St. Aelred left the royal court of Scotland to follow the call of
God in the monastic life.
He entered the severe Cistercian Order. Throughout his life his associates found in him a sympathetic friend. His special devotion was the Passion of Christ.
Beloved of God and men, whose memory is in benediction. He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. — Epistle, Book of Wisdom
The Imitation of Christ
In like manner, do not be inquisitive or dispute concerning the merits of the saints: who is more holy than another, or who greater in the kingdom of heaven.
This saint left an earthly court for the immediate service of his King; became a member of the imperial bodyguard, as it were.
Make a special visit or two to the church today; when you go in, tell our Lord you have come in to do sentinel duty before His tent. Try to assure Him that you are honored — as indeed you are — to be allowed to stand before Him.
I have chosen to be an abject in the courts of my God, rather than to dwell among thousands.