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Thought for the Day – 21 August – I love because I love, I love that I may love

Thought for the Day – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

I love because I love, I love that I may love

Saint Bernard
Abbot and Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from Sermon 83

Love is sufficient of itself, it gives pleasure by itself and because of itself.   It is its own merit, its own reward.   Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself.   Its profit lies in its practice.   I love because I love, I love that I may love.   Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it.   Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return, however unequal, though it be.   For when God loves, all He desires is to be loved in return, the sole purpose of His love is to be loved, in the knowledge that those who love Him are made happy by their love of Him.

The Bridegroom’s love, or rather the love which is the Bridegroom, asks in return nothing but faithful love.   Let the beloved, then, love in return.   Should not a bride love, and above all, Love’s bride?   Could it be that Love not be loved?

Rightly then does she give up all other feelings and give herself wholly to love alone, in giving love back, all she can do is to respond to love.   And when she has poured out her whole being in love, what is that in comparison with the unceasing torrent of that original source?   Clearly, lover and Love, soul and Word, bride and Bridegroom, creature and Creator, do not flow with the same volume, one might as well equate a thirsty man with the fountain.clearly lover and Love - st bernard - 20 aug 2019

What then of the bride’s hope, her aching desire, her passionate love, her confident assurance?   Is all this to wilt just because she cannot match stride for stride with her giant, any more than she can vie with honey for sweetness, rival the lamb for gentleness, show herself as white as the lily, burn as bright as the sun, be equal in love with Him who is Love?   No.   It is true that the creature loves less because she is less.   But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given.   To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond, she cannot love so much and not be totally loved and it is in the perfect union of two hearts that complete and total marriage consists.   Or are we to doubt that the soul is loved by the Word first and with a greater love?

St Bernard, Pray for Us!st-bernard-pray-for-us-20 aug 2017


Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – St Bernard

Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

“The measure of love
is love without measure.”the-measure-of-love-is-love-without-measure-st-bernard-20-aug-2018 and 2019 (1)

“Action and contemplation are very close companions;
they live together in one house on equal terms.
Martha and Mary are sisters.”action-and-contemplation-st-bernard-20 aug 2017 and 2019

“The three most important virtues are:
and humility.”the-three-most-important-virtues-st-bernard-20-aug-2018 and 2019

“If the hurricanes of temptation rise against you,
or you are running upon the rocks of trouble,
look to the star – call on Mary!”if-the-hurricanes-of-temptation-st-bernard-5-may-2018 and 2019

“Let us not imagine that we obscure
the glory of the Son by the great praise
we lavish on the Mother –
for the more she is honoured,
the greater is the glory of her Son.
There can be no doubt that whatever we say
in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

Doctor of the Churchlet us not imaine that the praise - st bernard - 20 aug 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 21 August – “..we are illuminated and made shining by the light…”

One Minute Reflection – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:23–30 and the Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life...Matthew 19:29and-everyone-who-has-left-matthew-19-29-21-aug-2018

REFLECTION – “Abraham became “the friend of God” (Jam 2,23) because he freely and generously followed the Word of God, his call.   It was not due to any lack on His part that God’s Word gained Abraham’s friendship.   He is perfect from the beginning; “Before Abraham was, I am” (Jn 5,58).   But it was that He, who is good, might give Abraham eternal life… Likewise, in the beginning, it was not because He had any need of man that God formed Adam but that He might have someone on whom to bestow His blessings.

Still less was it because He needed our service that He commanded us to follow Him but to win salvation for us.   For to follow our Saviour is to have a share in His salvation, just as following the light is to participate in the light.   When we stand in the light it is not we who illumine the light and cause it to shine but we are illuminated and made shining by the light…  God grants His blessings on those who serve Him because they are serving Him and on those who follow Him because they are following Him but He receives no blessing from them because He is perfect and without need.

