Happy Feast Day
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Abbot and Doctor of the Church
1090 – 1153
Feast day: August 20
Patronage: Cistercians, beekeepers, candlemakers
Born near Dijon in France in 1090, Bernard entered the Cistercian Order at the age of 22; he became the Abbot of Clairvaux. Despite his longing for the solitary contemplative life, he traveled a great deal in France, Germany, and Italy, trying to reconcile the divisions in the Church at the time. He wrote many works on the spiritual life and theology.
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