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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In our subject the primary texts reveal a person who is disposed to self-disclosure. Aelred is seeking to transpose what for Cicero were laws of friendship into Christian norms. Incidentally, the gentle bishop of Geneva quotes Aelred griendship his own writings.
Aelred of Rievaulx
The result of the journey was that Aelred brought back a letter from Pope Innocent summoning the superiors whom Aelred represented to appear in Rome the following March to make their deposition in the required canonical form. Most historians now accept that Aelred was homosexualdrawing upon his work, private letters, and Vita by Walter Daniel a contemporary at Rievaulx Abbey.
His role as abbot required him to travel. This book is a phenomenal treatment of spiritual friendship.
The many distinctions drawn between different terms are an especially useful reflection tool for examining our own relationships. As Roby points out, Aelred perhaps differently than Cicero intended uses the term “good will” for “a rational and voluntary choice to benefit someone”, and he uses the term “charity” to mean “the enjoyment of our natural affection toward someone.
I grew tired of reading it after 25 pages in and skipped the rest of it. Oct 23, Catherine rated it it was amazing. According to Aelred, even a true, spiritual friendship requires careful tending to weed out seeds of corruption that might degrade the goodness of love into mere cupidity.
Spiritual Friendship by Aelred of Rievaulx
For Aelred there is no limit to friendship. Indeed, the person who merits inclusion in the inner circle of friendship is, as in Cicero, an alter ego, but it is–contra Cicero–an alter ego guided by God, by service to the state, by adherence to the lawsand especiallyand thus wholly bounded within various predictable legal structures. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. Friendship is a true vocation in which one can come to know and participate in the eternal love of God.
Aelred had died at Rievaulx during January ; this text emerges from that event.
During the early weeks of our course I was particularly struck by an overriding 6 B. Archived from the original on 25 October Mar 29, Karl Steel rated it liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. Dutton; Translated by Lawrence C.
Cistercian abbots were expected to make annual visitations to daughter-houses, and Rievaulx rievauulx five in England and Scotland by the time Aelred held office.
Dutton, professor of medieval literature and director of graduate studies in English at Ohio University, is a longtime student of the works of Aelred of Rievaulx and of other twelfth-century Cistercian writers.
I will refer to this book again and again. Marvelous medieval dialogue on Friendship. Cistercian Publications Burton, J, Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain: Cistercian Writings of the Twelfth Century London: He references Cicero and his treatise on friendship which I picked up for later readingbut presents his thoughts on friendship, sharing his experience–mostly from his time being a monk.
Aelred was born in HexhamNorthumbriain one of three sons of Eilaf, priest of St Andrew’s at Hexhamhimself a son of another Eilaf, treasurer of Durham.
I actually read a version that had commentary associated with each chapter which was helpful at times and redundant at other times.
This conversation allows personalities to come through, which made it not only more relatable vs. The orientation here is how to establish the truthfulness about friendship as a pathway to God, whereby the other of friendship is highlighted as Christ. 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 his thoughts on when a friendship needs dissolving only when a friend is acting counter to the very nature of friendship.
Criteria for discernment Not all friendship is spiritual. Aelred develops a general theology of love.