___Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share with you some excerpts from a wonderful book called "The Friendship of Christ" by Fr Robert Hughes Benson. Father Benson was a convert from Anglicanism and became a Catholic priest in the early 20th century. He wrote many wonderful books. In fact, he wrote one of my favorite books, titled "Come Rack, Come Rope", a novel taking place during the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics in England (it was illegal to be Catholic in England from 1570-1926. Thousands upon thousands of Catholics were killed during that time, but mostly during the reign of Queen Elizabeth).
Without further adieu, the first selection from "The Friendship of Christ":
THIS IS MY FRIEND
From an old manuscript.
Let me tell you how I made His acquaintance.
I had heard much of Him, but took no heed.
He sent daily gifts and presents, but I never thanked Him.
He often seemed to want my friendship, but I remained cold.
I was homeless, and wretched, and starving and in peril every hour; and He offered me shelter and comfort and food and safety; but I was ungrateful still.
At last He crossed my path and with tears in His eyes He besought me saying, Come and abide with me.
Let me tell you how he treats me now.
He supplies all my wants.
He gives me more than I dare ask.
He anticipates my every need.
He begs me to ask for more.
He never reminds me of my past ingratitude.
He never rebukes me for my past follies.
Let me tell you further what I think of Him.
He is as good as He is great.
His love is as ardent as it is true.
He is as lavish of His promises as He is faithful in keeping them.
He is as jealous of my love as He is deserving of it.
I am in all things His debtor, but He bids me call Him Friend.
In Christ, our Hope,