Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Abbot and Doctor of the Church
|St. Bernard preaching the Second Crusade|
The "largest" 'Bible' and biblical resources software developer released a digitized edition of "many of the most significant spiritual and pastoral writings of the Middle Ages" - The Medieval Preaching and Spirituality Collection (Logos Bible Software).
In introducing the digitized edition of the Catholic Medieval Preaching and Spirituality which "includes sermons from the most acclaimed preachers of the period as well as resources commonly used in their composition," the modern 'Reformist' developers of the software acknowledge:
"Far from being the 'dark ages' once disparaged by the rationalists of the Enlightenment, modern scholarship has revealed the Middle Ages as a period of profound intellectual, artistic, and spiritual vitality. The culture of the West revolved around Christianity, and the intellectual life culminated not in abstract theology, but in the sermon. It was in pursuit of better preaching that the scholars of the Middle Ages organized the [Sacred Scriptures] by chapter and verse, why they compiled countless lexicons and concordances, why they wrote their summae and their commentaries, and ultimately why they built the university system. The preaching of the Middle Ages was both exegetical and pastoral. Its purpose was to bring the Word of God to life and through it to convert the people. They believed that preaching was a grace and that the Holy Spirit spoke through the preacher, interpreting Scripture. Preaching and Spirituality were therefore intimately connected."