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Athirst for God: Spiritual Desire in Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons on the Song of Songs

Athirst for God: Spiritual Desire in Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons on the Song of Songs

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The Bible is the monk's book. The thought and teaching of St Bernard of Clairvaux was so saturated with Scripture that the reader often cannot decide where the Bible ends and Bernard begins. From direct quotations to fine allusions, Bernard assumed that his readers were as familiar with the Bible as he was himself. It is therefore no wonder that Bernard chose a book of the Bible, the Song of Songs, as a vehicle for expressing his deepest and most personal longing for God, his striving for 'full knowledge, clear vision, a strong bond of union, a relationship which cannot be broken apart, and perfect likeness'. Michael Casey, a Cistercian monk in Australia, writes from the same tradition that formed St Bernard. His study of the background and teaching of 'the last of the Fathers' provides insights into the saint's works and gives them contemporary meaning.

Author: Michael Casey
Publisher: Cistercian Publications
Published: 01/01/1987
Pages: 390
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.14lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.91d
ISBN: 9780879072773

About the Author
Casey, Michael: -

Michael Casey, OCSO, has been a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey (Australia) since 1960. In the intervening years he has conducted many retreats and workshops on every continent (except Antarctica) and has written many articles on topics relating to monastic history and spirituality. He is also the author of many books, including The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict's Rule and Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict's Rule, both from Liturgical Press.

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