By Aidir Parizzi
Leamington Spa 160 Catenian Circle
I’d like to offer a reflection about brotherhood and about the friendship to which we all aspire as Catenians.
In 365 BC, Aristotle said: “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.”
According to the Greek philosopher, friendships can be classified into three different types: Friendshipsof utility, of pleasure and of virtue.
Friendships of utility are between people on friendly terms due to benefits each person brings to thegroup. Business partners and classmates are good examples.
Friendships of pleasure are those where people are united by the enjoyment it means. For instance,people with common hobbies and interests.
Friendships of virtue are based upon respect, appreciation for each other’s qualities, respect forlimitations, mutual support and, above all, a strong will to aid others. That is clearly the most important type and the one to which we aspire as Catenians.
A friendship based on kindness and goodness is long lasting, and tends to attract others to a virtuous circle solidified by faith in Christ. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Psalm 133:1).
Reflecting on my Catenian experience, what a blessing it was to be introduced to such a great group.
As in any organisation, we, of course, need to continuously adapt to a new reality that is increasingly fluid. Zygmunt Bauman defined this day and age as a ‘liquid world’-a world that, when we start understanding, has already slipped through our fingers. At the same time, we must keep and honour our traditions and original mission as a faith-based group.
Helping others is a key aspect, working on solid actions targeted at people and children in parts of the world that are less privileged, providing material and spiritual support.
We have a treasure in our hands, being part of such a rich and well-structured circle, multiplying talents and ensuring that Catenians grow and shine evermore.