Christ-Mysticism of Bernard of Clairvaux

..the reason for loving God is God Himself; and the measure of love due to Him is immeasurable…

Bernard of Clairvaux, On Loving God

In the early twelfth century, there were few individuals who so completely embodied the thought and pieties of the age as Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). Having entered a monastery at twenty-two, Bernard practiced the renuncation of physical comforts - eating little, sleeping hardly at all - in order to devote himself entirely to spiritual matters. It was the love of Christ and the desire for union with the divine that animated Saint Bernard. His writings speak of "the deepest desires of the holy soul", of uniting with Jesus through our common humanity. The kiss of Jesus, a kiss of infinite suffering, a kiss of infinite compassion, enabled believers to join their humanity to that of Jesus. This kiss wed the devout to Christ and invited them into the chamber of his love, a sacred space, a bridal chamber, a place for the "imparting of joys, the revelation of secrets."
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