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On Loving God

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

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On Loving God is one of the best-known and most influential works of Medieval Christian mysticism. Written at the request of one of the cardinals of Rome, it describes the four “levels” of love for God, and puts Christian devotion in the context of God’s love for mankind.

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Community Reviews

This was a pleasurable read. The content is direct, true and you get a sense of the writers devotion. The references to the bible verses is nice if a person wants to add to their own reading, now or at a later time. I will reread this one.

The entire slim volume is almost all Biblical quotations or references, but the language chosen to bring this out borders on the exquisite.

"You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason why he is to be loved."

Bernard's Christian approach to Plato's Ladder of Love was so helpful. On his ladder, there are only four rungs (or what he calls degrees):

1) First Degree - Man loves hims...more

“The flesh then is a good and faithful comrade for a good soul: since even when it is a burden it assists; when the help ceases, the burden ceases too; and when once more the assistance begins, there is no longer a burden. The first state is toilsome, but fruitful; the second is idle, but not mon...more

Wonderful!

According to Bernard of Clairvaux, there are four degrees of love we may experience:

Love of self - all men experience this, it is our nature

Love of God for one's own sake- coming to the end of oneself and crying out to Christ for salvation

Love of God for God's sake - what John Piper cal...more

There is so much in here to take in... so much that assists with one's understanding of the relationship between God and self. I will certainly be reading this one again! Quick and easy read for those who are trying to love God more. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us!

One of my favorites. God loved us first, we are in the debt of his love.

Bernard walks us through four degrees of loving God: from self interested love of God for own sake to loving God for God's sake and loving ourselves only in God.

Love it.

Listened to in one sitting. Can be read it on line here.

A sweet book on a sweeter topic! 'I do not promise to answer other questions you may raise. This one, as to loving God, I will deal with as He shall teach me; for it is sweetest, it can be handled most safely, and it will be most profitable....more

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