Iâ€™ve always instinctively liked.Â These conversations are not about trying to convince each other of the truth of what we believe.Â They are about creating a bridge of understanding where there was formerly open space, building a thoroughfare along which grace can be given and received.
You can read the whole thing at CatholicMom.com.
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