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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Spiritual Friendship

I will refe A true gem I recommend this heartily! I had only colleagues whom I needed to please in order to gain their approval, and acquaintances whom I tried to love, but without much natural affection or connection.

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 spirltual Christ.

I envision Aelred as a highly sociable young man, confident that God created relationships for some good purpose. Aelred’s 12th century “Spiritual Friendship” has good insights and memorable passages, but I found it somewhat repetitive.

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 t Aelred was a Scot from the 12th century.

In this treatise Aelred rarely refers to spiritaul paternity, and usually such references are in relation to his official role as abbot. Aelred gives us some theological and philosophical basis for the depth and sacredness of friendship. He may have been partially educated by Lawrence of Durham, who sent him a hagiography of Saint Brigid.

Douglass Roby’s introduction, incidentally, could just as well have been written in as But the soul-searching such a deeply spiritual understanding of friendship will cause is worth the while. If a person had to ask me what is the best book on friendship, I would not hesitate to point to this work. She is friehdship editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly.


Aelred of Rievaulx

FOr me it is an excellent read that will provide the basis for further study. 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. Remember me on this computer. In presenting friendship this way, Aelred aims to minimize the engagement with the ‘wholly other,’ and therefore with vulnerability, surprise, hospitality in the openness treated by Derrida in [Book: Quotes from Spiritual Friendship.

So what was originally written for monastics in the rwelfth century could be utilised today to help us come to a Christian understanding of how to relate to each other.

Aelred is Master of Novices at Rievaulx. Not so, not so with Aelred.

Sep 13, Sally rated it really liked it. 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 friednship a monk.

In Christian friendship there are three persons involved, Aelred says to his young friend Ivo: I will refer to this book again and again.

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

He has willed, moreover, for so his eternal reason has directed, that peace encompass all his creatures and society unite them; and thus all creatures obtain from him, who is supremely and purely one, some trace of that unity. In Christian friendship each one shares, each listens, each gives and receives; it is an adult relationship. In terms cultivating true friendship, Aelred advises “the beginnings of spiritual friendship ought to possess, first of all, purity of intention, the direction of reason and the restraint of moderation” Book 2: Not really my cup of tea but it had some good points.


Ciceronian friendship is thus construed upon the doublet praecepta and leges. I will be keeping my copy, and will use it as a guide to become a worthy friend.

Spiritual Friendship – Aelred of Rievaulx – Google Books

These are probably based on actual discussions or on the difficulties Aelred had encountered in his ministry as abbot. Aelred makes constant references to holy scripture to both elaborate on friendship, produce examples of great friends Jonathan and Davids friendship is central to the overall work and the type of people to not make friends with.

He siritual very much a person of his age, which was referred to as the Age of Friendship. Jun 16, Charlotte Jones rated it it was amazing. Answers such questions as, “What is the origin of friendship?

Benedict and so in the works of these radical reformers we have, paradoxically, a last and vigorous flowering of the patristic tradition. To ask other readers questions about Spiritual Friendshipplease alred up.

At a time when human love in all its aspects has been trivialised and de-sacralised, when the pleasure principle is given priority and recreational sex is commonplace, he emphasises the demands that authentic love makes.