But I Have Called You Friends: Reflections on the Art of Christian Friendship by Mother Mary Francis. Succinct and inspiring, this book is ideal reading for those living or discerning the vocations of marriage, priesthood, or religious life, as well as for all who have heard Christ’s invitation to friendship with him.
“The common denominator for every kind of love there is”:so Mother Mary Francis, p.c.c., says of friendship. In eight simple yet profound reflections,But I Have Called You Friendsdiscourses on Christian friendship, its nature and necessity in every vocation, its challenges and its joys. Originally delivered in the late 1960s and early 1970s to the Poor Clares in Roswell, New Mexico, the benefit of these reflections is by no means limited to that time and place; rather, as stated in the Foreword, their “timeless principles of friendship” will “help anyone who seeks a deepened understanding of the mystery of loving and being loved.”
I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain. (John15:15-16)
Succinct and inspiring,But I Have Called You Friendsis ideal reading for those living or discerning the vocations of marriage, priesthood, or religious life, as well as for all who have heard Christ’s invitation to friendship with him.
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Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.,(1921–2006) was abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, New Mexico. Her many books, essays, poems, and plays circulated her contemplative wisdom to a worldwide audience, making her one of the twentieth century’s most popular spiritual authors. Her works includeA Right to Be Merry,Come, Lord Jesus, andMy Beloved Is Mine.
Building Something Beautiful For God –
To Last A Thousand Years
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation and, like other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010 and counts 55 monks, who devote themselves to God alone in the hidden life, in silence and solitude, in constant prayer and willing penance.
After twenty years of existence, we are happy, by the grace of God, to have completed two large buildings and a sizable portion of our abbatial church. We completed the “Chapter House” in 2023 to accommodate the growing number of monks and provide a Sacristy, Infirmary, classrooms and the Chapter itself. Please help us continue this arduous, but important work for the glory of God.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
5804 W Monastery Road
Hulbert, OK 74441-5698
Phone (918) 772-2454