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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It’s a dialogue between Aelred, a Cistercian abbot, and a couple of his groupie friends in the monastery.
Through rhetorical dialogue Aelred highlights spiritual friendship apart from carnal and worldly friendship through which he offers a Christology. Yet, as part of this opening sequence, Aelred himself quickly accounts for a conversion in thought in light of the encounter of Christ. 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.
Among spiritual writers, I think that Aelred of Rievaulx has been largely overlooked. 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.
His notion of spiritual friendship is one of marital nature that breaks the boundary of race, gender and even of age. Aelred also implicitly shows the dangers of friendship through the squabbling of Gratian and Walter. Real friendship always includes a third person, the Lord Jesus. For example, he spends considerable time wondering how one can say that their affections are properly ordered if they love another human being a friend deeply.
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.
At his death there were three hundred, between choir monks and lay brothers, in the community. This is particularly noteworthy in the manner of his literary self-disclosure. This is the theological foundation for all spiritual relationships.
Aelred of Rievaulx
He offers much wisdom for choosing and keeping friends. Skip to main content. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make The work itself is divided up into three smaller books and all are written in the form of a conversation between monks. But from the time when I began to recognize the sweetness of the holy scriptures and the honey-sweet name of Christ claimed my affection for itself, whatever lacked the salt of heavenly literature and the seasoning of that most pleasant name could not be tasty or attractive to me, no matter now cleverly argued what I read or heard seemed to me.
Oct 28, Ellen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Incidentally, the gentle bishop of Geneva quotes Aelred in his own writings. We therefore have the sense, throughout, of eavesdropping where we’re not wanted. Until fairly recently, the only true friends I had were those relationships that I formed in graduate school.
Qualities of friendship In his third series of conversations, Aelred describes the qualities which should be found in a spiritual friend, in ourselves or the other. Written in the 12th century, the abbot Aelred of Rievaulx speaks eloquently of the kind of life that characterizes those called in the brotherhood of religious community, yet the very same wisdom that comes from him speaks significantly in our age where relationships have become characterized by u A book that emerges from the dark walls of Benedictine monastic life at the beginning of the Middle Ages, yet this timeless religious classic on spiritual friendship still echoes relevantly to our age.
Answers such questions as, “What is the origin of friendship?
Return to Book Page. The book is presented in a dialogue format with Aelred talking to some younger monks about friendship. In Christian friendship each one shares, each listens, each gives and receives; it is an adult relationship. Douglass Roby provides a frienvship introduction to Aelred’s Spiritual Friendshipproviding details of Aelred’s life and placing this work in the context of its time.
Aelred of Rievaulx: Spiritual Friendship, a new translation, Williams
Aelred develops a general theology of love. FOr me it is an excellent read that will provide the basis for fu I got interested in this book through reading Eve Tushnet’s Gay and Catholic because she talks about models of friendship as a spiritual category for all Catholics to think friiendship. For the most part, these years represent an intense interest in Religious life in Northern Europe. He says that the reciprocal response we encounter in these relationships is a microcosmic image of what we shall discover eternally in God.
What kind of relationship do we intend to establish? Thanks for telling us about the problem. A friend is one with whom you cultivate a true and deep affection.
Am learning about his definition of friendship among Christians. Matarasso, The Cistercian World: Therefore, if we begin with Christ, the ascent to friendship does not seem too difficult or unnatural, since it is Christ who inspires the love with which we esteem a friend. Open Spirltual See a Problem?
Not really my cup of tea but it had some good points. Nevertheless, there is still good insight into the nature and types of friendship. One is conscious of not having to ask whether this is truth. Aelred was a monastic who wrote a guidebook about the selection and cultivation of spiritual friendships.