Bernard of Clairvaux might be the main debatable determine of Western Europe's brilliant 12th century. not like Abelard, who's noticeable as a proponent of contemporary considering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their experiences of modern scholarship permit the reader to make a extra balanced review of the guy, his writings, and his influence on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up turning into a saint with an attract almost all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of which means in his writings.
Contributors contain Christopher Holdsworth, Michael Casey, James France, Diane Reilly, John Sommerfeldt, Mette B. Bruun, Burcht Pranger, Chrysogonus Waddell, E. Rozanne Elder, and Brian Patrick McGui.
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61 It would be wrong to conclude on the basis of a single passage, but his almost unlimited energy at times seems to be followed by deep pessimism about his own efforts. Certainly he was pushing himself to the limit and trying to live up to the Pauline challenge of being all things to all people in order to save all (1 Cor. 9:22). 58 Conrad of Eberbach, Exordium magnum Cisterciense, sive, Narratio de initio Cisterciensis Ordinis, ed. Bruno Griesser (Rome, 1961), distinctio I, cap. 23, p. 82. Here Bernard’s forgetfulness is called negligentia.
45 Dinzelbacher, Bernhard von Clairvaux (note 19 above), p. 14. 46 The decisive moment may have come in a church on Bernard’s way to join his brothers in their siege of the castle of Grancey. This moment of conversion is the stuff of hagiography, but Aleth’s continuing influence on Bernard seems more than likely. ”47 The eldest brother Guy was hindered by marriage and baby daughters, but Bernard asked God to make Guy’s wife ill after she refused to let her husband have his freedom to join the others.
This translation has an excellent introduction by Chrysogonus Waddell. 16, trans. p. 28; SBO 4, p. 34. 82 McGuire, Jean Gerson and the Last Medieval Reformation (University Park, Pennsylvania, 2005), pp. 235–239. 83 Holdsworth, “The Early Writings” (note 67 above), p. 31. ”86 Before moving out into the secular Church, however, Bernard committed himself to the monastic one, and here it was William himself who seemed to convince him to get involved. ”88 But Bernard, like the other early founders of the Cistercian Order, yearned back to a better time: “when the monastic Order began, who would have dreamed that monks could become so slack?
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