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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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 about. This book builds a dialogue on friendship, among two and three people, the effect of which is to draw you in.

SPCK,p2. He has willed, Because Aelred’s treatise responds to Cicero’s treatise on friendship, I’m at a disadvantage, at least until I read the Cicero. This is a spiritual classic on possibly my favorite topic – human relationships.

Spiritual Friendship

One of the best books that I’ve read. Benedict had a rather cool view toward particular friendships because of their potential to introduce favoritism, jealousies and divisiveness into the community of monks. He is regarded by Anglicans, Catholics, and other Christians as a saint. Spiritual Friendship reads like a platonic dialogue whose logos has been imbued with Christian love.

She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly.

SPCK,p Love may proceed from reason alone as when we love our enemies or from affection alone, and sometimes from both simultaneously, “when he, whom reason urges should be loved because of the excellence of his virtue, steals into the soul of another by the mildness of his character and the charm of a praiseworthy life.


In his personal development old and new conduct is an amicable dialogue. The work itself is divided up into three smaller books and all are written in the form of a conversation between monks. I believe my perceptions are supported in both macro and micro perspectives. His book is composed of three sections: Christians are commanded to love all people, but friendship is a special form of love in which we naturally enjoy someone’s company.

Cistercian Publications, Paperbackpages. Marsha Dutton says that in the end, ” The Third Lateran Council in speaks of the introduction of ecclesiastical persons to their seats, the instituting of priests, the burying of the dead and the blessing of marriages as sacraments.

Spiritual Friendship – Aelred of Rievaulx – Google Books

Yet, as part of this opening sequence, Aelred himself quickly accounts for a conversion in thought in light of the encounter of Christ. In this work Cicero has treated very fully and in a pleasant style everything that seems to have any bearing upon friendship.

Inhe was elected abbot of Frienddhip itself, a position he was to hold until his death.

His notion of spiritual friendship is one of marital nature that breaks the boundary of race, gender and even of age. Apr 15, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Aelred was a twelfth century English Cistercian monk, who became abbot of the monastery of Rievaulx in the diocese of York inand remained spiritual father of that community until his death in In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

After his retirement inhe devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes spirittual the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland. May 11, Andrew rated it liked it Recommends it for: Archived from the original on 25 October There is such a thing as friendship based on agreement to rievaul evil, e.


Ivo asks Aelred if we could say of criendship what John, the intimate friend of Jesus, says of charity, that God is friendship?

In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as firendship, 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. For Aelred, friendship is a specific case of the more general phenomenon of love.

For Aelred there is no limit to friendship. Aelred makes constant references to holy scripture to both elaborate on friendship, produce examples of great aelrde Jonathan and Davids friendship is central to the overall work and the type of people to not make friends with. For Aelred all the advantages of friendship are secondary by comparison with the value of the relationship itself. Writing in the style of aa Platonic dialog Aelred builds off of the insights of Cicero, the writings of the Church Fathers, his own experience of life in common as well as his experience of the depths of friendship in order to present this series aelredd dialogs on the joys of friendship.

The visit turned out to be the life, for Aelred never returned to Scotland. He also cites with great frequency the writings of St Ambrose and Ciceros classic treatise on friendship. Roman Catholic Church; Anglican Communion.