St Bernard on Capax Dei

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St Bernard on Capax Dei “As I have said, the soul’s greatness is measured by its capacity. What hope of salvation could there be for one who had no capacity for receiving it?” (Sermon #80, Song of Songs, p.149). In these words St. Bernard is giving us a very profound insight into the nature of the human person created by God. Do we realize all that is being said here? The measure of the soul’s greatness is its capacity to receive: to receive salvation, to receive grace, to receive God’s love.

August 25, 2013 Read More

Everyday Abba Poeman made a new beginning

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Everyday Abba Poeman Made a New BeginningSince the feast of St. Bernard is very soon, I was reading his sermon #74 On the Song of Songs IV.  As I was reading this sermon I was reminded of a pithy desert story: “It is said of Abba Poeman that every day he made a new beginning.”   I pondered what does this story say about Abba Poeman’s stance towards life, his relation to God?  And perhaps most important: his understanding of who God is and how God comes to him.  Anyway we shall

August 11, 2013 Read More
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