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Aelred Of Rievaulx

Aelred Of Rievaulx Author Marsha L. Dutton
ISBN-10 0879079576
Release 2010-04-01
Pages 144
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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. Lawrence C. Braceland, was professor of classics and dean at Ignatius College, Guelph (Canada), until in 1963 becoming professor of classics and dean of arts and sciences at St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba. After his retirement in 1-978, he devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes al the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland. Marshal. Dutton, professor of medieval literature and director of graduate studies in English at Ohio University, is along time student of the works of Aelred of Rievaulx and of other twelfth-century Cistercian writers. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. In addition to her many articles on Cistercian thought, Dutton has written the introduction to Vita Aelredi (CF 57) and edited Aelred's The Historical Works and Lives of the Northern Saints (CF 56, 71) as well as preparing a critical edition of Aelred's Pastoral Prayer (CF 73). She was one of the editors of Truth as Gift: Studies in Cistercian History Honoring John R. Sommerfeldt (CS 204). "

Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual Friendship Author Aelred of Rievaulx
ISBN-10 9780870612640
Release 2008-10-28
Pages 160
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This surprisingly modern, twelfth-century classic has long been popular with monks. Now this new edition opens up the riches of this spiritual masterpiece to a wide audience of contemporary readers who see the spiritual life not as a solitary enterprise, but one intimately connected to relationships. Written in dialogue form, Spiritual Friendship offers wise counsel on many aspects of friendship. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R., editor of the innovative Classics with Commentary series, has once again provided readers with an invaluable introduction and background. The popular translation by M. Eugenia Laker is complemented by Billy's helpful commentary and thoughtful reflection questions.

The Mirror of Charity

The Mirror of Charity Author Saint Aelred (of Rievaulx)
ISBN-10 0879077174
Release 1990-01-01
Pages 324
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Aelred of Rievaulx possessed a personal charm which drew friends and disciples naturally to him. His own experience of human weakness in a worldly life at the court of King David of Scotland made him sensitive to the doctrine of charity which he found among cistercian monks. The Mirror of Charity gives us a solid theology of the cistercian life. Aelred's deep knowledge of Scripture, his joy in his brethren, and his love of Christ shine from every page. Because the divine nature is love, as the Bible tells us, directing our love to God-love conforms us to the image of God that has been lost through sin. al love, to Aelred, is a participation in God-love that leads us to union. The Mirror of Charity, written at the beginning of his monastic life, and Spiritual Friendship, written near its end, form a set. Together they demonstrate both the consistency of his teaching and his unswerving love of God in Christ.

The Way of Friendship

The Way of Friendship Author Saint Aelred (of Rievaulx)
ISBN-10 1565481283
Release 2001
Pages 168
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“Fr. Basil Pennington has rendered a valuable service in making available a representative selection of the writings of Aelred of Rievaulx, one of the most engaging of the Cistercian writers of the twelfth century. It deserves a wide audience of both religious and secular readers.” Brother Patrick Hart Last Secretary of Merton and General Editor of the Thomas Merton Journals “Aelred is one of the great Cistercian spiritual masters. We are in debt to Father Basil for his judicious selection of texts. This useful anthology would make an ideal companion for a retreat or as a resource for lectio.” Lawrence S. Cunningham Professor of Theology The University of Notre Dame “Aelred of Rievaulx: The Way of Friendship offers a rich body of readings from the works of one of the greatest spiritual writers of the twelfth century. Fr. Pennington's introduction is balanced and provocative, pointing to Aelred's concern for both men and women, both monks and lay-people and to the way Aelred explains human love as a way of knowing and loving God. The selections are grouped to allow the reader to select readings of particular interest; their titles gracefully aid the reader in interpreting individual passages within each category. Selections explore not only Aelred's rich teaching on friendship but also explorations of the love of Jesus and of his mother Mary and Aelred’s reflections on his own life as monk and abbot. This book may be read either as an introduction to the thought and spirituality of Aelred or without reference to Aelred, as rich daily readings in the spiritual life of the Christian. They are as moving and helpful today as in the twelfth century. As Aelred taught men and women of his own time to meet and love God in their friends and in Jesus of Nazareth, so he continues to teach those who read his words today. This collection of texts will introduce him to many who would otherwise never hear his teaching.” Marsha L. Dutton Cistercian scholar and professor of English Ohio University, Athens

