Moving through the purgative, illuminative, and unitive “ways” toward the fullness of Christian perfection and intimate union with God in this life forms the foundation of St.

Aelred’s understanding of genuine (spiritual) friendship, its testing and forming, and its “consummation” which can only be realized among the “perfect” (those who achieve abiding spiritual progress toward that deep union with God).

Enter those whom readers will recognize as the “New Homophiles”—they, too, are partial to St.

Aelred over at the duly-named blog site “Spiritual Friendship” (with the Twitter handle “Aelreds Friends”).

Just as authentic Christian spiritual perfection regarding union with God transcends the temporal by giving the “perfect” a foretaste of the eternal Beatific Vision, so too spiritual friendship is reality for those united in this friendship.

Such a perfected and consummated friendship in this life is indeed rare, and it’s only achievable by the “good,” St.

The New Homophiles are proposing that two people with SSA should be able to publicly vow lifelong commitment to one another, within their Church communities. Aelred’s writing doesn’t support this notion, for two main reasons.

First, we’ve just noted that “exclusivity” is not a feature of spiritual friendship.

So, I set about pouring my love and grief into this purposeful life project, and at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, I launched Soulful in memory of my father and in honor of our new millennium.

Creating Soulful is my soulful life purpose, and it has been one of the most meaningful, joyous, and wondrous experiences of my lifetime.

I know, without a doubt, that .” It is a unique opportunity to work with me, one-on-one, for a deep-dive into your heart and soul to discover your life purpose and deepest soul dreams, and put passion, purpose, and action together to manifest them in the world!