a bit monkish.
"I would like to know what he meant by coming to us, and why we did not instead go to him. We were the ones in need, and the usual custom is not for the rich to come to the poor, even when they want to help them....That we go to him was more fitting, but there was a twofold obstacle. Our eyes were darkened, yet he dwells in light inaccessible; and lying paralyzed on our mats we could not reach the divine height. That is why our most gracious Saviour and Healer of souls both descended from his lofty height and dimmed his brilliance for our weak eyes."
(Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons for Advent 1:8)
Translated from the Latin by Irene Edmonds, Wendy Mary Beckett, and Conrad Greenia OSCO
Taken from Bernard of Clairvaux: Sermons for Advent and the Christmas Season
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