Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.
This breakage within us is what makes us human and vulnerable. There is nothing more sinister than someone whose mind seems to be an absolute circle; there is a helpless coldness and a deadly certainty about such a presence.
We should avoid the false dualism that separates the soul from the body.
To spend time in silence before the mystery of your body brings you toward wisdom and holiness.
All our inner life and intimacy of soul longs to find an outer mirror. It longs for a form in which it can be seen, felt, and touched. The body is the mirror where the secret world of the soul comes to expression. The body is a sacred threshold; and it deserves to be respected, minded, and understood in its spiritual nature.
In subsequent Christian tradition, and especially among the Church Fathers, there was a deep suspicion of the body and a negative obsession with sexuality. Sex and sexuality were portrayed as a potential danger to one's eternal salvation. The Christian tradition has often undervalued and mistreated the sacred presence of the body.