known as Mellifluous, Doctor of the Church, Last of the Fathers of the Holy Church
Memorial 20 August Profile French nobility. At age
22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined
the abbey of Citeaux; his father and another brother joined soon after. Benedictine.
Founded and led the monastery at Clairvaux which soon had over 700 monks and 160
daughter houses. Revised and reformed the Cistercians. Advisor to, and admonisher
of, King Louis the Fat and King Louis the Young. Attended Second Lateran Council.
Fought Albigensianism. Helped end the schism of anti-Pope Anacletus II. Preached
in France, Italy, Germany. Helped organize the Second Crusade. Friend and biographer
of Saint Malachy O'More. Spritual advisor to Pope Eugenius III, who had originally
been one of his monks. First Cistercian monk placed on the calendar of saints.
Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius VIII. Every morning Bernard would
ask himself, "Why have I come here?", and then remind himself of his main duty
- lead a holy life.
Born 1090 at Fontaines-les-Dijon, Burgundy,
Died 20 August 1153 at Clairvaux
1170 by Pope Alexander III
bees, candlemakers, chandlers ,Gibraltar Queens College, Cambridge, England wax-melters
Representation beehive, bees ,book,
Cistercian having a vision of Mary, Cistercian with a beehive ,Cistercian with
a chained demon ,Cistercian with a mitre on the ground beside him, Cistercian
with a swarm of bees nearby ,Cistercian with a white dog Cistercian writing, and
watching Mary instruments of the Passion pen white dog
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