Aelred of Rievaulx: Pursuing Perfect Happiness


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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 ...

Aelred of Rievaulx: Pursuing Perfect Happiness 2005, Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780809142613

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