Today's Saint (August 20):Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

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Bernard of Clairvaux

Saint Bernard was born into a noble family around 1090 in Fontaines, France. He received a secular education, but at the age of twenty-two, along with some of his brothers, he became a monk at the monastery of Citeaux.

His zeal and brilliance - but mostly his saintliness and self-mortification - helped him transform the fledgling Cistercian Order, increasing its size to over 700 monks. During his lifetime he founded numerous monastic communities.

"Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments." (The day's tract, page F 27, The People's Anglican Missal)

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Books Worth Considering
The Last of the Fathers
Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon