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Bernard of Clairvaux is likely to be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's bright 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's visible as a proponent of contemporary considering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their reports of modern scholarship permit the reader to make a extra balanced review of the fellow, his writings, and his influence on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up turning into a saint with an attract nearly all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this present day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of which means in his writings.
Contributors contain Christopher Holdsworth, Michael Casey, James France, Diane Reilly, John Sommerfeldt, Mette B. Bruun, Burcht Pranger, Chrysogonus Waddell, E. Rozanne Elder, and Brian Patrick McGui.

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Some readers will perhaps be surprised that the article speaks as much of Thomas Merton as it does of Saint Bernard, but Chrysogonus as a young novice found his way to Bernard through the instruction of Father Louis, as he always called the man we know as Merton. So what does Chrysogonus tell us? “. . ” For more than 50 years Chrysogonus lived the Cistercian tradition and shared it with others, both monastic and lay. ” I hope he is right. Our collection ends with another scholar who looks forward to what comes after, John R.

William provides very little sense of Bernard’s contribution to the development of the Cistercian Order. 67 Bernard’s point of departure is the Rule of Saint Benedict and its description of the steps of humility. Bernard added corresponding steps of pride and provided for his monks what later monastic generations have considered to be a very believable and likely description of jealousies and egotism in a community: “The monk that has come down the two steps of curiosity and levity of mind will find much to upset him.

See the prologue, col. 469: “. . nos ex eadem narratione nonnulla omittentes . . breviori perstringimus schedula . . ” Bredero dates the composition to between 1167 and 1170. See “Etudes” (note 3 above), p. 139, n. 9. 9 PL 185:531–50. An initial letter to Herbert, archbishop of Sardinia (col. 533–34), places the work sometime after 1180. 20 brian patrick mcguire his monks that if Judas had taken the Cistercian habit, he would have been saved. 11 It was especially the achievement of Leclercq, Benedictine monk of Clervaux abbey in Luxembourg, to scour the libraries not only of Europe but also of North America, in pursuit of manuscripts containing the works of Bernard.

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