Monday, August 20, 2012

Bernard of Clairvaux: The Love-Monk

"'I will love you, O Lord my strength, my strong rock and my defense, my Savior, my sole desire and love.'

My God, my helper, I will love you with all the power you have given me: not worthily, because that is impossible, but nevertheless to the best of my ability. Do what I will in life, I can never discharge my debt to you, and I can love you only according to the power you have given me. But I will endeavor to love you more and more, as you see fit to enable me to do so; and yet, never, never, as you should be loved..."
(From Bernard's treatise On the Love of God)

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