Quote/s of the Day – 12 January – The Memorial of St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) “St Bernard of the North”
“If Saul, who “breathed murderous threats
against the disciples of the Lord” …
was the object of such mercy …
that he was “caught up to the third heaven,
whether in the body or out of the body,”
it is not surprising,
that the holy Mother of God –
who stayed beside her Son
through all the trials He endured,
from His cradle onwards –
should have been lifted up to Heaven,
even in her body
and exalted high above the Choirs of Angels.”
“Charity may be
a very short word
but with its tremendous
meaning of pure love,
it sums up man’s
entire relation to God
and to his neighbour.”
“Faith is not even a virtue,
unless it is expressed by love;
nor is hope,
unless it loves what it hopes for.
And if we look more closely,
do we not see,
that temperance is only love,
that no pleasure can seduce?
that prudence, is only love,
that no error can mislead;
that fortitude is only love,
courageously enduring adversity
and that justice, is only impartial love.
mitigating the injustices of this life?
Charity, therefore, begins with faith,
is exercised through the other virtues
but achieves perfection in itself.”
St Aelred of Rievaulx O. Cist. (1110-1167)
“St Bernard of the North”
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