During the reign of Pope Innocent II, the papacy was the greatest power in Europe at that time. Kingdoms, countries, and men were controlled by, and in awe of, the papacy. But there were still some men who, even though they submitted to the Pope, trusted in Christ as their Saviour. One of these men was Bernard of Clairvaux. His heart was full of God’s love and energy to spread the Gospel to all nations. On three occasions he was appointed bishop of certain cities, but he turned down these offers because he said that the word of God teaches not to strive after great things. He had many people who followed him, and when one of them actually became Pope, Bernard spoke to him with these words, ‘“Remember that you are a successor of Him who said, ‘Silver and gold have I none.’ Gold and silk and pearls and soldiers you have not received of Christ, but they came to you from
. Never strive after these things.
Would to God that before I die I might see the Church as it was in olden times
when the apostles cast their nets, not to catch gold and silver but the souls
of men.”’ Bernard founded many monasteries and was
asked for advice by influential men. He also wrote many hymns and preached
sermons to different congregations.
Before his death he said that there were three things on which he based
his hope for eternity: The love of God for his children; the certainty of His
promises; and the power by which He will make these promises come true. Such words show that he rested his only hope
on Christ. Like all men he erred in some
ways, but he was a light of Christ to the people of his day, and we can see
that he was a true man of God. Constantine
Written and Posted by William A Moore