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 was early influenced by Cicero ‘s Laelius de Amicitiabut modified his interpretation upon reading Augustine of Hippo ‘s Confessions.

Do we value this relationship as gift, or are we seeking some reward other than the friendship itself? Written in dialogue form it is very readable and worth and examination by anyone who wants to get beyong the Friending and Unfriending of Facebook to reflect on why a Friend is really friendhip a Friend.

Cicero struggled with the limits of friendship–how far should one go for the sake of friend? Do we really imagine that networking can replace friendship? Of course, prayer is an intrinsic part of ffiendship relationship. This book builds a dialogue on friendship, among spifitual and three people, the effect of which is to draw you in.

Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx

Dictionary of the Middle Ages, volume 4. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Powicke, London,spirritual. These are loyalty, discretion, right-intention and patience. Doctrine of Spiritual Friendship: And thus Sovereign Nature has established all natures, has arranged all things in spiiritual places, and has discreetly distributed all things in their own times. His notion of spiritual friendship is one of marital nature that breaks the boundary of race, gender and even of age.


The fourteenth-century version of the Peterborough Chronicle states that Aelred’s efforts during the oof papal schism brought about Henry II’s decisive support for the Cistercian candidate, resulting in in the formal recognition of Pope Alexander III.

Help Center Find new research papers in: This is a spiritual classic friendzhip possibly my favorite topic – human relationships. For instance, Walter Daniel records a visitation that Aelred made to Dundrennan. So what was originally written for monastics in the rwelfth century could be utilised today to help us come to aepred Christian understanding of how to relate to each other. What therefore is more pleasant than to unite oneself to the spirit of another and the two to form one She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly.

The many distinctions drawn between different terms are an especially useful reflection tool for examining our own relationships.

To ask other readers questions about Spiritual Friendshipplease sign up. Aelred wrote several influential books on spiritualityamong them Speculum caritatis frienrship Mirror of Charity,” reportedly written at the request of Bernard of Clairvaux and De spiritali amicitia “On Spiritual Friendship”.

Aelred of Rievaulx

Oct 21, Fr. 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. Having served as Abbot of the new foundation at Revesby fromAelred returns to Rievaulx as its third Abbot. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Archived from the original on 9 December Extant works [22] by Aelred include:.


Aelred was a twelfth century English Cistercian monk, who […]. Rievualx, while cognizant of the need to be watchful for and vigilant against the potential dangers, nonetheless maintained that true friendship is a virtue that is not only worth pursuing but is positively necessary for one to be truly human: 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.

II promulgatum, editio [typica] altera, Typis Vaticanis, A. In this sense, it is gift. Aelred and Bernard of Clairvaux are connected in this text. However, seeming irrelevance can be therapeutic for our friendships.

This choice, then, is called love and is an act of the soul. Feb 27, Nranger7 rated it liked it. Yet Aelred allows that even false friendships have a certain value and may have the potential to develop into true friendships: Cistercian Publications, Friendship is a true vocation in which one can come to know and participate in the eternal love of God. He is regarded by Anglicans, Catholics, and other Christians as a saint.

The work selred a good traditional treatise on friendship typical of its monastic medieval era. Ivo asks Aelred if we could say of friendship what John, the intimate friend of Jesus, says of charity, that God is friendship?