"...all I want to say to you is 'You are the Beloved,' and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spokento you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being - 'You are the Beloved.'
The greatest gift my friendship can give to you is the gift of your Belovedness. I can give that gift only insofar as I have claimed it for myself. Isn't that what friendship is all about: giving to each other the gift of our Belovedness?"
-Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved