I once read a text on Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx because I saw it quoted somewhere and thought, this must be a great book. It was not. The one quote I had already read was the great value. What is the worst part of this story is that I cannot now recall the quote itself.
I can tell you that I know a good true spiritual friend when I see it. It is rare. It is special. It is good. Tom Ward has become one of my dearest and truest spiritual friends.
Tom and I have often commented on how it feels like we have known each other for a very long time, but, we have really only been close for the last two or three years. Tom is tremendously wise. Tom is a great listener and counselor. Tom has given definition to what a spiritual friend is.
I am grateful for his influence in my life.