Thursday, August 20, 2009
St.Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
"Both grace and truth are found in the Bridegroom. 'Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ' (Jn 1:17), says John the Baptist. If the Lord Jesus knocks at my door with one but not the other--for he is the Word of God, the soul's Bridegroom--he will enter not as a Bridegroom but as a judge. Perish the thought! 'Do not enter into judgment with your servant' (Ps 142:2). Let him enter as a bringer of peace, joyous and glad; but may he come grave and adult, too, to purify my joy and restrain my overconfidence with the stern face of truth. Let him enter as one . . . deigning to become the Bridegroom of the soul that seeks him and to be known as such (Lam 3:25), he who is God, blessed above all forever (Rom 9:5)."
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153 (Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works, Sermon 74, p. 258)