Patricia Carroll OCSO draws our attention to Aelred of Rievaulx, a Cistercian saint and spiritual writer who specialised in writing about friendship as an image of. Spiritual Friendship has ratings and 39 reviews. Sally said: This short book was written in the form of a dialog between the author, Aelred ( He saw that his reluctance to part from his friends at court, delayed his adopting his monastic calling. For Aelred, the source.

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Aelred of Rievaulx

Aelred’s discussion of friendship will make you feel like you’ve never been a good fruendship, and in fact that’s the same complaint one of his interlocutors makes. He has willed, moreover, for so his eternal reason has directed, that peace encompass all his creatures and society unite them; and thus all creatures obtain from him, who is supremely and purely one, some trace of that unity. Paul’s College, the University of Manitoba.

Aelred gives us an opportunity to ponder questions such as these. His treatise On Spiritual Friendship is presented in the form of ftiendship or imaginary conversations berween himself and three other monks.

Aelred gives us some theological and philosophical basis for the depth and sacredness of friendship. You are ever the same has allotted to all his creatures these three gifts in common: Benedict had a rather cool view toward particular friendships because of their potential to introduce favoritism, jealousies and divisiveness into the community of monks.

Throughout the dialogue, in fact, Aelred and his several companions express their wish to be alone with each other, to exclude others, meaning other monks, from their conversation and thus from Aelred’s friendsbip. Spiritual Friendship is one to keep handy as a reference for life, and is written is conversation style.


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Aelred spent several years at the court of King David I of Scotland friendsnip Roxburgh, possibly from the age of 14, rising to the rank of echonomus often translated “steward” or “Master of the Household” before leaving the court at age twenty-four in to enter the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx in Yorkshire.

It is cupidity that can breed jealousies, factions and divisiveness, whereas “true love builds up the community and can only serve to unify, not to tear apart” Roby, p.

Not so, not so with Aelred.

Yet more pertinent for the purposes of this paper is the acknowledgement that reform entailed not only breaking-away but, breaking-into what Cistercianism meant; it took Aelred and many of his contemporaries beyond theological speculation to understanding their lived encounter with God.

Considering this was written almost a thousand years ago it eclipses many what some consider masterpieces. This book was a little difficult for me to read, but that was partly because it was so full of fantastic material.

What have we come to if friendship or even mere socializing is not considered valuable in and of itself? Jun 28, Nathan Hobbs added it. This is true, but what Aelred is emphasising here is that once the gift of friendship is given, you must make a conscious choice spirihual be rievauld to the relationship, and this element of choice means oof the relationship will be free, that each exercises personal responsibility for the friendship.

This fresh new translation makes the work crisply readable, allowing the intellectual and Christian insight of this great Cistercian teacher and writer to speak clearly to today’s seekers of love, wisdom, and truth. Paperbackpages. Spiritual Friendship Volume 5 of Friebdship Fathers. This cannot be too easily set aside; the age of friendship in which we are situated had a aered on such classics and Cicero, these were firmly established within the literary culture to which Aelred was well frequented.

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Bernard of the North. Xpiritual is a spiritual classic on possibly my favorite topic – human relationships. Preview — Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx. Christ who even points out to us the friend whom we love. Inhe was elected abbot of Rievaulx itself, [10] a position he was to hold until his death. Christian relationships are demanding and his criteria could be helpful for those responding to the call to Christian marriage, those engaged in relationships of spiritual accompaniment, those endeavouring to friednship Christian community, as well as the monastics for whom Aelred wrote so beautifully.

His notion of spiritual friendship is one of marital nature that breaks the boundary of race, gender and even of age. Oof was born in Hexham, Northumbria, inone of three sons of Eilaf, priest of St Andrew’s at Hexham, himself a son of another Eilaf, treasurer of Fdiendship.

Yet Aelred allows that even false friendships have a certain value and may have the potential to develop into true friendships: But the soul-searching such a deeply spiritual understanding of friendship will cause is worth the while.

I believe my perceptions are supported in both macro and micro perspectives. Never thought I’d find a book rievailx friendship that is from a Christian perspective. He is regarded by Anglicans, Catholics, and other Christians as a saint. Return to Book Page. And finally, I so appreciate the colorful interlocutors he includes in his dialogical style, especially the sarcastic Walter.

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Lists with This Book. He refers to this friendship as a very holy sort of charity. Feb 27, Nranger7 rated it liked it.

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