Cist, Doctor of the Church 1090 - August 20, 1153 was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian monastic order. Who is it that gives food to all flesh, light to all that see, air to all that breathe? Bonaventure presents us with a mystical theology, leading us step by step from reflection on the world around us, through reflection on our inner world as human beings, toward the world above us, the divine life of the Holy Trinity. Whosoever praises God for His essential goodness, and not merely because of the benefits he has bestowed, does really love God for God's sake, and not selfishly. We drink of Thee the Fountain-head, And thirst our souls from thee to fill! The apostle tells us: 'When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son' Rom. I do not agree with all his views, but I don't have to. I reply, the reason for loving God is God himself, and the measure, is to love without measure. In these earthly dwellings, though men may rejoice, yet they have still other battles to fight, other mortal perils to undergo.
My first impression of On Loving God was this book does well to explain the topic of loving God in four degrees our motivations. His flesh sown in death has blossomed in the resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:42 ; and at the odor of this blossoming, our valleys and fields which were barren or frozen, being dead, glow with reviving life and warmth. Bernard's perfect little reflection on His Creator and Lover isn't lofty nor especially intellectual, but it typical of him. It would be foolish to wish to enumerate them, as I just said they are innumerable: but it is enough to give, as notable instances, food, sunlight and air. They love all the more, because they know themselves to be loved so exceedingly; but they to whom little is given, loves little Luke 7:47.
Man knows no peace in the world; but he has no disturbance when he is with God. For whom was such unutterable love made manifest? Bonaventure talks about this spiritual journey as taking place in six steps, like the six days of creation. To reach this state is to become godlike. Is it not, then, mad folly always to be craving for things which can never quiet our longings, much less satisfy them? Listened to in one sitting. And thus it will appear that each of these three things has a twofold character.
It is surely justice to share our natural gifts with those who share our nature. I am not meant for writing; I have neither the health nor the wits for it. Of course, the crusades are not mentioned in this book so they have really nothing to do with this review. The reader is good and this book is fairly short and easy to follow: Content-wise, it's a beautiful little read. It is spontaneous in its origin and impulse; and true love is its own satisfaction. On Loving God is very short, but filled with moving and inspiring text.
For to so lose yourself that you are reduced to nothing is a dive experience and not a human sentiment Philippians 2:7 … In God all our affections should center, so that in all things we should seek to do only His will and not to please ourselves. He wrote his heart out, and successfully helped me to love God more. I say notable, not because they are the most excellent, but because they are the most necessary. It is not so much a systematic treatise, as written from the saint's own lived experience. But for whom was such unutterable love made manifest? And how much did he love us? I shall not be coerced by fear, nor allured by mercenary desires; for I shall be led by the Spirit of God, that free Spirit whereby Thy sons are led, which beareth witness with my spirit that I am among the children of God Romans 8:16. Next, I call it undefined because it never keeps back anything of its own for itself.
Whether that last one is even possible for us during this life is a question every dedicated Christian has had to honestly face, and St. On Loving God is very short, but filled with moving and inspiring text. No matter how many such things one has, he is always lusting after what he has not; never at peace, he sighs for new possessions. May we not think that the holy martyrs enjoyed this grace, in some degree at least, before they laid down their victorious bodies? May we not think that the holy martyrs enjoyed this grace, in some degree at least, before they laid down their victorious bodies? And how great was this love of His? Bernard does not claim the final state for himself, but sees it as a deifying process as our human desires flow into the will of God. And to this degree no human effort can attain: it is in God's power to give it to whom he wills. The order had been established in 1098 to restore Benedictine monasticism to a more primitive and austere state.
To love God you must understand him, for love follows knowledge. Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat, and he seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. Here are my two favorites: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee Jesus, the very thought of Thee With sweetness fills my breast; But sweeter far Thy face to see And in Thy presence rest. But as for the righteous man, it is not so with him. Man must seek in his higher nature for the highest gifts, which are dignity, knowledge and virtue. So, all the more, one who loves God truly asks no other recompense than God himself; for if he should demand anything else it would be the prize that he loved and not God.
The text below is part of the first chapter of his classic, On Loving God. Love is an affection of the soul, not a contract: it cannot rise from a mere agreement, nor is it so to be gained. No wonder that the body shall seem to add fresh glory to the spirit; for though it is weak and mortal, it has availed not a little for mutual help. . Those who yet groan in the body are dear to him, according to the love that they have; those released from the bonds of flesh are dearer because they have become readier and abler to love than hitherto.
To love our neighbor's welfare as much as our own: that is true and sincere charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned 1 Timothy 1:5. And nowhere is there any final satisfaction, because nothing there can be defined as absolutely the best or highest. But the love for God has not quite matured past that. Of the law of the love of sons 15. It is the love of God for our benefits. Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood; Thou savest those that on Thee call; To them that seek Thee, Thou art good, To them that find Thee, All in All! But if we are to love our neighbors as we should, we must not forget God, for it is only in God that we can pay that debt of love properly.