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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Dutton; Translated by Lawrence C. In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in all his feiendship, linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in friendship with God in beatitude.

Feb 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing. This new edition provides an especially good introduction, extensive bibliography of sources, translations and secondary studies and a crisp, new aflred. Feb 16, Karen rated it really liked it.

Marsha Dutton says that in the end, ” He references Cicero and his treatise on friendship which I picked up for later readingbut presents his thoughts on friendship, sharing his experience–mostly from his t Aelred was a Scot from the 12th century.

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Aelred of Rievaulx

Aelred spent several years at the court of King David I of Spiritua in 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.

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MMIVp. Scripture says about them: The pastoral truth is that people slide into friendships with firendship other. Though written around a thousand years ago, the wisdom in the book is still ever as relevant today. According to Aelred, even a true, spiritual friendship requires careful tending to weed out seeds of corruption that might degrade the goodness of love into mere cupidity. His role as abbot required him to travel. Contact Us Shop About. Aelred was born in Hexham, Northumbria, inspiritial of three welred of Eilaf, priest of St Andrew’s at Hexham, himself a son of another Eilaf, treasurer of Durham.


At the same time, I felt I had little in common with the Christians that I met at church. A little like “Practicing the Prescence The work itself is only 76 pages, there is a 50 page scholarly introduction put on to the start of the book.

Spiritual Friendship

In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in all his creatures, linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in friendship with God in beatitude.

The Prologue begins with the speaker describing his time at school, where “the charm of my dpiritual gave me the greatest pleasure. For Aelred all the advantages of friendship are secondary by comparison with the value of the relationship itself. Ciceronian friendship is thus construed upon the doublet praecepta and leges.

Aelred’s discussion of friendship will make you feel like you’ve never been a good friend, and in fact that’s the same complaint one of his interlocutors makes.

Cistercian Publications, The book is full of solid wisdom for example: An Much wisdom and insight here on the subject of friendship. The fourteenth-century version of the Peterborough Chronicle states that Aelred’s efforts during the twelfth-century papal schism brought about Henry Aelrer decisive support for the Cistercian candidate, resulting in in the formal recognition of Pope Alexander III.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Bernard of the North. Douglass Roby’s introduction, incidentally, could just as well have been written in as Set as a philosophical dialogue, it was certainly dry reading–but with such great ge St.


In short, it provides almost nothing for thinking an ethics of friendship, let alone an erotics of friendship the preference here is for Proverbs over the Song of Songs. Want to Read saving….

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The book club that I am a part of recently read and discussed this work – and I was surprised to hear that very few people felt that it was relevant to their relationships or even all that interesting.

Aelred in the Philippines. Liturgical PressApr 1, – Religion – pages. She was one of the editors of Truth as Gift: These are loyalty, discretion, right-intention and patience. In presenting friendship this way, Aelred aims to minimize the engagement with the ‘wholly other,’ and dpiritual with vulnerability, surprise, hospitality in the openness treated by Derrida in [Book: They have put the boys in brothels.

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What are our deeper motives? Benedict had a rather cool view toward particular friendships because of their potential to introduce favoritism, jealousies and divisiveness into the community of monks. It became clear at an early stage of his monastic life that Aelred had a gift for directing others, a capacity which was marked by compassion and gentleness.

After his retirement inhe devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes all the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland.