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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This book was a nourishing and insightful read.

Aelred of Rievaulx

Do we really imagine that networking can replace friendship? FOr me it is an excellent read that will provide the basis for further study. This treasure trove of wisdom is certainly useful in coming to a deeper appreciation of the riches we have or should desire to have in our friends.

I know only to well, and hold myself in deep displeasure, that I am a sinner, and have failed much in my service, not to the King whom I serve on earth, but to the King of Heaven. These are probably based on actual discussions or on the difficulties Aelred had encountered in his ministry as abbot. Paperbackpages. Crucially, the thread that runs throughout his argumentation, and I conjecture his reflected life experience is the correlation between worldly friendships and a lacking in spiritual growth and understanding in Christ.

Jul 22, Maria Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: Here we have the bricks-and-mortar setting for the encounter of human affection and friendship, upon which I can aelreed much of De Spirituali amicitia is both considered and constructed. But we call friends only those to whom we have no ealred about entrusting our heart and all its contents, while these friends are bound to us in turn by the same inviolable law of loyalty and trustworthiness. Through rhetorical dialogue Aelred highlights spiritual friendship apart from carnal and worldly friendship through which he offers a Christology.


I actually read a version that had commentary associated with each chapter which was helpful at times and redundant at other times.

Throughout the dialogue, in fact, Aelred and his several companions express aeelred wish to be alone with each other, to exclude others, meaning other monks, from their conversation and thus from Aelred’s lessons. To renounce friendship as too difficult is not only to renounce virtue, but even true humanity” Roby, p. This is the theological foundation for all spiritual relationships. Paul’s College, the University of Manitoba. In the initial stages of friendship he suggests we focus on four criteria:.

Christian relationships are demanding and his criteria could be helpful for those responding to the call to Christian marriage, those engaged in relationships of spiritual accompaniment, those endeavouring to revitalise Christian community, as well as the monastics for whom Aelred wrote so beautifully.

The many distinctions drawn between different terms are an especially useful reflection tool for examining our own relationships. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aelred gives us an opportunity to ponder questions such as these.

Aelred of Rievaulx: on spiritual friendship –

And thus Sovereign Nature has established all natures, has arranged all things in their places, and has discreetly distributed all things in their own times. This fresh new translation makes the work crisply readable, allowing the intellectual and Christian insight of this great Cistercian teacher and writer to speak clearly to today’s seekers of love, wisdom, and truth.

This book is incredibly short but very dense.

Written in dialogue form it spritual 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 always a Friend. Those who entered the monasteries brought the language of courtly love with them, transposing and transforming it into a Christian spirituality of love. Feb 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing. Cicero’s De Amicitia clearly had a major impact on Aelred’s thinking about friendship, and he quotes Cicero aelredd in Spiritual Friendship.


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.

Aelred notes alred we use the term “friendship” for all sorts of relationships that do not meet the demands of true friendship. Liturgical PressApr 1, – Religion – pages. Sep 13, Sally rated it really liked it. Sep 15, Annette Flagg rated it it was amazing. Remember me on this computer.

Aelred of Rievaulx: Spiritual Friendship, a new translation, Williams

We carry our friend with us in the deepest part of our being where God is found. I intend to work with each text in turn, highlighting overview keynote features in context and style, establishing how these documents reflect something of the picture of this dynamic yet confusing time.

Books by Aelred of Rievaulx. Open Preview See a Problem? Aelred had just offered the whole of creation as a mirror to teach friendship; yet here, with animals, he switches to having animals imitate humans; he refuses to let nonhuman animals instruct humans and insists on human primacy.