It circulated extensively in the Middle Ages under Bernard's name and was one of the most popular religious works of the later Middle Ages. Love is the eternal law whereby the universe was created and is ruled. In opposition to the rational approach to divine understanding that the adopted, Bernard would preach an immediate faith, in which the intercessor was the Virgin Mary. I say notable, not because they are the most excellent, but because they are the most necessary. When that desire is appeased, when the one lack is supplied, what should hinder her then from yielding herself utterly to God, losing her own likeness and being made like unto Him? Such love is thankworthy, since it is spontaneous; pure, since it is shown not in word nor tongue, but in deed and truth I John 3. Bernard sees this as a transient phase, where the man will eventually realize the power of God and be swayed by it.
So you know that God is available to assist you and help you, and you love him for those benefits. The book is a beautiful and classic work, regardless. The flesh then is a good and faithful comrade for a good soul: since even when it is a burden it assists; when the help ceases, the burden ceases too; and when once more the assistance begins, there is no longer a burden. In it he presents his famous Four Degrees of Love, which are a model for spiritual development in Christlikeness. Here is the Saint Francis who prayed and danced with pagan abandon, who talked to animals, and who invented the crèche. After the council, the was deposed. Malachy would die at Clairvaux in 1148.
It has its reward; but that reward is the object beloved. Of course, the crusades are not mentioned in this book so they have really nothing to do with this review. When the flesh is laid aside, she eats no more the bread of carefulness, but is allowed to drink deeply of the wine of love, as if after a repast. He was buried at the Clairvaux Abbey, but after its dissolution in 1792 by the , his remains were transferred to. Wherefore the soul may hope to possess the fourth degree of love, or rather to be possessed by it, only when it has been clothed upon with that spiritual and immortal body, which will be perfect, peaceful, lovely, and in everything wholly subjected to the spirit. Popular works: On Loving God, ,. Jesus, our only joy be Thou.
The apostle tells us: 'When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son' Rom. The early church grappled with all of this intellectually. He then found Radulphe in Mainz and was able to silence him, returning him to his monastery. So too, is also vastly important to understand what love truly is, especially when the word is used so flippantly within the English speaking culture. For this love is a mountain of great elevation that is fertile and rich. Bernard of Clairvaux: On Loving God This text is excerpted from the online edition at Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Abelard submitted without resistance, and he retired to Cluny to live under the protection of Peter the Venerable, where he died two years later.
Bernard invited William to the Mass which he celebrated in the Church of La Couldre. His was also a life of intense activity: he made sixty-eight monastic foundations in thirty-five years. In 1113 Saint had just succeeded Saint Alberic as third when Bernard and thirty other young noblemen of Burgundy sought admission into the monastery. This cannot be so with the others; for the first have the weight of the body to bear, and the second desires the body again with something of selfish expectation. In 1562, during the era of the Spanish Inquisition, Teresa sat down to write an account of the mystical experiences for which she had become famous. Bernard sent him, at the pope's own request, various instructions which comprise the Book of Considerations, the predominating idea of which is that the reformation of the Church ought to commence with the sanctity of the pope. His father and all his brothers entered Clairvaux to pursue religious life, leaving only Humbeline, his sister, in the secular world.
Although it was written over 500 years ago solely for the nuns of her convent, her devotion continues to instruct and inspire believers today. The result was this book, one of the great classics of spiritual autobiography. I've read the book online as well, but actually enjoyed the LibriVox reading more. And this last kind of ignorance is an arrogance that is more grievous and dangerous fault than the ignorance of the second, since it despises God, while the other simply does not knows him. Modern Christianity often times tries to place our hope in the possibility of good life now but the classic and Biblical Christian hope looks forward to the future when God returns and rescues us from our bodies of death and we live with Him forever in the new heavens and new earth. The author quotes Scripture a lot.
The movement found an ardent and powerful advocate in. Born in France in 1090, he became a monk, joining one of the new monastic movements, the rigorous Cistercians. And is not His love that wonderful charity which 'seeketh not her own'? Pitre takes listeners step-by-step from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to reveal how deeply biblical Catholic beliefs about Mary really are. It is spontaneous in its origin and impulse; and true love is its own satisfaction. Here he began practicing lifelong ascetic disciplines strict fasting, sleep deprivation, etc.
A word to the wise is sufficient; but I must consider simple folk too. Bernard is describing the ultimate Christian hope, that God would form in us exactly what He has purposed and we would be free from our sin nature. Bernard, rightly called St Bernard, takes down a journey of relishing in God's lavish love for us and logically and rationally shows us why God deserves oir love in return. But if we are to love our neighbors as we should, we must not forget God, for it is only in God that we can pay that debt of love properly. Answers questions about which parts of Rule of Saint Benedict an abbot can, or cannot, dispense. Bernard of Clairvaux On Loving God by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much.