20 August 2009

Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory.

St. Bernard, born of noble Burgundian parents, was a monk of the Cistercian Order, a branch of the Benedictine Order. He became Abbot of the famous monastery of Clairvaux, which he himself had founded. The writings, sermons, and letters of this great Doctor rendered invaluable services to the Church. He also preached the second crusade, and died at Clairvaux in 1153.

Update: How fun, our friends Rob and Toma (recent grads of the ITI) are here for the weekend in connection with some meetings going on and Rob is staying with us! I hope you don't mind, Katie, he's using your room. It's getting a lot of use in your absence. You'd better hurry back and claim it before it's booked solid through the year.

1 comment:

Somebody Calls Me Nana said...

Years ago I read an excellent biography of St Bernard. His holiness was exemplary to be sure. Unfortunately I do not recall the author, but I was highly impacted by that book. Bernard's life is well-worth looking into more deeply.