Wednesday, December 29, 2010

St. Bernard on the epiphany of the humanity

from the moment God's humanity becomes known, from that moment [his] benignity cannot remain obscure.

"Ubi . . . Dei innotescit humanitas, iam benignitas latere non potest."

     St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 1 on the Epiphany.  Bernhard von Clairvaux:  Sämtliche Werke, lateinisch-deutsch 7, p. 322, ll. 5-6; PL 183, col. 143A.  Office of readings for 29 December, Liturgy of the hours, vol. 1, p. 447:  "God's Son came in the flesh so that mortal men could see and recognize God's kindness.  When God reveals his humanity, his goodness cannot possibly remain hidden.  To show his kindness [(benignitatem suam)], what more could he do beyond taking my human form?"

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