Letters of Ascent: Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux
By: Michael C. Voigts (author), Bernard (author)Paperback
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Bernard of Clairvaux is best known by many today for his mystical approach to spirituality and his eloquent sermons on the Song of Songs. In his letters, however, a different Bernard emerges - one who had fled the world for the cloister yet possessed a soaring vision for the Church on earth. By examining select letters and placing them in the larger context of the people and the world around him, we discover a man who loved the Church - but who realized that the Church is compromised of individuals who did not share his ideals and agendas. In Letters of Ascent, we travel to medieval Europe and view society through the eyes of one of history's most passionate ecclesiastical reformers.
Michael C. Voigts is an Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. He holds a PhD from Brunel University/London School of Theology in the area of Historical Theology.
Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Bernard in the Twelfth-Century World Chapter 2: Bernard and the Direction of Souls Chapter 3: An Introduction to the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux Chapter 4: Bernard's Letters to Monks Chapter 5: Bernard's Letters to Abbots Chapter 6: Bernard's Letters to Bishops Chapter 7: Bernard's Letters to Popes Chapter 8: Bernard's Letters to Laity Chapter 9: Bernard's Letters as a Methodology for Twelfth-Century Ecclesiastical Reform Abbreviations for the Works of Bernard of Clairvaux Bibliography
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