On Loving God

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 1153)

On Loving God is one of the best-known and most influential works of Medieval Christian mysticism. Written at the request of one of the cardinals of Rome, it describes the four “levels” of love for God, and puts Christian devotion in the context of God’s love for mankind. Summary by Kirsten Ferreri.

Genre(s): Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Why we should love God, and the measure of that love Kirsten Ferreri
Play 02 On loving God. How much God deserves love from man in recognition of His gifts, both material and spiritual: and how these gifts should be cherished without neglect of the Giver Kirsten Ferreri
Play 03 What greater incentives Christians have, more than the heathen, to love God Kirsten Ferreri
Play 04 Of those who find comfort in there collection of God, or are fittest for His love Kirsten Ferreri
Play 05 Of the Christian's debt of love, how great it is Kirsten Ferreri
Play 06 A brief summary Kirsten Ferreri
Play 07 Of love toward God not without reward: and how the hunger of man's heart cannot be satisfied with earthly things Kirsten Ferreri
Play 08 Of the first degree of love: wherein man loves God for self's sake Kirsten Ferreri
Play 09 Of the second and third degrees of love Kirsten Ferreri
Play 10 Of the fourth degree of love: wherein man does not even love self save for God's sake Kirsten Ferreri
Play 11 Of the attainment of this perfection of love only at the resurrection Kirsten Ferreri
Play 12 Of love: out of a letter to the Carthusians Kirsten Ferreri
Play 13 Of the law of self-will and desire, of slaves and hirelings Kirsten Ferreri
Play 14 Of the law of the love of sons Kirsten Ferreri
Play 15 Of the four degrees of love, and of the blessed state of the heavenly fatherland Kirsten Ferreri