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: Some Letters Of Saint Bernard Abbot Of Clairvaux
Some Letters Of Saint Bernard Abbot Of Clairvaux
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
TO THE READER
LETTER I (circa 1120) To the Canons Regular of Horricourt
LETTER II (A.D. 1126) To the Monk Adam
LETTER III (A.D. 1131) To Bruno, Archbishop Elect of Cologne
LETTER IV To the Prior and Monks of the Grand Chartreuse
LETTER V (circa A.D. 1127) To Peter, Cardinal Deacon
LETTER VI (circa A. D. 1127) To the Same
LETTER VII (towards the end of A.D. 1127) To Matthew, the Legate
LETTER VIII (circa A.D. 1130) To Gilbert, Bishop of London, Universal Doctor
LETTER IX (circa A.D. 1135) To Ardutio (or Ardutius, Bishop Elect of Geneva
LETTER X (in the Same Year) The Same, When Bishop
LETTER XI (circa A.D. 1120) The Abbot of Saint Nicasius at Rheims
LETTER XII (A.D. 1127) To Louis, King of France
LETTER XIII (A.D. 1127) To the Same Pope, in the Name of Geoffrey, Bishop of Chartres.
LETTER XIV (circa A.D. 1129) To Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln
LETTER XV (circa A.D. 1129) To Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
LETTER XVI To Rainald, Abbot of Foigny
LETTER XVII To the Same
LETTER XVIII To the Same,
LETTER XIX (A.D. 1127) To Suger, Abbot of S. Denis
LETTER XX (circa A.D. 1130) To Guy, Abbot of Molêsmes
LETTER XXI (circa A.D. 1128) To the Abbot of S. John at Chartres
LETTER XXII (circa A.D. 1129) To Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas
Letter XXIII (circa A.D. 1130) To the Same
LETTER XXIV (circa A.D. 1126) To Oger, Regular Canon
LETTER XXV. (circa A.D. 1127) To the Same
LETTER XXVI. (circa A.D. 1127) To the Same
LETTER XXVII (circa A.D. 1127) To the Same
LETTER XXVIII (circa A.D. 1130) To the Abbots Assembled at Soissons
LETTER XXIX (A.D. 1132) To Henry, King of England
LETTER XXX (circa A.D. 1132) To Henry, Bishop of Winchester
LETTER XXXI (A.D. 1132) To the Abbot of a Certain Monastery at York, from Which the Prior Had Departed, Taking Several Religious with Him.
LETTER XXXII (A.D. 1132) To Thurstan, Archbishop of York
LETTER XXXIII (A.D. 1132) To Richard, Abbot of Fountains, and His Companions, Who Had Passed, Over to the Cistercian Order from Another.
LETTER XXXIV (circa A.D. 1130) Hildebert, Archbishop of Tours, to the Abbot Bernard.
LETTER XXXV (circa A.D. 1130) Reply of the Abbot Bernard to Hildebert, Archbishop of Tours.
LETTER XXXVI (circa A.D. 1131) To the Same Hildebert, Who Had Not Yet Acknowledged the Lord Innocent as Pope.
LETTER XXXVII (circa A.D. 1131) To Magister Geoffrey, of Loretto.
LETTER XXXVIII (circa A.D. 1135) To His Monks of Clairvaux.
LETTER XXXIX (A.D. 1137) To the Same.
LETTER XL To Thomas, Prior of Beverley
LETTER XLI To Thomas of St. Omer, After He Had Broken His Promise of Adopting a Change of Life.
LETTER XLII To the Illustrious Youth, Geoffrey de Perrone, and His Comrades.
LETTER XLIII A Consolatory Letter to the Parents of Geoffrey.
LETTER XLIV Concerning the Maccabees But to Whom Written is Unknown.
LETTER XLV (circa A.D. 1120) To a Youth Named Fulk, Who Afterwards Was Archdeacon of Langres
LETTER XLVI (circa A.D. 1125) To Guigues, the Prior, And to the Other Monks of the Grand Chartreuse
LETTER XLVII To the Brother of William, a Monk of Clairvaux.
LETTER XLVIII To Magister Walter de Chaumont.
LETTER XLIX To Romanus, Sub-Deacon of the Roman Curia.
LETTER L To Geoffrey, of Lisieux
LETTER LI To the Virgin Sophia
LETTER LII To Another Holy Virgin.
LETTER LIII To Another Holy Virgin of the Convent of S. Mary of Troyes
LETTER LIV To Ermengarde, Formerly Countess of Brittany
LETTER LV To the Same
LETTER LVI To Beatrice, a Noble and Religious Lady
LETTER LVII To the Duke and Duchess of Lorraine
LETTER LVIII To the Duchess of Lorraine
LETTER LIX To the Duchess of Burgundy
NOTE TO THE FOLLOWING TREATISE 1. The following Letter
LETTER LX (A.D. 1140) To the Same, Against Certain Heads of Abaelard's Heresies.
CHAPTER I He explains and refutes the dogmas of Abaelard respecting the Trinity.
CHAPTER II In the Trinity it is not possible to admit any disparity: but equality in every way to be predicated.
CHAPTER III The absurd doctrine of Abaelard, who attributes properly and specically the absolute and essential names to one Person, is opposed.
CHAPTER IV Abaelard had defined faith as an opinion or estimate: Bernard refutes this.
CHAPTER V He accuses Abaelard for preferring his own opinions and even fancies to the unanimous consent of the Fathers, especially where he declares that Christ did not become incarnate in order to save man from the power of the devil.
CHAPTER VI In the work of the Redemption of man, not only the mercy, but also the justice, of God is displayed.
CHAPTER VII He severely reproves Abaelard for scrutinizing rashly and impiously, and extenuating the power of, the secret things of God.
CHAPTER VIII Wherefore Christ undertook a method of setting us free so painful and laborious, when a word from Him, or an act of His will, would alone have sufficed.
CHAPTER IX That Christ came into the world, not only to instruct us, but also to free us from sin.
LETTER LXI (A.D. 1138) To Louis the Younger, King of the French.
LETTER LXII (A.D. 1139) To Pope Innocent.
LETTER LXIII (A.D. 1139) To the Same, in the Name of Godfrey, Bishop of Langres.
LETTER LXIV (A.D. 1139) To the Above-Named Falco.
LETTER XLV (circa A.D. 1140) To the Canons of Lyons, on the Conception of S. Mary.
LETTER LXVI (A.D. 1135) To the Patriarch of Jerusalem.
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