Does Society Need a St. Bernard?

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

You all knowrepparttar big dogs that carry rum to save Swiss or alpine skiers caught in a storm or some other trouble. That is notrepparttar 136663 St. Bernard I am contemplating but you might think this St. Bernard to be an even bigger dog once you get to know him.

“The intellectual and institutional evolution of these reform movements duringrepparttar 136664 almost exactly one thousand years between Benedict of Nursia (who foundedrepparttar 136665 monastery of Monte Cassino in about 529) and Martin Luther (who enteredrepparttar 136666 monastery ofrepparttar 136667 Augustinian Hermits at Erfurt in 1505) is a story of inestimable importance forrepparttar 136668 history of Europe and ofrepparttar 136669 world. (13) Over and over, it wasrepparttar 136670 primitive model of Christ as Monk, and ofrepparttar 136671 monk asrepparttar 136672 imitator ofrepparttar 136673 model, that animated these reform movements. There is in some ways a depressing repetition of pattern, as each monastic reform in its turn protests against decline and stagnation inrepparttar 136674 monasteries, sets up new administrative and disciplinary structures to reverserepparttar 136675 downward trend, prevails for a century or two, and then proves itself vulnerable torepparttar 136676 same tendencies of stagnation and decline. Benedict of Aniane inrepparttar 136677 Carolingian period; Odo of Cluny andrepparttar 136678 Cluniac reform movement a century or so later; about a century after thatrepparttar 136679 monastic reformation that began at Citeaux, which throughrepparttar 136680 powerful life and Christocentric thought of Saint Bernard spreadrepparttar 136681 Cistercian message throughout Europe; thenrepparttar 136682 friars ofrepparttar 136683 twelfth and thirteenth centuries in their new dedication torepparttar 136684 renewal; and, in reaction torepparttar 136685 Protestant Reformation and underrepparttar 136686 inspiration of an intensified Christ-mysticism in sixteenth-century Spain,repparttar 136687 Society of Jesus.” (14)

This Small Place We Call Home

Written by DD Phil

Things have really happened in times past. Consider Adam and Eve, our first parents. After God created them, he saw that they were good and perfect in his sight. And God made a garden for them live on. And leftrepparttar tree of knowledge of good and evil inrepparttar 136622 midst ofrepparttar 136623 garden which he forbade them to eat. Who will question his authority? But I ponder these questions in my heart: Didn’t God know that Satan would come insiderepparttar 136624 garden someday to deceiverepparttar 136625 couple? Or didn’t God know that man would fall some day?

But Satanrepparttar 136626 “serpent” deceived them to eatrepparttar 136627 forbidden fruit. And because they both ate, God drove them out ofrepparttar 136628 Garden of Eden—the place they called home.

Man began to multiply, as God wanted it. But it grieved God that he created man, when he saw that man’s wickedness was great onrepparttar 136629 earth and his thought was evil allrepparttar 136630 time. And God decided to destroyrepparttar 136631 earth with water. Only Noah found favor from God, because he was righteous. And after that, God blessed man to be fruitful and multiply. Was it for another destruction? Or so that man would not live to enjoy his days?

I will not make mention of Sodom and Gomorrah—cities that God destroyed with fire. Because not even ten righteous men were found there. This small place we call home would still be destroyed. Whatrepparttar 136632 earth has never experienced in time past would suddenly befall it. How terrible it will be on that day! And I don’t pray to experience it. That will be God’s final judgment on this world—a place we call home. A place where bothrepparttar 136633 young andrepparttar 136634 old will go to have their shelter afterrepparttar 136635 day’s work. And our final resting place. Should we then call God,repparttar 136636 creator, a destroyer and a killer of man’s joy? He creates and destroys. What should we now call him? Name it!

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