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“The first time I wrote to Mother Anandamayi, in her reply she referred to me as “my friend,” which she only did in relation to monastics. Others she called “father” or “mother.” To his disciples who had left everything to follow him, Jesus, too, had said: “I have called you friends.”
The relationship of father and mother is not by (conscious) choice. A friend, however, is ours by choice. Everyone was related to Mother by nature, but only the monastics were hers by choice, therefore she called them “friend.”
So begins this podcast by Abbot George on living a life in which one can be worthy of being called a friend of God. He cites memories of Anandamayi Ma and her attitude toward monastics and non-monastics, as well as recounting what Jesus and St. Paul have to say about the “angelic life.”
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