Nurturing Deep Friendships Even when You Disagree

By Noelle Mering

When I was a young betrothed lady, I did something appalling to a lifelong friend. In middle school she’d been my nighttime-bare-feet-on-summer-streets friend. In high school we had code words, secret roads, and bad poetry for boys who had yet to recognize our magnificence. Despite all that, as a newly engaged woman I told my friend she’d not be in my wedding party as I’d become closer to my new Catholic friends. I was 22 and foolish. (Is that redundant?)

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