Bernard on Loving God

Here’s a nice selection from Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153) that has to do with the Christian’s love for God. “God…brings about your love for him, just as he causes other goods.  This is how he does it: he who made nature also protects it.  For it was so created that it needs its Creator… Continue reading Bernard on Loving God

Do Not Love the World… (Bernard)

Around the year 1129 AD St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote a letter to Alexander, a bishop who was known for his greed and injustice.  Among other things, Bernard addressed Alexander's greed.  This is worth thinking about today.   He said, "[I exhort you] lovingly not to take the glory of the world seriously as something… Continue reading Do Not Love the World… (Bernard)

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… Continue reading Bernard on a Loving Community