Bernard on a Loving Community

“If you take the advice of Wisdom and turn away from your pleasure and make yourself content with food and clothing as the Apostle teaches, soon you will find that your love is not impeded by carnal desires that fight against the soul.  I think you will not find it a burden to share with your fellow-man what you withhold from the enemy of your soul.  Then will your love be sober and just, when you do not deny your brother what he needs from the pleasures you have denied yourself.  It is in this way that bodily love is shared, when it is extended to the community.”

From Bernard of Clairvaux’s treatise On Loving God in his Selected Works edited by Emilie Griffin.

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