11.06.2009

Saint Bernard's Joy


Only Jesus is "joy to the heart," says Benedict XVI, citing words from St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The Pope offered a reflection on the 12th-century saint, highlighting the abbot's personal relationship with Christ. "Only Jesus -- insists Bernard in face of the complex dialectical reasoning of his time -- only Jesus is 'honey to the mouth, song to the ear, joy to the heart,'" the Holy Father said. He recalled another line from the abbot: "'When you discuss or speak, nothing has flavor for me, if I have not heard resound the name of Jesus.'"