They do indeed have sanctity, but it is because of your bodies. For she is most appropriately compared to a star, because, just as a star emits its rays without being corrupted, so the Virgin gave birth to her Son without any injury to her virginity. Open out Thy pierced hands and feet, that the treasure of salvation and the plentiful redemption hidden in them may come forth. While this seal remained whole the union remained uninjured. Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary. Henceforth Christ will pursue our enemies, and will seize them, and will not desist until they are over come in us. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux - Aglow with Love for Mary
Are you persuaded that it is Mary's humility that matters most to Bernard? For she is most appropriately compared to a star, because, just as a star emits its rays without being corrupted, so the Virgin gave birth to her Son without any injury to her virginity. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia. Learn, O Dust, to submit. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. A perfect individual, such as Mary would remain a virgin pure , as well as humble to obtain salvation.
On the Holy Family by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux | Communio
Because of his often formal style and extensive quotation of Scripture, Bernard is not easy reading for a popular audience, so several new translations and studies have appeared to make his writings more accessible to modern readers. He calls to you from heaven: Our bee feeds among lilies, and dwells in the flowery country of the angels. Is not He great whose immensity knows no limitation? Who can doubt that there was some grand cause powerful enough to move so sovereign a Majesty to come " from afar," and condescend to enter a place so unworthy of Him as this world of ours. Power exacts subjection, majesty inspires 1 Phil. Joseph Wawrykow is professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.
The letters have been studied extensively for the portrait they provide of Bernard, who is revealed as a man of tempestuous emotions—sometimes terribly angry, sometimes irritated, and sometimes joking. The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright The Columbia University Press. Bernard of Clairvaux, St — Although Bernard's writings have not reached a wide audience outside the church, his works have been studied by theologians and philosophers for their original explication of church doctrine and mystical ideas, as well as for their rejection of heresy and rationalistic theology. Nor does God disdain to be called that which He disdained not to be.