Oil Dedicated to St Aelred of Rievaulx (Patron for Bladder Stone Sufferers)
The Oil Dedicated to St Aelred of Rievaulx (Patron for Bladder Stone Sufferers) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Aelred of Rievaulx was a 12th-century English Cistercian monk and abbot who lived from 1110 to 1167. He was born in Hexham, Northumberland, England, to a noble family and was educated at the court of King David I of Scotland. After his mother’s death, he entered the Cistercian monastery of Rievaulx in 1133 and eventually became its abbot in 1147.
St. Aelred known for his spiritual writings, particularly on the topics of friendship and love. His most famous work is “Spiritual Friendship,” which explores the nature of friendship and its role in the spiritual life. In it, he argues that friendship can be a means of attaining a closer relationship with God, and that true friendship is based on mutual love and selflessness.
St. Aelred also known for his skill in administration, and under his leadership, Rievaulx became one of the most influential and prosperous monasteries in England. He also involved in various political and ecclesiastical affairs, and known for his diplomatic skills and his ability to mediate disputes.
St. Aelred’s piety and humility widely admired, and he known for his devotion to the Virgin Mary and the Holy Cross. He also known for his care and concern for the poor and the sick, and for his efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.
St. Aelred died on January 12, 1167, and buried at Rievaulx Abbey. He canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671, and his feast day celebrated on January 12. Today, he remembered as one of the great spiritual writers of the Middle Ages, and his writings continue to inspire and challenge readers to this day.