Spiritual Friendship is today the best known and perhaps most influential of the thirteen surviving works of Aelred, abbot of the great English Cistercian abbey of . Spiritual Friendship (Monastic Studies) [Aelred of Rievaulx] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Throughout his life, Aelred took great joy in. Spiritual Friendship has ratings and 39 reviews. Sally said: This short book was written in the form of a dialog between the author, Aelred (

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Further, Aelred’s intentional approach to choosing friends disregards the joys of spontaneity in finding friends. Frkendship his life, Aelred took great joy in his friends and he believed that by loving and being loved by them, we learn to accept and return God’s infinitely greater and enduring love.

Considering this was written almost a thousand years ago it eclipses many what some consider masterpieces. The book is full of solid wisdom for example: Selected pages Title Page. I bought it after a trip to Fountains Abbey and spent the next couple of months sneaking out of the Soho ad agency where I worked to read it in a nearby catholic church. Much of what he has to say would fly in the face of today’s outlook, but it certainly resonates with the desire This book was a nourishing and insightful read.

Aelred of Rievaulx: Spiritual Friendship, a new translation, Williams

Set as a philosophical dialogue, it was certainly dry reading–but with such great ge St. Students into Medieval Theology or Philosophy. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make it “a mother of mercy” to those in need.

Remember me on this computer. Benedict and so in the works of these radical reformers we have, paradoxically, a last and vigorous flowering of the patristic tradition. After his retirement inhe devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in frienfship volumes all the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Acts of Religion]and to advance rational guidance above all other concerns In a time of change, when self-awareness was an asset, Aelred was by family and birth intimately connected with the still vital traditions of the past, while in politics and religion he was identified with all that was new. I recommend this heartily! Helps one identify errors made and aids in seeking the ultimate destination of a spiritual friendship A knight had cultivated a deep loathing for Aelred and had begun publically slandering and abusing him at court: A simple and illuminating treatise on degrees of friendship.

The macro-context situates our texts between the years to sometime after Aelred, -the person- himself. The writer utilizes his consciousness of the power of chronicling to great masterly effect.

In our subject the primary texts reveal a person who is disposed to self-disclosure.

Aelred of Rievaulx

Ideally, friendship becomes a form of charity when it meets with a reciprocal response, so it is based on mutuality. Liturgical PressApr 1, – Religion – pages. But what is said here is of use to all: Through rhetorical dialogue Aelred highlights spiritual friendship apart from carnal and worldly friendship through which he offers a Christology.

Does he expect circulation outside monasteries? Despite what the eye sees, it is difficult to describe this spectacle as ruins, because with seemingly little effort, the imagination can rebuild what once was. However, it is in the relationship between ordered relationships and their distortion that Aelred writes with some clarity about the power of affections. What kind of relationship do we intend to establish?


So I say that to qualify what follows. Jun 16, Charlotte Jones rated it it was amazing. Cistercian Writings of the Twelfth Century London: Refresh and try again. He is regarded by Anglicans, Catholics, and other Christians as a saint.

If a person had to ask me what is the best book on friendship, I would not hesitate to point to this work. His concern in what amounts, for large sections, to a how-to manual, is to provide a guide for admitting another into one’s confidence while minimizing the chance of betrayal.

The work is a good traditional treatise on friendship typical of its monastic medieval era. Skip to main adlred. Because friendship is a precious gift, we should be discerning about those whom we choose as friends, and not establish relationships based on either mere whim or animal attraction!

Sep 13, Sally rated it really liked it. Aelred interacts spirituzl great deal with Scripture, but also with Cicero and Ambrose, especially. 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. It odes nt directly deal with the intricacies of modern friendship aelrde though its timeless axioms can certainly be applied with a bit of prayer and reasoning.

It was also the period of history when troubadours toured the countryside singing love songs, and the courts were full of the culture of love.

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