As we continue to travel the globe with The Friendship Project Blog tour, our next stop is in Brazil!   We met our friend Flavia Nunes Costa Ghelardi through our blogging at Catholicmom.com and have been blessed by her friendship over the past few years.   Today she writes over at Catholic365.com and shares an interview with us.

Catholic365.com describes on their site as:

a Catholic-focused article and information portal from Catholic writers and bloggers who write about things Catholics are interested in, with 3 main categories – Faith, Life and What’s Going On, from a perspective consistent with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. We strive to spread the word of God and the Catholic faith by highlighting both the articles and the writers through internet and social marketing campaigns. Our goal is to engage and support the Catholic faithful to evangelize to all Catholics using modern technology. Our mission originated with Pope Saint John Paul II’s call to Catholics for a “New Evangelization”.

So check out this awesome site!   A little teaser for you from the interview:

Q. What do you think is the biggest challenge to make and keep good friends today?

(Michele) Time is a huge factor. We live extraordinary busy lives in today’s world that often leaves little time for developing and deepening friendships. As Fr. Larry Richards wrote in the foreword to The Friendship Project, “There is no way to be a true friend unless you dedicate time to it. The most lasting friendships are those that have shared time and memories. Think of your own friends from your past; the people you have spent so much time with are the people who have become part of the fabric of your life. If we want to have more fulfilling friendships in the future then we must decide we are going to give the time and commitment that true friendship demands.”  Read the rest of the interview here.

In other fun news, Emily and I had the pleasure of being guests on The Catholic Hipster Podcast this weekend.  In honor of the poscast, Ave Maria press is offering a special on The Catholic Hipster Handbook, which also is being released the same day as The Friendship project.  Get both books – BOGO 1/2 off with code BOGO50!   Being a Catholic Hipster is all about an attitude—an attitude grounded in being part of a countercultural community of believers dedicated to something bigger than themselves in a world dominated by self-centeredness. It’s about yearning to learn more about the faith by seeking out “Catholic cool”—overlooked saints, forgotten prayers and feast days, and traditional practices long set aside by mainstream believers. The Catholic Hipster podcaster Tommy Tighe will help readers rediscover everything awesome about the Catholic faith.

The Catholic Hipster Handbook was one of my favorite reads of this year, so I’d highly suggest pre-ordering now!  It would be a great book to have on hand to give as a gift to all your friends!

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