In her theology classes at Mother McAuley High School, Sheila Murray Rave has introduced her students to the five words for “love” in the Greek language. With that as inspiration, she wrote the following verses in honor of her class’ 50th anniversary reunion last fall:

Friends of youth and sunny days

When life was filled with shining rays,

Still come to mind when we recall

How fast we ran or caught a ball,

Or jumped or learned or socialized;

Not knowing we already had the prize

Of youth and hope and energy,

Calling us to become all that we could be.

Now we gather from time to time

To remember when life was at its prime,

But even beyond and above,

We gather to acknowledge

That friendship really is

Another word for love!