Love Salt

Love   Salt Author Amy Andrews
ISBN-10 9780829438321
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 324
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When Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith met in a creative writing class in graduate school, they both confessed to writing about God. They bonded one night while reading the Book of Ruth and came to truly understand the unlikely friendship of Ruth and Naomi. In these two Old Testament women, they witnessed a beautiful spiritual friendship and a way of walking with one another toward God. But how could they travel this path together when they would be separated by distance and time and leading busy lives as they established marriages and careers? They decided to write letters to each other—at first, for each day of Lent, but those days extended into years. Their letters became a memoir in real time and reveal deeply personal and profound accounts of conversion, motherhood, and crushing tragedy; through it all, their faith and friendship sustained them. Told through the timeless medium of letters—in prose that is raw and intimate, humorous and poetic—Love & Salt is at its core the emotional struggle of how one spiritual friendship is formed and tested in tragedy, tempered and proven in hope.

Treatises and the Pastoral Prayer

Treatises and the Pastoral Prayer Author Aelred of Rievaulx
ISBN-10 1607241897
Release 2010-06-30
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Treatises and the Pastoral Prayer has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Treatises and the Pastoral Prayer also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Treatises and the Pastoral Prayer book for free.

The Cistercian World

The Cistercian World Author
ISBN-10 9780141960722
Release 2006-04-27
Pages 352
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The Cistercian Order was born in Burgundy at the start of the twelfth century as a movement of radical renewal - an Order that survives to this day with the greater part of its written heritage preserved. This volume brings together a selection of its finest works, which speak powerfully across the centuries to modern readers. Writings by St Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153) - including his letters, The Life of Malachy the Irishman, sermons on the Song of Songs and the sharply satirical Apologia for Abbot William - reveal him to be a highly individual and influential writer of the Middle Ages. Also included here are a charming description of Clairvaux, biographies of abbots and a series of exemplary stories, all drawing on the Scriptures to express intensely personal forms of monastic theology.

Aelred of Rievaulx

Aelred of Rievaulx Author Saint Aelred (of Rievaulx)
ISBN-10 UOM:39015063098431
Release 2005
Pages 306
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Aelred of Rievaulx was an heir of Saxons living under Norman rule, a native speaker of English daily speaking French and Latin, a descendant of generations of married priests in an age when priests were forbidden to wed, an English monk in a French order, an abbot bred to service in the church but trained for service in the court. His sermons and treatises reflect Aelred the monk, the novice-master, and abbot. His historical works 'concerned with the political world of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England 'seek to explore the past as a guide for the present and assurance of the future. Drawing on the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, classical writers like Cicero, and medieval historians such as the Venerable Bede and Symeon of Durham, Aelred insisted on the importance of history for guiding human action, declaring that the meaning of the past can only be known in the present and that only at the end can one understand the beginning. In this volume are four of Aelred's seven historical works: Lament for David, King of the Scots (1153), The Genealogy of the Kings of the English (1153-1154), The Life of Saint Edward, King and Confessor (1162-63), and The Battle of the Standard (1153-54).

In the Image of Saint Dominic

In the Image of Saint Dominic Author Fr. Guy Bedouelle
ISBN-10 9781681492605
Release 2014-08-14
Pages 168
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A beautiful book of meditations on various Christian virtues or charisms as reflected in the lives of nine holy Dominican men and women. Manifesting the special grace and spirit given to St. Dominic, these outsanding lives are shining examples for modern Christians on how to make the Gospel teaching incarnate in today's world. Saints portrayed include Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Martin de Porres, Fra Angelico, Peter of Verona, Catherine de Ricci and others. Charisms highlighted by each life include prayer, joy, poverty, study, friendship, art and more. The lives of the saints occupy a special place in the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church. The men and women in this book form a comprehensive image of one of the most significant movements in the history of Western Christianity: the Dominican order, whose particular charism emphasizes the sanctification of the intellect and importance tht sacred truth holds in the life of the Christian believer.

Aelred of Rievaulx

Aelred of Rievaulx Author John R. Sommerfeldt
ISBN-10 0809142619
Release 2005
Pages 184
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For the medieval Cistercian abbot Aelred of Rievaulx, human beings are capable of happiness because human nature is good-but the self-defeating choices of humans have led to their misery. A loving God leads humans to happiness by nudging their free wills toward choosing the good and then, if they respond positively, giving them the power to realize that good. The power, or virtue, which perfects the human intellect is humility, which is not meekness but self-knowledge, gained through introspection and meditation on and through nature and Scripture. The will is perfected through love, without which no human act is good. Love for oneself, for others, and for God are complementary, not competing acts of the will. A special way of loving is firiendship, on which Aelred's teaching is perhaps the most complete and most sophisticated in the history of Christian thought. Perfection is, for Aelred, attainable in this life, since he sees perfection as a process, not a static condition. That condition will be attained in the total fulfillment of the afterlife.

