I am beginning a new series of blogposts on Great Prayers of the Church. This will not be continuous… but as I encounter some of the greatest prayers of the church, or ones that really impact me, I want to post them in order to increase the knowledge and appreciation of our Ancient Faith.
Here is one I have prayed many times – written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux… a man whose piety I deeply respect even if his zeal with the crusades I do not.
Father, grant us [followers of Jesus] the wisdom to learn from Christ how to love Christ. Teach us a love that is tender, wise, strong; to love with tenderness, not passion; wisdom, not foolishness; and strength, lest we become weary and turn away from the love of the Lord…
Let our love be strong and constant, neither yielding to fear nor cowering at hard work. Let us love affectionately, discreetly, and intensely. We know that love of the heart is sweet indeed, but liable to be led away if it lacks the love of the soul. Amen.