From the Writings of St. Bernard


We are not innocent before God if we punish that which we should pardon, or pardon that which we should punish.

If you would know whether you have made a good confession, ask yourself if you have resolved to abandon your sins.

As patience leads to peace, and study to science, so are humiliations the path that leads to humility.

Prayer without fervor has not sufficient strength to rise to heaven. 

"It is impossible that the Mother of God be not heard."

"It is the will of God, that all who receive from Him should pass through the hands of Mary."

Saint Bernard aptly says: "The angel announces, 'thou hast found grace before God." O supreme happiness! Mary shall always find grace. And what else could we wish? If we seek grace, let us seek it through Mary; for what she seeks, she finds. Never can she plead ineffectually." 

"Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," says St. Bernard, "is a mark of predestination." 

"Oh, how good and pleasant a thing it is to dwell in this Heart! Who, is there that does not love a heart so wounded? Who can refuse a return of love to a Heart so loving?" 

St Bernard says that the devils, who are the apes of the Divinity, make a division of their forces, so that every man may have a bad angel, even as he has a good one. 

"St. Bernard declares Mary to be omnipotent by means of her intercession; there is nothing that she cannot obtain for us. As at the court of an earthly monarch he is sure to succeed for whom the queen interests herself, so at the court of the King of kings those for whom Mary, the Queen of heaven, pleads, will not be disappointed of their desires. Thus Mary is our hope; because through her intercession we hope to procure the blessings which our poor prayers cannot obtain. Hence the saints speak of her as the dispenser of graces, for all the favors we receive from heaven come to us through her hands."

"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life" (Apoc. ii,). St. Bernard says, "To obtain salvation, a man must faithfully fulfill the good promises he has made." 

"God protects those," says St. Bernard: "who innocently fall into temptation, or who have to remain in it against their will: but not those who run wantonly into it, or who remain in it by their own consent."
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