Sermons for the Autumn Season

Sermons for the Autumn Season Author Bernard of Clairvaux
ISBN-10 9780879071547
Release 2016-03-29
Pages 456
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On the anniversary of the dedication of the monastery church at Clairvaux, Saint Bernard spoke to the community to explain the meaning of the feast: “What sanctity can these stones have that we should celebrate their festival? They do indeed have sanctity, but it is because of your bodies. . . . Your bodies are holy because of your souls, and this house is holy because of your bodies.”The thirty-eight sermons in this volume carry forth this theme, revealing the holiness of the monastic life as monks alternate through the rhythm of the day and the year between the opus Dei and manual labor, journeying faithfully through life to death and the transitus to glory. The twelfth-century Ecclesiastica Officia of the Cistercian Order required abbots to speak formally to their communities in chapter on seventeen fixed days, mostly liturgical feasts. This volume witnesses to Bernard’s fulfillment of this requirement and includes sermons for the Assumption and Nativity of the Virgin and the Feast of All Saints, sermons devoted to the feasts of particular saints celebrated during the autumn months, sermons for the time of harvest, and funeral sermons that look forward to the eternal joy in the communion of saints.

Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual Friendship Author Wesley Hill
ISBN-10 9781441227515
Release 2015-04-14
Pages 160
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Friendship is a relationship like no other. Unlike the relationships we are born into, we choose our friends. It is also tenuous--we can end a friendship at any time. But should friendship be so free and unconstrained? Although our culture tends to pay more attention to romantic love, marriage, family, and other forms of community, friendship is a genuine love in its own right. This eloquent book reminds us that Scripture and tradition have a high view of friendship. Single Christians, particularly those who are gay and celibate, may find it is a form of love to which they are especially called. Writing with deep empathy and with fidelity to historic Christian teaching, Wesley Hill retrieves a rich understanding of friendship as a spiritual vocation and explains how the church can foster friendship as a basic component of Christian discipleship. He helps us reimagine friendship as a robust form of love that is worthy of honor and attention in communities of faith. This book sets forth a positive calling for celibate gay Christians and suggests practical ways for all Christians to cultivate stronger friendships.

Aelred of Rievaulx on Love and Order in the World and the Church

Aelred of Rievaulx on Love and Order in the World and the Church Author John R. Sommerfeldt
ISBN-10 0809143232
Release 2006
Pages 232
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"The universe is a product of God's infinite love, according to the expansive thinking of Aelred of Rievaulx, a Cistercian abbot of the Middle Ages. Aelred sees human existence, order, and action as reflections of God's love. But Aelred knows that, although they have been created for happiness, humans are neither perfect nor happy. At the same time, however, he is sure that the flood of God's love can overwhelm people who do not reject this divine gift. Because Aelred knows that humans exist only in relationship, he searches out the social order necessary for happiness. So he explores the nature of the church as a community and the support that each social group or calling gives to the whole of existence." "This study examines how Aelred sees God informing the cosmos, and the humans who inhabit it, according to the divine order and principle of love. It follows Aelred's analysis of the disordering sources of human unhappiness, which happens when humans reject God's love, and then investigates Aelred's understanding of God's re-ordering of the human condition through the gifts and graces flowing from his greatest gift: his son, Jesus."--BOOK JACKET.

