Saint Bernard

(Bernardo da Corleone)

Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard
  • Born: February 6, 1605
  • Died: January 12, 1667
  • Nationality: Greek
  • Profession: Saint

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Saint Bernardo da Corleone - born Filippo Latini - was a Roman Catholic professed religious from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was a cobbler like his father until the latter died and he became a violent-tempered soldier who was quick to challenge to a duel those who offended him or the causes he believed in. But one duel went too far and he almost killed his opponent; he fled to the Franciscans in Palermo where he experienced a radical conversion and repentance for his previous life. He became severe with himself and inflicted harsh penances on himself such as flagellation.

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A man who prides himself on being better than his fellow-men thinks it a disgrace if he does not do something more than they do, whereby his superiority may be apparent.
Charity never lacks what is her own, all that she needs for her own security. Not alone does she have it, she abounds with it. She wants this abundance for herself that she may share it with all; and she reserves enough for herself so that she disappoints nobody. For charity is perfect only when full.
Christian, learn from Christ how you ought to love Christ. Learn a love that is tender, wise, strong; love with tenderness, not passion, wisdom, not foolishness, and strength, lest you become weary and turn away from the love of the Lord. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Even the holy men who lived before the coming of Christ understood that God had in mind plans of peace for the human race. Religion & God ;War & Peace
For every benefit conferred, God is to be praised in his gifts. Otherwise when the time of judgment comes, that man will be punished as an ingrate who cannot say to God: 'Your statutes were my song in the land of exile.' Time ;Religion & God
God removes the sin of the one who makes humble confession, and thereby the devil loses the sovereignty he had gained over the human heart. Religion & God
I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind. Religion & God
I myself, however wretched I may be, have been occasionally privileged to sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and to the extent that his merciful love allowed, have embraced with all my heart, now one, now the other, of these feet. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Sorrow for sin is indeed necessary, but it should not be an endless preoccupation. You must dwell also on the glad remembrance of God's loving-kindness; otherwise, sadness will harden the heart and lead it more deeply into despair. Religion & God
The animal kingdom is destined by nature to serve, and that service is fulfilled in alleviating the temporal and physical needs of man; the animal spirit or soul is limited by time - it dies with the body. Time ;Nature
The impudence of the sinner displeases God as much as the modesty of the penitent gives him pleasure. Religion & God
Truly, love is delightful and pleasant food, supplying, as it does, rest to the weary, strength to the weak, and joy to the sorrowful. It in fact renders the yoke of truth easy and its burden light. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
We seek for truth in ourselves; in our neighbours, and in its essential nature. We find it first in ourselves by severe self scrutiny, then in our neighbours by compassionate indulgence, and, finally, in its essential nature by that direct vision which belongs to the pure in heart. Truth ;Nature
Who is there that can adequately gauge the greatness of the humility, gentleness, self-surrender, revealed by the Lord of majesty in assuming human nature, in accepting the punishment of death, the shame of the cross? Nature ;Death
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

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