Category Archives: Jean Leclercq

Art & Spiritual Writing

The criterion of the true mystic, the proof that, even though he is a literary man, he is inspired, is his detachment.  If he is detached from himself, he can have no complacency for what he writes.  But if one

Art & Spiritual Writing

The criterion of the true mystic, the proof that, even though he is a literary man, he is inspired, is his detachment.  If he is detached from himself, he can have no complacency for what he writes.  But if one

Ecclesiology & Eschatology

In the same way, the monastic authors’ emphasis on frequent confession followed by absolution comes from an absolute faith in the sacrament which anticipates God’s judgment.  In the numerous texts where Cistercian and other authors recommend confession and define the

Ecclesiology & Eschatology

In the same way, the monastic authors’ emphasis on frequent confession followed by absolution comes from an absolute faith in the sacrament which anticipates God’s judgment.  In the numerous texts where Cistercian and other authors recommend confession and define the

Monks and Nature

When St. Bernard speaks of the “book of Nature” and of all that can be learned “under the shade of the trees,” he is not thinking of the beauty of the surroundings but of the labor that the preparation of

Monks and Nature

When St. Bernard speaks of the “book of Nature” and of all that can be learned “under the shade of the trees,” he is not thinking of the beauty of the surroundings but of the labor that the preparation of

Philosophia in Maria

This term, meaning the practical discernment of the value of things and of the vanity of the world which must be renounced, is applied to those whose whole existence manifests this renunciation.  In the same way, in the monastic Middle

Philosophia in Maria

This term, meaning the practical discernment of the value of things and of the vanity of the world which must be renounced, is applied to those whose whole existence manifests this renunciation.  In the same way, in the monastic Middle

Love without Seeing

When the Lord had disappeared in the cloud of His glory, the Apostles kept their eyes raised to Heaven.  Two angels came to tell them that they would not see Him again until such time as He would return.  Soon

Love without Seeing

When the Lord had disappeared in the cloud of His glory, the Apostles kept their eyes raised to Heaven.  Two angels came to tell them that they would not see Him again until such time as He would return.  Soon

Voices of the Pages

With regard to literature, a fundamental observation must be made here; in the Middle Ages, as in antiquity, they read usually, not as today, principally with the eyes, but with the lips, pronouncing what they saw, and with the ears,

Voices of the Pages

With regard to literature, a fundamental observation must be made here; in the Middle Ages, as in antiquity, they read usually, not as today, principally with the eyes, but with the lips, pronouncing what they saw, and with the ears,

Thinking & Practice

In secular usage, meditari means, in a general way, to think, to reflect, as does cogitare or considerare; but more than these, it often implies an affinity with the practical or even moral order.  It implies thinking of a thing with the intent

Thinking & Practice

In secular usage, meditari means, in a general way, to think, to reflect, as does cogitare or considerare; but more than these, it often implies an affinity with the practical or even moral order.  It implies thinking of a thing with the intent