jump to navigation

Saint Bernard on the fleetingness of the things of the world May 6, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, religious, Saints, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
trackback

A little exegesis from St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the fleetingness of the things of the world, and our unhappiness no matter how much we possess if we fail to know, love and serve God.  From a small book called On Loving God032113

Not exactly unheard of revelations below, but helpful reminders all the same. As the world has decided to reject God and His Church more and more, people wander about lost, wondering why all this material wealth and comfort fails to satisfy them.  Duh, they were made for much better and more enduring things.  We can never be fully happy in this life, as we were designed for loving God and spending eternity with Him in Heaven, even if most fail to achieve that happy end.

It seems each generation descends more and more into impiety and lack of faith, and is thus more miserable than the one that preceded it.  Have you any idea how many young people under 25 are on powerful psychotropic medications?  It is a huge percentage, over 1/3 at last I heard.  How many young people in particular, who have never known God, find life pointless and unfulfilling?  Were people lost in such existential angst 150 years ago when wealth did not abound nearly so much but love for Jesus Christ did?

Something to consider.  St. Bernard:

Men in high places are driven by insatiable ambition to clutch at still greater prizes.  And nowhere is there any final satisfaction, because nothing there can be defined as absolutely the best or highest.  But it is natural that nothing should content a man’s desires but the very best, as he reckons it.  Is it not, then, mad folly always to be craving for things which can never quiet our longings, much less satisfy them?  No matter how many such things one has, he is always lusting after what he has not; never at peace, he sighs for new possessions. [Is this not so very true?] Discontented, he spends himself in fruitless toil, and finds only weariness in the evanescent and unreal pleasures of the world.  In his greediness, he counts all that he has clutched as nothing in comparison with what is beyond his grasp, and loses all pleasure in his actual possessions by longing after what he has not, yet covets.

…….Ah, but if you wish to attain to the consummation of all desire, so that nothing unfulfilled will be left, why weary yourself with fruitless efforts, running hither and StBernardClairvauxthither, only to die long before the goal is reached?

It is so that these impious ones wander in a circle, longing after something to gratify their yearnings, yet madly rejecting that which alone can bring them to their desired end, not by exhaustion but by attainment.  They wear themselves out in vain travail, without reaching their blessed consummation, because they delight in creatures, not in the CreatorThey want to traverse creation, trying all things one by one, rather than think of coming to Him Who is Lord of all. And if their utmost longing were realized, so that they should have all the world for their own, yet without possessing Him Who is the Author of all being, then the same law of their desires would make them contemn what they had and restlessly seek Him Whom they still lacked, that is, God Himself.  Rest is in Him alone.

Man knows no peace in the world; but he has no disturbance when he is with God.  And so the soul says with confidence, ‘Whom have I in Heaven but Thee; and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of Thee.  God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  It is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God (Ps lxxiii:25)……….

……….A small thing that the righteous have is better than great riches of the ungodly (Ps xxxvii:16).

————End Quote————–

That’s all, but I thought it pretty good.  Thank you, St. Bernard, and thank you still more, Lord, for so inspiring him.

Francisco_Ribalta_-_Christ_Embracing_St_Bernard_-_WGA19350

Comments

1. Brian E. Breslin - May 6, 2016

Great job, Tantum, on picking Bernard for your Friday blog, because this can easily serve as your flightline Friday theme since Bernard’s writings always make us soar way beyond ourselves. Excellent!

2. Baseballmom - May 7, 2016

Amen. Beautiful.

3. Margaret Costello - May 7, 2016

Wise words:+) And yes, so many are on the psychotropic drugs now…which basically chemically lobotomize you and cause damage to the brain, liver, thyroid/adrenals and gut. The answer to depression, mania, panic etc. is to get to the either physical or spiritual root of it and heal it up. Physical causes range from gut issues (bacterial dysbiosis, fungal infections, leaky gut, parasites, SIBO) to vitamin/mineral deficiencies, allergies, insulin resistance/sugar levels, PCOS/hormone issues, heavy metals, or genetic issues. Spiritually it may be swallowing a lie, trauma or not knowing, loving, serving Our Lord:+) Sadly the psych drugs are neurotoxic chemicals that put a bandaid on a bullet hole and make things infinitely worse over time. And all those school and mass shootings? Yeah…a side of effect of anti-depressants is homicidal ideation…not to mention suicidal ideation. The sooner these drugs are scrapped, people safely tapered off and given what they truly need the better our culture will become:+) Oh, and I’ve read that the 1/3 number is actually for the entire population. Explains why Obama was elected:+) God bless~

skeinster - May 9, 2016

Agree that they can be over-used, but

our daughter relies on a psychotropic drug that alleviates her anxiety so that she can leave the house and participate in ordinary daily activities.

She doesn’t have any of your list of physical causes, but suffered a traumatic head injury in an auto accident that damaged that part of her brain..
It may eventually heal, or it may not.

In the meantime, we are grateful that her drugs let her get on with her life.


Sorry comments are closed for this entry

%d bloggers like this: