Praise the Lord, O my soul: who satisfies your mouth with good things Psalm 103:1ff. This book is best read meditatively, allowing your mind to digest every sentence. My first book of saints. I said that God is to be loved for himself, for a twofold reason: nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. And being God, what better gift could He offer than Himself? Disciples flocked to it in great numbers and put themselves under the direction of Bernard.
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. . Saint Bernard and the Duke of Aquitaine, by had decided to support Innocent through , who was a friend of Bernard's. Bernard's letters to William of St-Thierry also express his apprehension about confronting the preeminent logician. This kind of love means loving oneself selfishly. Who is He that loved? Within three years of joining the order, he was appointed abbot of the third Cistercian monastery, at Clairvaux.
It is righteous, because it gives as it receives. God, as the source of all goodness, is the source of our ability and disposition to love others… The 2nd Degree of Love: Loving God for Your Own Blessing Dependence on God People who are animal and carnal by instinct, who only know what it means to love themselves, can begin to love God for their own blessing. So it is essential we love God first in order to love others also. The reader is good and this book is fairly short and easy to follow: Content-wise, it's a beautiful little read. This letter made a positive impression on Harmeric, and in the. 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. But it is natural that nothing should content a man's desires but the very best, as he reckons it.
In June 1145, Bernard traveled in southern France and his preaching there helped strengthen support against heresy. Finally virtue will also be recognized as twofold, if we seek our author, and having found him, cling inseparably to him. Another time, while sleeping in an inn, a prostitute was introduced naked beside him, and he saved his chastity by running. After persuading Gerard, Bernard traveled to visit. The substance will endure, but in another beauty, a higher power, a greater glory.
This book is a true treasure! I reply, the reason for loving God is God himself, and the measure, is to love without measure. Bernard was the third of seven children, six of whom were sons. The order had been established in 1098 to restore Benedictine monasticism to a more primitive and austere state. The abbey of Cluny as it would have looked in Bernard's time In the year 1119, Bernard was present at the first general chapter of the order convoked by Stephen of Cîteaux. In these earthly dwellings, though men may rejoice, yet they have still other battles to fight, other mortal perils to undergo.
Moved by his burning words, many Christians embarked for the Holy Land, but the crusade ended in miserable failure. New York: Facts on File. By the end of 1131, the kingdoms of , , , , , and supported Innocent; however, most of Italy, southern France, and , with the Latin patriarchs of , , and supported Anacletus. Bernard led to the foundation of 163 monasteries in different parts of Europe. He's a formidable foe who wants to snatch us away from God, and the thought of doing battle with him can seem daunting. After the council of Étampes, Bernard spoke with King , also known as Henry Beauclerc, about Henry I's reservations regarding.
Love is never without desire, but it is lawful desire. And first let us consider how he deserves to be loved. Nor is it improper to say that even God lives by law, when that law is the law of love. Bernard had returned to France in June and was continuing the work of peacemaking which he had commenced in 1130. But unfortunately we only get a taste of this fourth degree of love in this life. And is not His love that wonderful charity which 'seeketh not her own'? We love justly… This love is also pleasing because it is spontaneous.
There is not doubt that God will provide for our needs; indeed, He gives most people more than they need. John answers: 'God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life' John 3:16. The purpose of this council was to settle certain disputes of the , and regulate other matters of the. Such love is thankworthy, because it is spontaneous. The saint then place these various motivations in an ascending order, from selfish to divine, presenting them as a path which anyone can start and that leads to perfection in love.
He chose to live in a primitive hut in a marshy valley rather than a wealthy Benedictine monastery nearby. Teresa of Avila's in a shorter space and time. 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. We must vigilantly guard against this ignorance, by which we might perceive ourselves as less than we really our, or by which we might grant to ourselves more than we ought, when we wrongly think that the good which is in us, is also from us. The beginnings of were trying and painful.
Surely humility in furs is better than pride in tunics. Institutes of the Christian Religion. The person who is at the second degree of love will give thanks to God when He has shown him kindness. And because love is natural, it is only right to love the Author of nature first of all. This sets forth the Father's love.