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Bernhard von Clairvaux

Geburtstag: 1090
Todesdatum: 20. August 1153
Andere Namen:Sv. Bernard Z Clairvaux,Sv. Bernard,San Bernardo di Chiaravalle

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Der heilige Bernhard von Clairvaux war ein mittelalterlicher Abt, Kreuzzugsprediger und Mystiker. Er war einer der bedeutendsten Mönche des Zisterzienserordens, für dessen Ausbreitung über ganz Europa er verantwortlich war.

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„Reinige das Auge, damit du das reinste Licht schauen kannst.“

— Bernhard von Clairvaux
Vierte Ansprache auf den Vorabend der Geburt des Herrn

„Human reason is snatching everything to itself, leaving nothing for faith.“

— Bernard of Clairvaux
Context: The faith of simplicity is mocked, the secrets of Christ profaned, questions on the highest things are impertinently asked, the Fathers scorned because they were disposed to conciliate rather than solve such problems. Human reason is snatching everything to itself, leaving nothing for faith. It falls upon things which are beyond it... desecrates sacred things more than clarifies them. It does not unlock mysteries and symbols, but tears them asunder; it makes nought of everything to which it cannot gain access and disdains to believe all such things. Reported in Walter Nigg, The Heretics: Heresy Through the Ages (1962) (who cites Adolph Hausrath 1895 as a source)

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„Among us on the earth there is His memory; but in the Kingdom of heaven His very Presence. That Presence is the joy of those who have already attained to beatitude; the memory is the comfort of us who are still wayfarers, journeying towards the Fatherland“

— Bernard of Clairvaux
Context: Among us on the earth there is His memory; but in the Kingdom of heaven His very Presence. That Presence is the joy of those who have already attained to beatitude; the memory is the comfort of us who are still wayfarers, journeying towards the Fatherland. From, On Loving of God, Paul Halsall trans., Ch. 3

„They ridicule us for baptizing infants, praying for the dead, and asking the prayers of the saints.“

— Bernard of Clairvaux
Context: Look at those detractors. Look at those dogs. They ridicule us for baptizing infants, praying for the dead, and asking the prayers of the saints. They lose no time in cutting Christ off from all kinds of people to both sexes, young and old, living and dead. They put infants outside the sphere of grace because they are too young to receive it, and those who are full grown because they find difficulty in preserving chastity. They deprive the dead of the help of the living, and rob the living of the prayers of the saints because they have died. God forbid! The Lord will not forsake his people who are as the sands of the sea, nor will he who redeemed all be content with a few, and those heretics.... These New Heretics, Sermon 66 on The Song of Songs. [http://www.pathsoflove.com/bernard/songofsongs/sermon66.html]

„To learn in order to know is scandalous curiosity.“

— Bernard of Clairvaux
Context: To learn in order to know is scandalous curiosity. (Translation from Etienne Gilson, The Mystical Theology of St. Bernard) Then you have some people who wish to know for the sake of knowing, and that is scandalous curiosity. (Translation from J. Van Herwaarden, Between Saint James and Erasmus: Studies in Late-Medieval Religious Life) Sermones in Cantica XXXVI, Migne PL 183, col. 968-969

„My Beloved, look on me;
Turn me wholly unto Thee;
"Be thou whole," say openly:
"I forgive thee all."“

— Bernard of Clairvaux
Context: Prostrate, see Thy cross I grasp, And Thy pierced feet I clasp; Gracious Jesus, spurn me not; On me, with compassion fraught, Let Thy glances fall. Thy cross of agony, My Beloved, look on me; Turn me wholly unto Thee; "Be thou whole," say openly: "I forgive thee all." Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 398

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