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May 4: The nail that pierced has become the key to unlock the door: II.

The nail that pierced has become the key to unlock the door: II.

St. Bernard

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May 3: The nail that pierced has become the key to unlock the door: I.

The nail that pierced has become the key to unlock the door: I.

St. Bernard

This beautiful sentence from St. Bernard has been a source of hope for me for many years.  401 more words

Daily Reflections

Bernard wrote to queens and princesses: he never applies to Mary the idea he had of their power, which was, in fact, very limited, except in instances of regency or of a queen with a strong personality exercising personal influence over the king.

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It is in this specific sense that Bernard calls the Virgin Mary our advocate. The title suits her in the first place because we are exiles here below: ‘We have no lasting city but we are searching for that place where blessed Mary arrived today’ by her assumption into heaven.

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OUR MEDIATRIX: Mary has a double right to this title. First because she is the means, the path, by which Christ was given and born to us.

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The theme of the necessity of the feminine in the work of salvation recurs in one of the final sermons on the Song of Songs. Throughout his earthly life Jesus took pleasure in the company of Martha and Mary.

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That is it necessary for a woman to share in the work of salvation was one of Bernard’s firm convictions. We come across it again in his Sermon for the Sunday within the Octave of the Assumption.

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