“Total Trust” Between Friends
“Make Friends” is a recent video featuring world religious leaders calling for interreligious friendships. It is a project of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, which “seeks to create a community of religious leaders, scholars and practitioners from all faiths, who are inspired to find novel ways of sharing the wisdom of their traditions with each other and to create bridges between faith and society.”
As Roman Catholic Christians, we were especially moved by Pope Francis’ conversation with his old friend, Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka. They radiate friendship and “total trust,” according to the Pope, based on deep security in their respective identities. They do not try to “convert” each other. They experience their brotherly love as an end in itself. Love has not “watered down” their religious identities. It has graced them. They encourage me to trust that we make friends not in spite of our differences, but because of our abandonment to the deepest wisdom of our traditions.