Aelred of Rievaulx s Spiritual Friendship

Aelred of Rievaulx s Spiritual Friendship Author Saint Aelred (of Rievaulx)
ISBN-10 UOM:39015034300940
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 137
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"Aelred of Rievaulx's Spiritual Friendship is one of the most important treatises on friendship to emerge from the middle ages. Working within a tradition that dates back to Cicero and other classical authors, Aelred (ca. 1110-67) discusses friendship from the perspective of Christian theology. Although he succeeds in advancing beyond Cicero's pagan concept of friendship to a thoroughly Christian formulation of the idea, this treatise is no dry, theological text. Born of its author's lifelong search for permanence and depth in his relationships with others, Aelred's essay also deals with many of the practical issues of friendship: how friendships begin, how they are nurtured, how preserved, the dangers to which friendships sometimes fall prey. Aelred is especially insistent on the necessity of strong, "spiritual" friendships between individuals within the general context of universal Christian love." "Aelred sketches out the sorts of relationships that people often substitute for friendship but that usually leave us unfulfilled: shallow relationships founded on mutual interest or gain, agreement in vices, the very human longing for acceptance from almost any quarter. But he also gives of himself, frankly sharing his own hopes, desires, and failures in friendships that date back to his earlier life. Much of this work's charm comes from Aelred's casting it as a dialogue in three books between himself and three of his fellow monks who seek his advice; its rigor lies in Aelred's attempt to blend the best of ancient, pagan writing on friendship with the demanding spiritual discipline commonly associated with his Cistercian order." "There is, however, yet another element that makes Aelred's Spiritual Friendship compelling to contemporary readers: the question of the author's sexual orientation. Many scholars in the last ten years have speculated that Aelred's emphasis on intense, individual friendships was predicated on a homosexual orientation. These scholars reinforce their case by referring to some of the autobiographical references that are characteristic of Aelred's writing in the Spiritual Friendship and in many of his other treatises. This translation addresses this difficult question in an appendix that surveys the evidence from all Aelred's major writings." "In addition, this translation includes an introductory essay that surveys Aelred's life and works, as well as earlier traditions of writing on friendship, both pagan and Christian. This is also the first translation of the Spiritual Friendship that is based entirely on the most modern critical edition of the Latin text, that of Dom Anselm Hoste (Turnhout: Brepols, 1971)."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Living the Truth in Love

Living the Truth in Love Author Janet Smith, Ph.D.
ISBN-10 9781621640608
Release 2015-10-05
Pages 331
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Living the Truth in Love grew out of the desire to provide answers to the questions posed in the Lineamenta for the Synod on Marriage of 2015 in Rome: “How can the Christian community give pastoral attention to families with persons with homosexual tendencies? What are the responses that, in light of cultural sensitivities, are considered to be most appropriate? While avoiding any unjust discrimination, how can such persons receive pastoral care in these situations in light of the Gospel? How can God’s will be proposed to them in their situation?” (40) People who want to be instruments of Christ’s love to those who experience same sex attraction—among them our children, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, parents, friends, and coworkers—seek guidance on how best to do so. We need to listen to the stories of those who experience SSA and the stories of those who have accompanied them on their journeys. We also need to ground our responses in a genuine Christian understanding of the human person and of human sexuality. More and more of those who have left the gay life style are telling their stories, stories that disclose that engaging in homosexual sexual acts has not delivered the happiness sought. Fortunately, for many there is a second chapter to the story, a beautiful story of falling in love with Jesus and his Church, of finding an ennobling understanding of the truth of the human person. Their journeys and transformations have often been facilitated by family members and friends, counselors and spiritual directors, who have been affirming and accepting of those who experience same-sex attraction without approving all their choices. Those who courageously face the realities of their lives and resolutely make the changes necessary—a process generally involving a significant amount of suffering, prayer, commitment to the sacraments, and a refashioning of relationships— eventually find peace, not misery, in accepting the Church’s teaching on sexuality. In their willingness to undergo conversions of many kinds and in their desire to seek holiness and live lives of complete self-giving, they become witnesses of the saving power of Jesus’ love and the graces he bestows on those who love him. This volume includes essays that lay out the Christian view of the human person and of human sexuality, essays that challenge the bifurcation of sexualities into “heterosexual” and “homosexual.” Topics include an explanation of the meaning of the word “disorder”, a discussion of the therapeutic power of friendship, and an application of St. Pope John Paul II’s personalism to the question of same-sex attraction. Psychologists and counselors explain various ways of affirming those who experience SSA and of leading them to experience the power of Christ’s healing love. Several of those who experience SSA tell their touching and inspiring stories.

God Is Friendship

God Is Friendship Author Brian Edgar
ISBN-10 1628240342
Release 2013
Pages 310
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A theology of spirituality, community, and society. Brian Edgar has identified an element crucial to the corporate spirituality, meaningful discipleship, and effective mission of the church in our day. Friendship (with God and others) is a category that goes to the very nature of relationships. Edgar uses the wide-ranging perspectives of biblical scholarship, theology, ethics, philosophy, and sociology in God is Friendship to develop our understanding of friendship. Brian Edgar is Professor of Theological Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He taught previously at the Melbourne Sc.


Mutuality Author Dawn M. Nothwehr
ISBN-10 9781597523134
Release 2005-07-25
Pages 304
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Mutuality has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Mutuality also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Mutuality book for free.