Friendship is an experience everyone enjoys to some degree. The memory of a friendship includes gratitude for moments shared, feelings understood, anxieties lifted. And a feeling of self-worth is involved, knowing that something of oneself was given and found valuable by a friend. Readings and poems by such noted writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson help readers examine friendship from many angles, including these: What Is Friendship? Searching for Friendship The Value of Friendship Friendship--Is It Love? The Experience of Friendship Originally published in 1971, Friendship is seen as a mind-blower, a fresh wind on the spirit, a glory in life--in other words, a necessity, as C. S. Lewis writes, not in order to live, but to make living worthwhile.
Robert Cummins received his master's in divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1985. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and has served as pastor for the Church of St. Therese, Chesapeake, Virginia, since 1998. He edited Friendship in 1971.