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Monday, August 20, 2012

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Doctor of the Church
(1090 –1153)

Feast Day: 21 August



St. Bernard of  Clairvaux is clearly one of the greatest preachers of all time.  Born to a noble family near Dijon France in 1090 AD, St. Bernard was inspired by the example of a new religious congregation, the Cistercians, who had abandoned the relative ease and security of Benedictine monasticism of that day to live according to the primitive pattern of St. Benedict through hard manual labor, solitude, and rigorous prayer.


When St. Bernard decided to abandon the privilege of noble life to enter the monastery, he brought over 30 noble relatives with him.  Once professed he was very soon made abbot and went on to found over 40 monasteries in his lifetime.  St. Bernard's magnetic preaching and exemplary character changed the lives of thousands and his writing continues today to inspire Christians everywhere.  His words were so sweet that he came to be known as the Melifluous ("full of honey") Doctor.  St. Bernard died in 1153 and was later proclaimed a saint and a Doctor of the Church. His feast day in the Roman Calendar is August 20.

http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_author/69/St._Bernard_of_Clairvaux.html

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