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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Cistercian Publications Inc
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Cistercian Studies
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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 Rievaulx from 1147 '1167. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make it a mother of mercy" to those in need. In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in al his creatures, linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in friendship with God in beatitude. 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.
Debi5 Stars Out Of 5March 4, 2013DebiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book builds a dialogue on friendship, among two and three people, the effect of which is to draw you in. The conversation at first seems to be slow; the text discusses theory, but the style gives a verisimilitude of friendship. One feels that one is part of the discussion group, like a book club.
What is said about friendship is a real eye-opener, putting friendship at the service of life moving towards God, instead of a mere passing experience. It also helps one to understand how some friendships 'go sour' as it were, without putting any judgement on either party.
The book nicely brings in classical authors who almost seem, by the quotes, to take part in the discussion.
It really helped me over some rough spots in my relations with others.
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