Three weeks: Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and 9.
Week 1: Cistercian order. Life of St. Bernard. "On the Steps of Humility and Pride" (text online)
Week 2: Reading "On conversion", a sermon given in Paris in 1140, after which more than 20 hearers followed St. Bernard to Clairvaux monastery. Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works*
Week 3: "On Loving God". Four types of love that Christians experience as they grow in their relationship with God: loving one's self, selfish love, loving God as God, and loving one's self in God. Introduction to the "Letters on the Song of Songs." Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works*
* We will also use this book when studying Song of Songs next semester.