Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Bernard on the divine compassibility

"God is impassible, but not incompassible [(impassibilis est Deus, sed non incompassibilis)]. . . ."

     St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica canticorum 26.5 (S[ancti] Bernardi opera 1, Sermones super Cantica canticorum 1-35 (Rome:  Editiones Cistercienses, 1957), 173, ll. 16-17; Bernhard von Clairvaux:  Sämtliche Werke, lateinisch-deutsch 5, p. 394, ll. 16-17; PL 183, col. 906).  My source, Pope Bendict XVI, in his Jesus of Nazareth:  from the baptism in the Jordan to the transfiguration, trans. Adrian J. Walker (New York, NY:  Doubleday, 2007), renders this as follows:  "God cannot suffer, but he can 'suffer with'" (87).

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