The Spirit and the Flesh

September 1955
New Republic;9/12/55, Vol. 133 Issue 11, p19
The article discusses the book "The Mystical Theology of St. Bernard," by Etienne Gilson. Bernard of Clairvaux, a monk, of noble birth, and well educated, was 22 when he rode up to the gate of the newly reformed, very austere abbey of Citeaux on October 22, 1112, with four of his brothers and 25 of his friends, and asked admittance. The author explains that the common will is simply charity, and it is called common, because "the chief characteristic of charity lies in an eagerness to share with others the good things it enjoys."


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