A “bonus” post today–from today’s Office of Readings. A selection by St. Bernard, an encouragement to aim high, as did the saints who have gone before us:
Come, brothers [and sisters], let us at length spur ourselves on. We must rise again with Christ, we must seek the world which is above and set our mind on the things of heaven. Let us long for those who are longing for us, hasten to those who are waiting for us, and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us. . . . That we may rightly hope and strive for such blessedness, we must above all seek the prayers of the saints. Thus, what is beyond our own powers to obtain will be granted through their intercession.