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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Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx

Apr 04, Stephen Gregg rated it really liked it. Framing the question To the reader of this paper, I intend to cajole you into a unique space. By the law of charity we are ordered to welcome to the bosom of love not only our friends but also our enemies. It testifies to the deep assimilation of scripture into the life of the writer as well as the capability to utilize it. This conversation allows personalities friendsbip come through, which made it not only more relatable vs.

Nevertheless, there is still good insight into the nature and types of friendship. There can be love without friendship, but friendship without love is impossible” Book 3: However, he also differs from Fridndship on some points, and a distinctly Christian perspective permeates Aelred’s philosophy of sspiritual.

Christian relationships are demanding and his criteria could be helpful for those responding to the triendship to Christian marriage, those engaged in relationships of spiritual accompaniment, those endeavouring to revitalise Christian community, as well as the monastics for whom Aelred wrote so beautifully. I cannot help but conclude that the writer of this text is a person who knows the significance and power of chronicling to both friendshiip and generate history.

Refresh and try again. 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. Because friendship is a precious gift, we should be discerning about those whom we choose as friends, and not establish fdiendship based on either mere whim or animal attraction!


Incidentally, the gentle bishop of Geneva quotes Aelred in his own ffriendship. It proves itself a true companion in all things, adverse and prosperous, joyful and sad, pleasant and bitter, beholding with the same eye the humble and the lofty, the poor and the rich, the strong and the weak, the healthy and the infirm.

Through rhetorical dialogue Aelred highlights spiritual friendship apart from carnal and worldly friendship through which he offers a Christology.

Aelred 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 Durham. I envision Aelred as a highly sociable young man, confident that God created relationships for some good purpos Aelred was a monastic who wrote a guidebook about the selection and cultivation of spiritual friendships. En- route back to Court, Aelred passed by the new site, and captivated by the spirit of the moment, he paid a visit to the abbey.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Christians are commanded to love all people, but friendship is a special form of love in which we naturally enjoy someone’s company.

He was very much a person of his age, which was referred to as the Age of Friendship. An Much wisdom and insight here on the subject of friendship. It has been said that you cannot choose your friends, they are given as gift. Aelred spiritula about spiritual friendship — a relationship which helps us grow in love: Bernard of Clairvaux requests Aelred to provide an apologetic for Cistercianism.

Spiritual Friendship

We therefore have the sense, throughout, of eavesdropping where we’re not wanted. He may have been partially educated by Lawrence of Durham, who sent him a hagiography of Saint Brigid. There is such a thing as friendship based on agreement to do evil, e. When he became abbot, the numbers at Rievaulx escalated to hundreds as he rarely turned young aspirants away.


One aelrer the best books that I’ve read. Whilst serving in the Court of King David I of Scotland, Aelred had need to lodge with Walter Espec of Helmsley, the noble patron who had provided for the new monastic aelrev in He says that the reciprocal response we encounter in these relationships is a microcosmic image of what we shall discover eternally in God. The fountain and source of friendship Is love.

During the early weeks of our course I was particularly struck by an overriding 6 B. It is a library book, not a lazy-boy book – so let’s set it on a desk between our elbows, take a pencil in hand, and let this book teach us some new questions.

Aelred of Rievaulx

However, during the course of a journey while on business for the king, he came across Rievaulx, and was drawn by the beauty of the place and the austere simplicity of the White Monks. May 11, Andrew rated it liked it Recommends it for: Published April 4th by Cistercian Publications first published The conversation at first seems to be slow; the text discusses theory, but the style gives No one can interrupt us now Here we have the bricks-and-mortar setting for the encounter of human affection and friendship, upon which I can assume much of De Spirituali amicitia is both considered and constructed.

The author himself perceives this to be a companion to the Mirror of Charity and Tushnet offers some other works by homosexual Christians that build off of Spiritual Friendship.

It appears Walter Daniel is encouraged to write this biography by a senior Religious to undermine criticism that in life Aelred was an ambitious person seeking likeability. I believe my perceptions are supported in both macro and micro perspectives.