Monday, August 20, 2018

Bernard of Clairvaux: faith

Monday, August 20, 2018
    Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
    Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    —Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
    Faith is not an opinion, but a certitude. “The substance of things hoped for,” says the Apostle—not the phantasies of empty conjecture. You hear the substance. You may not dispute on the faith as you please; you may not wander here and there through the wastes of opinion, the byways of error. By the name, “substance,” something certain and fixed is placed before you; you are enclosed between boundaries, you are restrained within unchanging limits.
    ... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), iv.9, Treatise on the Errors of Abeilard [1139], in Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, James Hastings, New York: Scribners, 1908, p. 16, article on Abeilard (see the book)
    See also Heb. 11:1; 2 Cor. 4:18; Gal. 5:6; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 10:22; 11:13; 1 Pet. 1:7; 2 Pet. 1:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have demonstrated Your truth forever.
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