St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard was born near Dijon, in France, in 1090, of a noble family. In 1112 he joined the new monastery at Cîteaux, motherhouse of the Cistercians (a reformed Benedictine monastery). Bernard arrived at Cîteaux with four of his five brothers and two dozen friends. Within three years he had been sent out to found a new monastery at Clairvaux, in Champagne, where he remained abbot for 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. My sermon for today's feast can be read here. This stained glass window of the saint, whose feast is today, is in the chapel of Dartmouth College's Catholic Center.

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Fonte: Lawrence OP

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