“He gave me Himself”

In the first creation, He gave me myself; but in His new creation He gave me Himself, and by that gift restored to me the self that I had lost.  Created first and then restored, I owe Him myself twice over in return for myself.  But what have I to offer Him for the gift of Himself?  Could I multiply myself a thousand-fold and then give Him all, what would that be in comparison with God?

–Bernard of Clairvaux (from On Loving God)

2 Responses

  1. Not for nothing has St Bernard been called “the last of the Fathers.”

  2. Thank you for introducing me to the genuinely new experience of agreeing with one of your posts, Bonald.

    For some reason, it reminded me of the “Praise to the holiest” passage in Newman’s “Dream of Gerontius”.

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