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Jan 12, 2005



And today is the Feast of St. Aelred. Here's the Proper Collect for the day:

Pour into our hearts, 0 God, the Holy Spirit's gift of love, that we, clasping each the other's hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with your servant Aelred draw many into your community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The priest at the noon Eucharist noted that Aelred was sort of the "Patron Saint of Friendship." Here's a quote from the Integrity page I linked above:

But Aelred had, more than any other saint I know, a deep appreciation for friendship, and by that is meant the particular love between two individuals. Our tradition teaches us much about universal charity, the love of all humankind. We hear far less about the worthy love between two people, as exemplified by the love between Naomi and Ruth, or between Jesus and John, the "beloved disciple."

Of all the gifts Aelred has given the Church, the one most uniquely his is the joyous affirmation that we move toward God in and through our relationships with other people, not apart from or in spite of them.

Same kind of thing you're talking about here, I think.

John Wilkins

Thank you for this collect! Aelred is one of my favorite saints!

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