Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

From The Liturgy of the Hours: Saint Bernard was born in 1090 near Dijon in France. After a religious upbringing, he joined the Cistercians in 1111 and later was chosen abbot of the monastery of Clairvaux. There he directed his companions in the practice of virtue by his own good example. Because of schisms which had arisen in the Church, he traveled all about Europe restoring peace and unity. He wrote many theological and spiritual works. He died in 1153. HEAVENLY FATHER, SAINT BERNARD WAS FILLED WITH ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE AND WAS A RADIANT LIGHT IN YOUR CHURCH. BY HIS PRAYERS MAY WE BE FILLED WITH THIS SPIRIT OF ZEAL AND WALK ALWAYS AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT. WE ASK THIS THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON, WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH YOU AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD, FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN.

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