On the Love of God and Other Selected Writings by St Bernard of Clairvaux
“Mary's Troubadour” is the way most people remember St. Bernard of Clairvaux, so refined was his tremendous devotion to the Mother of God. On the eighth centenary of his death, Pope Pius XII dubbed him the “Mellifluous Doctor,” thus paying tribute to the sweet accents of his flowing prose. This “Last of the Fathers of the Church” has never ceased to inspire his readers with a deeper love of the Lord. His pursuit of charity, his zeal for the purity of the monastic lifestyle, his fidelity to the Faith, and his promotion of contemplative prayer have endeared him to generations of the faithful down through the ages. In this collection of his writings, emphasis has been placed on abridging his better-known works and letters with the hope that, as a sampler, more people may be inspired to read them in their entirely. This book will serve as an introduction to a great saint whose message is, if anything, more timely today than it ever was.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux was born of noble Burgundian parents near Dijon, France, in 1090. By the time he died on August 20, 1153, he had become one of the most compelling figures in both Church and State in the 12th century. He joined the fledgling Cistercian Order in 1111 under the founders, St. Robert, St. Alberic and St. Stephen Harding, and went on to found a daughter abbey at Clairvaux three years later. For almost forty years thereafter he was prominent in every action that swept civilized Europe, including the Crusades. When he died at the age of 63, he left a legacy of sermons, letters and commentaries on Sacred Scripture for which he is justly praised to this day.