Here we are, you and I, and I hope that Christ makes a third with us. Spiritual Friendship
Saint Aelred whom we celebrate today could be certain that in his experience of relationship, Christ was ever present, for Christ Jesus is never ever in competition with his creation. God is Love. Love is one. And so Jesus is truly with us in all of our loving interconnectedness. And so Aelred will at last declare, “God is friendship.”
Image of Saint Aelred from an early Cistercian manuscript.