St. Bernard of Clairvaux Treasure-trove

Christ Embracing St. Bernard, Francisco Ribalta, ARSH 1627, Museo del Prado

Since we now are specifically enjoining St. Bernard’s intercession with regards to the Bergoglian Antipapacy, here is a very small collection of quotations from St. Bernard, each one a priceless point of departure and reflection, particularly now during Lent:

“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.”

“Many of those who are humiliated are not humble. Some react to humiliation with anger, others with patience, and others with freedom. The first are culpable, the next harmless, the last just.”

“Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire… Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives.”

“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.”

“There is no greater misery than false joys.”

“If you concentrate hard on the state you are in, it would be suprising if you have time for anything else. ”

“Learn the lesson that, if you are to do the work of a prophet, what you need is not a sceptre but a hoe.”

“The more I contemplate God, the more God looks on me. The more I pray to Him, the more He thinks of me too.”

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

“To have a restful or peaceful life in God is good; to bear a life of pain in patience is better; but to have peace in the midst of pain is the best of all.”

“O wretched slaves of Mammon, you cannot glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ while you trust in treasures laid up on earth: you cannot taste and see how gracious the Lord is, while you are hungering for gold.”

“And real happiness will come, not in gratifying our desires or in gaining transient pleasures, but in accomplishing God’s will for us: even as we pray every day: “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”

And furthermore I consider that islam must be destroyed.