If God asks for our service it is that He who is good and merciful might bestow His blessings on those who persevere in His service.   Because, if God has no need of anything, yet we have need of communion with God.   The glory of man is to persevere in the service of God.   That is why our Lord said to His disciples:  “You did not choose me, it was I who chose you” (Jn 15,16), thus indicating that… for having followed the Son of God they had been glorified by Him:  “Father, I will that where I am they also may be, that they may see my glory” (Jn 17,24). … St Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.208) Bishop, theologian and Martyr – Against the heresies, IV, 14,1 ; SC 100when we stand in the light - st irenaeus 20 aug 2019.jpg

PRAYER – All-knowing God, let me be able to stand in Your presence with a good conscience.   Help me to avoid anything that would sully my conscience and do all I can to remain united with You  . You made St Bernard burn with zeal for Your house and gave him the grace to enkindle and enlighten others in Your Church.   Grant that by his prayer, we may be filled with the same spirit and always live as children of the Light. Through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen. st bernard pray for us 2

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Our Morning Offering – 20 August – High and Holy God

Our Morning Offering – 20 August – The Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

High and Holy God
By St Bernard

High and Holy God,
give me this day a word of truth
to silence the lies
that would devour my soul
and kind encouragements
to strengthen me when I fall.
Gracious One,
I come quietly to Your door
needing to receive from Your hands
the nourishment that gives life.
Amen and Amenhigh and holy god by st bernard of clairvaux 20 aug 2019.jpg


Saint of the Day – 20 August – Saint Philibert of Jumièges (c 608–684)

Saint of the Day – 20 August – Saint Philibert of Jumièges (c. 608–684) was an Abbot and Monastic Founder, particularly of Jumièges Abbey.   Born in c 608 in Gascony, France and died in 684 on the island of Héri, France of natural causes.HEADER verriere_de_st_philbert_eglise_de_la_gueriniere__095077900_1555_04022013.jpg

He was born in Gascony as the only son of a Vic or Vic-Jour (now Vic-Fezensac) based courtier of Dagobert I and was educated by Saint Ouen.   He later entered the monastery of Rebais as a monk and was promoted to abbot but his inexperience was too great for the position.   He left and spent some time travelling round monasteries studying their Rules and constitutions.

In 654, Philibert received a gift of land from Clovis II on which he founded Jumièges Abbey.  st philibert frenchHe drew up a Rule based on his studies for this and for his later foundations, drawing on several earlier Rules, including those of Benedict, Macarius, Basil the Great and particularly the strict rule of Columbanus.   The monks’ chief work was the reclaiming of waste lands.

St Philibert overseeing the construction of one of 
his monasteries – Guérinière church

For a time Philibert lost the favour of Ouen and the royal family and was exiled.   He withdrew to Poitiers and near Heriou founded the monastery of Noirmoutier, whereupon Ansoald, bishop of Poitiers, put his own foundation of Luçon Abbey under Philibert’s charge as well.   When he regained the favour of his patrons, he founded other houses, including the monastery of Cunaut and the nunnery at Pavilly.

Jumièges Abbey
Jumièges Abbey, as painted by John Sell Cotman in 1818

Philibert died and was buried at Heriou but in 836 the monks of Noirmoutier abandoned their home in the face of the Viking attacks to seek refuge on the mainland, in 875 finally settling with the relics of Philibert in the abbey at Tournus named in his honour, where the great church of St Philibert at Tournus still stands.

St Philibert’s Relics
St Philibert’s Tomb

The filbert, or hazelnut, is said to have been named after him, since it ripens about 20 August in England, on his feast day the first fruits appear.st_philbert__cathedrale_de_lucon__060572100_1555_04022013

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 August

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church “Doctor of Light” (Memorial)
St Bernard’s Story:

St Amadour the Hermit
St Bernard of Valdeiglesius

St Bernardo Tolomei (1272 – 1348)
Biography here:
Apologies for the date mix-up. His Memorial in the universal Church is actually today 20 August.

St Brogan
St Burchard of Worms
St Christopher of Cordoba
St Cristòfol Baqués Almirall
St Edbert of Northumbria
Bl Georg Hafner
Bl Gervais-Protais Brunel
St Gobert of Apremont
St Haduin of Le Mans
St Heliodorus of Persia
St Herbert Hoscam
St Leovigild of Cordoba
Bl Louis-François Lebrun
St Lucius of Cyprus
Bl Maria de Mattias ASC (1805-1866)

St Maximus of Chinon
St Oswine of Deira
St Philibert of Jumièges (c 608–684)
St Porphyrius of Palestrina
St Ronald of Orkney
St Samuel the Patriarch
Bl Wladyslaw Maczkowski
St Zacchaeus the Publican

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Enrique Rodríguez Tortosa
Francesc Llagostera Bonet
Ismael Barrio Marquilla
José Tapia Díaz
Magí Albaigés Escoda
Manuel López Álvarez
María Climent Mateu
Serapio Sanz Iranzo
Tomás Campo Marín