Saint Bernard of Clairvaux reminds us that love is the only way that we as creatures can fittingly respond to our Creator and make some sort of similar return, no matter how unequal it might be. “When God loves,” he says. “All that he desires is to be loved in return.” And Bernard assures us that those who love God will be made happy by loving him. Still sometimes we may have believed that selfishness would make us happy. And we have not brought joy to others because we have forgotten to love. And so we beg the Lord for his mercy.
Photographs of the Abbey in late summer by Brother Brian.