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Bernard of Clairvaux

Today I leave with you a quote that I have found helpful through the years. Bernard of Clairvaux lived from 1090-1153, and yet his advice is still relevant today.  Enjoy.

“…you hasten to outpour yourself on others when your own soul is only half-filled.

If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. For a canal pours out as fast as it takes in; but a reservoir waits until it is filled before it overflows, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water. In the Church at the present day, we have many canals, few reservoirs…

They (canals) desire to pour out when they themselves are not yet inpoured; they are readier to speak than to listen, eager to teach that which they do not know, and most anxious to exercise authority on others, although they have not learnt to rule themselves…Let the reservoir of which we spoke just now take pattern from the spring; for the spring does not form a stream or spread into a lake until it is brimful…Be filled yourself; then…pour out your fullness…”

– In his Sermons on the Song of Songs (13:3-4), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)