My best friend and I were discussing what binds our friendship together. We are similar in many ways, but different in so many others. I love seafood, she hates it. I used to home school, she has always home schooled all her kids. We both have kids on the autism spectrum and large families, but none of these things is the driving force in our friendship. Our Catholic Faith and love of Jesus is what drew us together and keeps us together in all circumstances. We view our relationship through the prism of that love and always encourage each other to grow in faith. She accepts my flaws and forgives the times I disappoint her. We discussed how, in heaven some day, we will be perfect and our friendship will be perfect as well.
I am a coffee drinker, she drinks tea. I promised her a tea party when we reside together in heaven some day. "Blessed Mother and I will bake cookies," I told her. "We will invite St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, because she is probably spending all her time asking Jesus for help with this suffering person and that one. She could probably use a little break, although, she will probably want us to sit down, so she can wait on us."
We chatted on, imagining how we will sit and talk, share prayer requests and sing with the Cherubim and Seraphim shouting out praises to the Lord! We will ask St. Clement to drop some oranges off for the party. My best friend is allergic to orange juice, but in heaven she will join me in big glass of the sweet, aromatic drink. I can hardly wait for our wonderful tea party. Maybe St. Augustine and St. Francis of Assisi will stop by (don't tell the other Saints, but these two are my favorite). Wait, that is the other wonderful thing about friendships in heaven, we will no longer be plagued by the petty jealousies and insecurities of our earthly friendships. It will be absolutely glorious!!
Of course, my BFF quipped, "St. Therese of Lisieux must be invited. She will bring roses for the table."