INSPIRING QUOTES FROM ST BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX - FEAST DAY TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST


“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity.

There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity.

There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love.”

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

“What we love we shall grow to resemble.”

A saint is not someone who never sins, but one who sins less and less frequently and gets up more and more quickly.”

“What I know of the divine sciences and the Holy Scriptures, I have learned in woods and fields. I have no other masters than the beeches and the oaks.”

‘God is incapable of suffering but capable of sharing another’s suffering’.

“Jesus the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills my breast;

But sweeter far Thy face to see,

And in Thy presence rest.”

“Rest is in Him alone. Man knows no peace in the world; but he has no disturbance when he is with God.”

“The reason for loving God is God Himself. As to how He is to be loved, there is only one measure: It is immeasurable!”

‘If you lack self-knowledge you will possess neither the fear of God nor humility’.

‘The lesser he has made himself in his humanity, the greater has he shown himself in kindness. The more he humbles himself on my account, the more powerfully he engages my love’.

‘So let me ask you: Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord’s presence, when you calmly spend time with him, when you bask in his gaze? Do you let his fire inflame your heart? Unless you let him warm you more and more with his love and tenderness, you will not catch fire. How will you then be able to set the hearts of others on fire by your words and witness? If, gazing on the face of Christ, you feel unable to let yourself be healed and transformed, then enter into the Lord’s heart, into his wounds, for that is the abode of divine mercy’.

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