Surely he must remain long in this state; and I know not whether it would be possible to make further progress in this life to that fourth degree and perfect condition wherein man loves himself solely for God's sake. Let any who have attained so far bear record; I confess it seems beyond my powers.
On Loving God, XV
I'm thinking this might be a post series. It's a great little work, wherein Bernard takes us through the "four degrees of love." You can find it in English here.