Wisdom from Bernard of Clairvaux
In this collection of selections from his sermons on the Song of Songs, Saint Bernard reflects on the Biblical allegory of spiritual marriage between God, the Bridegroom, and our soul, the Bride.
Through this interpretation, he awakens us to God's tender embrace and God's desire to have his affection reciprocated. By showing us how to incorporate our yearning for God into our life, he reveals how we can deepen our relationship with God and fulfill our fundamental longings for authentic love and intimacy.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) played a leading role in the reform and rapid expansion of monasticism in his time. Preaching in an age smitten by the idea of "courtly love," Bernard's compelling interpretation of the spiritual life awakened people to the only relationship that ultimately satisfies: our relationship with God.
From the Foreword: "One not need to be a monk or nun to benefit from Saint Bernard's teaching on intimacy with God. All people are called to know firsthand the depth of God's love. We are all called to assume our role as the Bride of Christ and enter periodically into our Beloved's bridal chamber. The contemplative experience of being "rapt in love's bliss" is not the occupation of monks and nuns alone; it is the basic vocation of every human being.
"Wherever we may find ourselves along life's journey, God beckons us to himself so he may lavish upon us our hearts' deepest longing." - Ephrem Arcement, OSB
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