Bernard reminds us that we are indebted to God for his love and His sacrifice. But here is a paradox, that no one can seek the Lord who has not already found him. On a lower plane of action, it is the reluctant, not the eager, whom we urge by promises of reward. The same of whom every spirit testifies: 'Thou art my God: my goods are nothing unto Thee' Ps. But it is natural that nothing should content a man's desires but the very best, as he reckons it. The Mellifluus Doctor has sprinkled this gem heavily and yet almost absent-mindedly with Scripture which he had so absorbed it almost flowed through his pen. And since it is the Godhead who loves us, himself boundless, eternal, supreme love, of whose greatness there is no end, yea, and His wisdom is infinite, whose peace passes all understanding; since it is he who loves us, I say, can we think of repaying him grudgingly? Nor could they recall things piteous, for then they will make mention of God's righteousness only.
But if you find that your benevolence to your neighbor reduces your own support which you need, what can you do then? His preaching, aided by his ascetic looks and simple attire, helped doom the new sects. Warned by wholesome counsel he shuns the perilous road, and heeds the direction that shortens the search, forbidding covetousness and commanding that he sell all that he hath and give to the poor Matthew 19:2 1. What could result from the contemplation of compassion so marvelous and so undeserved, favor so free and so well attested, kindness so unexpected, clemency so unconquerable, grace so amazing, except that the soul should withdraw from all sinful affections, reject all that is inconsistent with God's love, and yield herself wholly to heavenly things? I reply, the reason for loving God is God himself, and the measure, is to love without measure. This amount is equal to the sum of his creation, and the sacrifice of his savior in giving His own self. Contents Why we should love God How much God deserves love from man What greater incentives Christians have to love God Of those who find comfort in the recollection of God Of the Christian's debt of love A brief summary Of love toward God not without reward Of the first degree of love Of the second and third degrees of love Of the fourth degree of love Of the attainment of this perfection of love only at the resurrection Of love: out of a letter to the Carthusians Of the law of self-will and desire, of slaves and hirelings Of the law of the love of sons Of the four degrees of love.
Or just as air becomes so radiant with the light of the sun that it appears to be the very sunlight itself, so it is with the saints whose human love is transmuted by the will of God Himself… Not until death is swallowed up in victory 1 Corinthians 15:54 , and eternal light overwhelms all darkness, and takes full possession so that glory alone shines in their bodies, can our souls be entirely set free to be given wholly to God. I will love thee more when thou deemest me worthy to receive greater capacity for loving; yet never so perfectly as thou hast deserved of me. After the death of his mother, Bernard sought admission into the Cistercian order. Who is He that loved? We believe that they are overwhelmed in that vast sea of eternal light and of luminous eternity. As a drop of water poured into wine loses itself, and takes the color and savor of wine; or as a bar of iron, heated red-hot, becomes like fire itself, forgetting its own nature; or as the air, radiant with sun-beams, seems not so much to be illuminated as to be light itself; so in the saints all human affections melt away by some unspeakable transmutation into the will of God. He is therefore unpardonable if he does not love the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his strength; for the justice innate in him, and not unknown to reason, cry out that with his whole self he should love him, to whom he knows he owes his whole self. The first state is toilsome, but fruitful; the second is idle, but not monotonous: the third is glorious.
And thus we are now learning to love like God. The first state is toilsome, but fruitful; the second is idle, but not monotonous: the third is glorious. In 1137, he was again forced to leave his solitude by order of the pope to put an end to the quarrel between Lothair and Roger of Sicily. Even though our knowledge of this is imperfect, still that is better than to ignore it altogether. They want to traverse creation, trying all things one by one, rather than think of coming to him who is Lord of all. The text below is part of the first chapter of his classic, On Loving God.
Ought He not to be loved in return, when we think who loved, whom He loved, and how much He loved? Sancti Bernardi Opera in Latin. In the first part, he proved himself innocent of the charges of Cluny and in the second he gave his reasons for his counterattacks. Discontented, he spends himself in fruitless toil, and finds only weariness in the evanescent and unreal pleasures of the world. So you know that God is available to assist you and help you, and you love him for those benefits. 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? Bernard's letters to William of St-Thierry also express his apprehension about confronting the preeminent logician.
This is progression in love again parallels my own experience in salvation and I hope yours. Hasten then to expiate your sins by victories over the Infidels, and let the deliverance of the holy places be the reward of your repentance. Bernard describes closely follows and flows from our walk with God in Christ throughout our life. Meet some battle-tested warriors who fight at your side. In this life the net of all-including love gathers every kind of fish into its wide folds, becoming all things to all men, sharing adversity or prosperity, rejoicing with them that do rejoice, and weeping with them that weep Romans 12:15. He also wrote the Rule for the new order known as the Knights Templar, an order of men who took monastic vows and swore to defend the Holy Land militarily.
Answers questions about which parts of Rule of Saint Benedict an abbot can, or cannot, dispense. Loving as he ought, he counts that command only just. Genre s : Christianity - Other Language: English Section Chapter Reader Time 01 00:04:54 02 00:08:38 03 00:07:18 04 00:07:36 05 00:05:29 06 00:02:29 07 00:12:04 08 00:05:26 09 00:03:28 10 00:06:12 11 00:08:36 12 00:05:11 13 00:03:18 14 00:03:39 15 00:05:27. In a new analytic commentary, Stiegman examines Bernard's language, logic, and theology, demonstrating the vital importance of reading medieval authors on their own terms, without superimposing categories developed by later generations. Human dignity shows not only the prerogatives of nature, but also as the power of dominion, which brings the fear and dread of man upon every beast of the earth.
And I could not agree more. Overall I really enjoyed this classic Christian work and here is why. He decided in favour of. It is far better to share your enjoyments with your neighbor than with these enemies. The body is a help to the soul that loves God, even when it is ill, even when it is dead, and all the more when it is raised again from the dead: for illness is an aid to penitence; death is the gate of rest; and the resurrection will bring consummation.
Some one may urge that this is true of mankind, but not of angels. There was no heart in it from Bernard himself. Then they will love themselves only in God! I found this short I didn't read the Analytic Commentary that accompanied the work treatise on love absolutely delightful and refreshing. What c Bernard does not here reach the eloquence of some of his sermons on the Song of Songs, but this work makes evident the demands of love and makes winsome the pursuit of love. You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much. I mean the showing of Bernard's love, as an example for his readers. This degree can only come about in the new creation.
The last years of Bernard's life were saddened by the failure of the Second Crusade he had preached, the entire responsibility for which was thrown upon him. One may therefore say with truth that love is at once God and the gift of God, essential love imparting the quality of love. This short work starts a little slowly, so be patient, and be amazed at how deeply his imagination is filled with Scripture. After the death of his mother, Bernard sought admission into the Cistercian order. Tackling the subject of loving God, St.