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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Return to Book Page. The question of the essence of spiritual friendship within the monastic [Cistercian] life. Well worth the investment. So far as I know, then, some of Aelred’s advice is otiose for its compositional context e. Skip to main content.

Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx

Aelred of Rievaulx; Edited by Marsha L. Paul’s College, the University of Triendship. Those who entered the monasteries brought the language of courtly love with them, transposing and transforming it into a Christian spirituality of love. Retrieved from ” https: I greatly appreciate his distinction between love and friendship, the way the high calling of friendship corresponds to the exclusive nature of friendship, and even spiriutal thoughts on when a friendship needs dissolving only when a friend is acting counter to the very nature of friendship.

Braceland, was professor of classics and dean at Ignatius College, Guelph Canadauntil in becoming professor of classics and dean of arts and sciences at St. Feb 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing. Help Center Find new research papers in: Account Options Sign in. Far from someone you just hang out with, a friend is someone with whom you share the depth of yourself–your failures, hopes, and secrets.


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He takes Cicero’s definition of friendship as “agreement on matters human and divine with charity and goodwill”, and makes a distinction between true friendships, which are based on true love–a combination of both charity and goodwill–versus false friendships, which are based on imperfect or corrupt love–love that is lacking in the combination of both charity and goodwill. Why do we not stress over where we spend our love?

Sep 13, Sally rated it really liked it. Set as a philosophical dialogue, it was certainly dry reading–but with such great gems hidden within. Selected pages Title Page. Author is Walter Daniel who commences this text in either II promulgatum, editio [typica] altera, Typis Vaticanis, A.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. Much of what he has to say would fly in the face of today’s outlook, but it certainly resonates with the desire of a soul to seek companionship spiritkal spiritual communion in the journey of life.

Aelred acknowledges this reality and provides sound criteria for us to discern whether or not our friendship has a spiritual basis. Nov 07, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Criteria for discernment Not all friendship is spiritual.


Spiritual Friendship

And the Letter to Maurice [Tr. Spirituality of love Aelred did not write in an historical vacuum. 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. You are ever the same has allotted to all his creatures these three gifts in common: Aelred makes a point of directing a charge about the latter to sectors of the contemporary Church23, yet not without first having offered pastoral guidance in the re-coupling of reason to affectionate love as loves companion.

Attempting to tease out key features of context and style has been a bit like looking through a medieval squint to where the eyes of the imagination respond to the sensation of the text. Matarasso, The Cistercian World: The book is presented in a dialogue format with Aelred talking to some younger monks about friendship.