"True friendships are lasting because true love is eternal. A friendship in which heart speaks to heart is a gift from God, and no gift that comes from God is temporary or occasional. All that comes from God participates in God's eternal life....You have to trust that every true friendship has no end, that a communion of saints exists among all those, living and dead, who have truly loved God and one another."
Henri Nouwen's journal, The Inner Voice of Love, pp. 80-81.