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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He also speaks to those who spend hours exploring and probing the human need for intimacy, for deep human relationships based on self-disclosure and mutual acceptance, because he provides us with a Christo-centric view of these relationships. One of the best books that I’ve read. As a matter of fact, in the Law you have three times consecrated to the Sabbath rest: This book was a nourishing and insightful read. Aelred notes that we use the term “friendship” for all sorts of relationships that do not meet the demands of true friendship.
In Christian friendship each one shares, each listens, each gives and receives; it is an adult relationship.
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The fountain and source of friendship Is love. What have we come to if friendship or even mere socializing is not considered valuable in and of itself? Ideally, friendship becomes a form of charity when it meets with a reciprocal response, so it is based on mutuality. All in all, I think this work is a gift to humanity. Because Aelred’s treatise responds to Cicero’s treatise on friendship, I’m at a disadvantage, at least until I read the Cicero.
He has willed, Because Aelred’s treatise responds to Cicero’s treatise on friendship, I’m at a disadvantage, at least until I read the Cicero.
Aelred of Rievaulx: on spiritual friendship –
spirityal Spiritual Friendship Volume 5 of Cistercian Fathers. In this treatise Aelred rarely refers to spiritual paternity, and usually such references are in relation to his official role as abbot.
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. Peter Mottola friensship it liked it.
Apr 04, Stephen Gregg rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Christ who even points out to us the friend whom we love. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
I know only to well, and hold myself in deep displeasure, that I am a sinner, and have failed much in my service, not to the King whom I serve on earth, but to the King of Heaven.
This book builds a dialogue on friendship, among two and three people, the effect of which is to draw you in.
Douglass Roby provides a splendid introduction to Aelred’s This short book was written in the form of a dialog between the author, Aelredwho was the abbot of the monastery at Rievaulx in Yorkshire, and a few of his monks.
We therefore have the sense, throughout, of eavesdropping where we’re not wanted. Inhe was elected abbot of Rievaulx itself,  a position he was to hold until his death. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make In fact it is so noble, incredible and rare that one could say that he refers to intimacies between persons so great that contemporary culture would be inclined to describe such relations as being soul mates or kindred spirits.
He says that the reciprocal response we encounter in these relationships is a microcosmic image of what we shall discover eternally in God. Aelred answers their questions about the nature of friendship–its benefits and pitfalls and how it is to be cultivated.
Aelred of Rievaulx
Oct 28, Ellen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wouldn’t you be happier with another person, even if you didn’t speak his language? Retrieved from ” https: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. You have all the wealth, have complete Edenic mastery over animals, but are you happy?
Aelred, -the person- himself. In Christian friendship there are three persons involved, Aelred says to his young friend Ivo: Students into Medieval Theology or Philosophy.