Today the Church remembers St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor (1090 – 1153).- Bernard was born near Dijon, France, in 1090, of a noble family. In 1112 he joined the new monastery at Cîteaux. His five brothers and two dozen friends followed him into the monastery. Within three years he had been sent out to found a new monastery at Clairvaux, in Champagne, France, where he remained abbot fo
r the rest of his life. By the time of his death, the Cistercian Order had grown from one house to 343, of which 68 were daughter houses of Clairvaux itself. Bernard was a man of great holiness and wisdom, and was active in many of the great public debates of the time. He strongly opposed the excesses of some of the clergy, and fought against the persecution of the Jews. He was also a prolific and inspiring writer. Bernard died in 1153. His most precious writings have earned for him the titles of the last of the Fathers and a Doctor of Holy Church.
(Thank you to Daylesford Abbey)