A childhood friend of mine has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.
I think I owe a great deal to him for making virtue attractive. He was always so good, and I had the greatest respect for him - all through life. I think I was always careful to be a better person around him. In fact all of my friends at that time were good, and a couple even devout. It's a wonder their parents permitted them to be friends with me, but my friend once told me his mother felt sorry for me. Thinking of our friendship and my troubled home life, I thank God for having such close friends at such a difficult age. Their families became a sanctuary for me at a time which was particularly troubling at home. Thinking of all of this last night, I was reminded of something Teresa of Avila said regarding her own experiences at that age. I think it good advice even today.
If I should have to give advice, I would tell parents that when their children are this age (middle school) they ought to be very careful about whom their children associate with. For here lies the root of great evil since our natural bent is toward the worst rather than toward the best. - Teresa of AvilaPlease pray for my friend Larry. Thank you.
When he was younger my friend
bore a striking resemblance
to Dirk Bogarde.