On Loving God
by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much.
I answer, the reason for loving God is God Himself;
and the measure of love due to Him is immeasurable love. . . .
- Chapter I.
Why we should love God
- Chapter II.
How much God deserves love from man
- Chapter III.
What greater incentives Christians have to love God
- Chapter IV.
Of those who find comfort in the recollection of God
- Chapter V.
Of the Christian's debt of love
- Chapter VI.
A brief summary
- Chapter VII.
Of love toward God not without reward
- Chapter VIII.
Of the first degree of love
- Chapter IX.
Of the second and third degrees of love
- Chapter X.
Of the fourth degree of love
- Chapter XI.
Of the attainment of this perfection of love only at the resurrection
- Chapter XII.
Of love: out of a letter to the Carthusians
- Chapter XIII.
Of the law of self-will and desire, of slaves and hirelings
- Chapter XIV.
Of the law of the love of sons
- Chapter XV.
Of the four degrees of love