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“What does God hate or punish except self-will? Let self-will cease, and there will be no hell. On what does that fire feed except on self-will?”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“So far from being able to answer for my sins, I cannot even answer for my righteousness!”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some invisible thing.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Obey your bishop! “Obey those set over you [Heb 13:17],” the teachers of the Church… I remind you, my dear friends, of what I said when I was with you: do not receive any outside or unknown preacher, unless he be sent by your bishop or preaches with the permission of the pope. For “how shall they preach unless they are sent [Rom 10:15]?””

Bernard of Clairvaux

“The more I contemplate God, the more God looks on me. The more I pray to him, the more he thinks of me too.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“I do a great wrong in His sight, when I beseech Him that He will hear my prayer, which as I give utterance to it, I do not hear myself. I entreat Him that He will think of me; but I regard neither myself nor Him. Nay, what is worse, turning over corrupt and evil thoughts in mine heart, I thrust a dreadful offensiveness into His presence.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“What of the souls already released from their bodies? We believe that they are overwhelmed in that vast sea of eternal light and of luminous eternity”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Our King [Jesus] is accused of treachery; it is said of him [by the Muslims] that he is not God, but that he falsely pretended to be something he was not.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“From the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfilled to Thee again.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“There are three distinct comings of the Lord of which I know: His coming to men, His coming into men, and His coming against men.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Prayer is a wine which makes glad the heart of man”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“”My burden is light,” said the blessed Redeemer, a light burden indeed, which carries him that bears it. I have looked through all nature for a resemblance of this, and seem to find a shadow of it in the wings of a bird, which are indeed borne by the creature, and yet support her flight towards heaven.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Nothing can work me damage except myself. The harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Have death always before your eyes as a salutary means of returning to God.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Persecution shows who is a hireling, and who a true pastor.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Jesus, what made You so small? LOVE!”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Do what Jesus says… what he commands through his ministers who are in the Church [see 1 Cor 6:4]. Be subject to his vicars, your leaders, not only those who are gentle and kind, but even those who are overbearing [see 1 Pt 2:18].”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“There are some who wish to learn for no other reason than that they may be looked upon as learned, which is ridiculous vanity … Others desire to learn that they may morally instruct others, that is love. And, lastly, there are some who wish to learn that they may be themselves edified; and that is prudence.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Prostrate, see Thy cross I grasp,And Thy pierced feet I clasp;Gracious Jesus, spurn me not;On me, with compassion fraught,Let Thy glances fall.Thy cross of agony,My Beloved, look on me;Turn me wholly unto Thee;”Be thou whole,” say openly:”I forgive thee all.”

Bernard of Clairvaux

“Thus understanding and love, that is, the knowledge of and delight in the truth, are, as it were, the two arms of the soul, with which it embraces and comprehends with all the saints the length and breath, the height and depth, that is the eternity, the love, the goodness, and the wisdom of God.”

Bernard of Clairvaux