Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
by St. Bernard of Clairvaux
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"The letters of great and good men give us
information about them which can be derived from no other
source," say Frank Gasquet, one of the organizers of this
book. Unlike any other literature, a letter provides us
with a window into the soul of its author; it allows us to see the
author's personal characteristics, cares, emotions, gifts, and vices. It
addition to their great historical importance, the letters of Saint
Bernard give us an indicator of St. Bernard's religious and political
influence. St. Bernard exchanged letters with men and women of many
different statures--his correspondents included monk, deacons, bishops,
abbots, kings, holy virgins, countesses, popes, dukes, and duchesses.
St. Bernard was always lively in his presentation and pleasant in his
tone, even when he was fiercely defending his faith. He frequently
incorporated biblical allusions in his writing. He also relied heavily
on the trusted teachings of St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, two of his
favorite church fathers. There is much truth and warmth to be found in
the letters of St. Bernard.
CCEL Staff Writer