St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Feast of the Holy Name

January 1 is the Feast of the Holy Name. St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote the following about the Holy Name of Jesus: The sweet Name of Jesus produces in us holy thoughts, fills the soul with noble sentiments, strengthens virtue, begets good works, and nourishes pure affections. All spiritual food leaves the soul dry, if it contain not that penetrating oil, the Name Jesus. When … Continue reading St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Feast of the Holy Name

Waiting for Mary’s Answer

This year the Fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on Gabriel’s annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The following is from St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153): You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return … Continue reading Waiting for Mary’s Answer

Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“Let your goodness Lord appear to us, that we, made in your image, may conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power, and wonder nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens through the clouds to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all … Continue reading Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux