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Aelred Of Rievaulx: Mirror of Charity (Cistercian Fathers) Paperback – May 1, 1990

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elizabeth Connor earned an M.A. in Classics at the John Hopkins University before entering the Abbaye de Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil in Québec, where she has served as formation director and prioress.

Product Details

  • Series: Cistercian Fathers (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cistercian Publications; New edition edition (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879077174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879077174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very interesting & insightful work! It's amazing to me that someone who lives mostly in a cloistered environment can have so much wisdom about how people work & act. This is a Cistercian publication, so the intro is very obviously slanted to their lifestyle. Which isn't all bad - just a heads up. Book 2 of this work is almost a defense of Cistercian life (which had come under much criticism at the time for being too harsh). But even in the midst of that is good, good reading.

The "charity" that he refers to is love - love of God and people & how we live that out. The book is not just about helping others, our common use of "charity.

I have also read his On Spiritual Friendship, which is his last major work (this being the first). I prefer it - it's shorter & more full of practical advice & counsel and very applicable to our lives today. That is the only reason to give this 4, not 5, stars.

If you haven't read Aelred, I strongly recommend it!
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