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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. 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. All love, to Aelred, is a participation in God-love that leads us to union.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-200-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Apr 13,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 328
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-200-0
$187.00
$112.20

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. All 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.

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. All 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.

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Aelred of Rievaulx

Elizabeth Connor OCSO

Charles Dumont OCSO

  • Aelred of Rievaulx THE MIRROR OF CHARITY (page 5)
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 9)
  • LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS (page 11)
  • TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE (page 13)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 15)
  • A LITTER OF BERNARD ABBOT OF CLAIRVAUX TO ABBOT AELRED (page 73)
  • HERE BEGING THE PREFACE OF ABBOT AELRED TO THE BOOK ENTITLED THE MIRROR OF CHARITY (page 77)
  • HERE BEING THE TITLES OF THE CHAPTERS OF BOOK ONE (page 81)
  • HERE BEING THE TITLES OF THE CHAPTERS OF BOOK TWO (page 85)
  • HERE BEING THE TITLES OF THE CHAPTERS OF BOOK THREE (page 87)
  • HERE BEGINS THE WORK ENTITLED THE MIRROR OF CHARITY (page 91)
  • HERE BEGINS BOOKS TWO (page 167)
  • HERE BEGINS BOOK THREE (page 225)
  • TABLE OF SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES (page 309)