St. Teresa of Avila on Relationships

“It is certain that in having need of no one a person has many friends” (Way of Perfection, ch. 2, para. 6)

Here, St. Teresa de Jesus is saying that we have no real friends when our friendships are based upon our needs. When people feel like we’re always out for an angle, they soon lose interest in our friendship. When people know we are more willing to give than receive, then they want to be our friends.
Humorous observation: in one of the _VeggieTales_ episodes where the “letter” is from a student asking how she can get more friends at school, Larry the Cucumber suggests a big bag of candy. Bob the Tomato demurs, but I think, in a way, Larry’s on to something.
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