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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These irevaulx loyalty, discretion, right-intention and patience. Incidentally, the gentle bishop of Geneva quotes Aelred in his own writings. Some type of monk also.
Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx
Could a more intentional and careful affectional life lead to more robust friendships? 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 tievaulx me, no matter now cleverly argued what I read or heard seemed to me.
The macro-context situates our texts between the years to sometime after In the sixteenth century, before the dissolution of the monastery, John Lelandclaims he saw Aelred’s shrine at Rievaulx containing Aelred’s body glittering with gold and silver. For the most part, these years represent an intense interest in Religious life in Northern Europe.
Which will make referencing and using this friendshp easy in the future. He was very much a person of his age, which was referred to as the Age of Friendship.
Aelred spent several years at the court of King David I of Scotland in Roxburgh, possibly from the age of 14, rising to the rank of echonomus often dievaulx “steward” or “Master of the Household” before leaving the court at age twenty-four in to enter the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx in Yorkshire.
His concern in what amounts, for large sections, to a how-to manual, is to provide a guide for admitting another into one’s confidence while minimizing the chance of betrayal. Aelred came from a family of married priests, friemdship father and grandfather both ministered in Hexham, the last of a dying generation as Rome sought to impose its standard on the far western Celtic Christian tradition.
If we were looking for a patron saint of all those who endeavour to establish Christ-centred relationships, whether inside or outside of marriage, Aelred would surely be at the top of the list. So, we should be asking ourselves questions like: In our subject the primary texts reveal a person who is disposed to self-disclosure.
Bending over his Abbot and friend of seventeen years, Rievaulxx orientates Aelred to the crucifix: The work itself is only 76 pages, there is a 50 page scholarly introduction put on to the start of the book.
Twitter Google More Facebook. And so even in inanimate nature a certain love aelre companionship, so to speak, is apparent, since none of these exists alone but everything is created and thrives in a certain society with its own kind” 62 For o own work, on the same page, there’s also this: But what happiness, what security, what joy to have someone to whom you dare to speak on terms of equality as to another self; one to whom you need have no fear to confess your failings; one to whom you can unblushingly make known what progress you have made in the spiritual life; one to whom you can entrust all the secrets of your heart and before whom you can place all your plans!
He refers to spiirtual friendship as a very holy aeored of charity. SPCK,p2. Yet more pertinent for the purposes of this paper is the acknowledgement that reform entailed not only breaking-away but, breaking-into what Cistercianism meant; it took Aelred and many of his contemporaries beyond theological speculation to understanding their lived encounter with God.
Aelred of Rievaulx
For what can one say about Friendship that is more sublime, more truthful, more useful, than that friendship will be shown to be formed in Christ, advanced according to Christ, and perfected by Christ? The fourteenth-century version of the Peterborough Chronicle states that Aelred’s efforts during the twelfth-century papal schism brought about Sppiritual II’s decisive support for the Cistercian candidate, resulting in in the formal recognition of Pope Alexander III.
Ciceronian friendship is thus construed upon the doublet praecepta and leges. Bernard of the North. I bought it after a trip to Fountains Abbey rivaulx spent the next couple of months sneaking out of the Soho ad agency where I worked to read it in a nearby catholic church.
Spiritual Friendship – Aelred of Rievaulx – Google Books
Trivia About Spiritual Friendship. Douglass Roby spiritjal a splendid introduction to Aelred’s Spiritual Friendshipproviding details of Aelred’s life and placing this work in the context of its time.
Aelred and Bernard of Clairvaux are connected in this text. 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. This was done in part to end the inheritance of benefices.
Students into Medieval Theology or Philosophy. What could an obscure twelfth spiritial monk teach us twentieth century sophisticates about spiritual relationships? Fantastic book, quite short but packed with awesome truths. Aelred of Rievaulx Latin: Nevertheless, there is still good insight into the nature and types of friendship.