On this day established and set apart by God for worship and rest, here are some wise words from Bernard of Clairvaux to read and ponder. . .
“God alone can satisfy our desires. A man with a lovely wife may still look lustfully at an attractive woman. A well-dressed person wants more expensive clothes. The rich envy the richer. You can find people who already own much property and have many possessions, still striving, day in and day out, to add another field to their estates. They have a restless ambition for promotion and honors.
It is not very intelligent to desire what cannot satisfy. While enjoying wealth, you keep searching for something you still lack. You run back and forth from one pleasure to another, becoming tired, but never satisfied. Who can own everything? Whatever you cling to, you are surely going to lose one day. You are running down a twisting road and you will die before you reach the end of it.
Eventually, we will come to say to God, ‘Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.’ (Psalm 73:25). Anything else is doomed to failure. Life is too short, strength too limited, competition too fierce. The long road wears us out.” -Bernard of Clairvaux, “On Loving God”