Bernard of Clairvaux

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Three Comings of the Lord – Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux says there are three comings: Advent prepares not just for the first coming of Christ to Israel, or even the second at the end of time. There is a third coming between these two in which Jesus comes in spirit...

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Love of Bridegroom & Bride – Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard here treats of one of his favorite themes, the love relationship between God as bridegroom and the individual soul as bride, according the Song of Songs (otherwise known as the Canticle of Canticles or Song of Solomon). This selection is so typical of...

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Guardian Angels – Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the respect and gratitude owed to our guardian angels to whom God has entrusted us as our protectors and teachers. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']H[/dropcaps]e has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm...

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Annunciation & Mary’s Fiat – Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard here dramatically celebrates Mary's Fiat, or statement of consent in response to the announcement by the archangel Gabriel, behold the handmaiden of the Lord; "let it me done to me according to your word."  Appropriate for Advent or for the Solemnity of the Annunciation...

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Wounds of Christ – Bernard of Clairvaux

This piece by St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the wounds of Christ is very fitting to be used in Lent and especially during Holy Week as we meditate on the Passion of the Lord Jesus & his mercy. St. Bernard, perhaps the greatest preacher...

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Seek Wisdom – Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard of Clairvaux extols wisdom as a hidden treasure and prudence as honey which delights the heart. Bernard himself came to be known as the “Mellifluous Doctor,” meaning the one from whose lips the wisdom of God flowed like honey....