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St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Translated and with a foreword by G.R. Evans


Born in Fontaines-lès-Dijon in 1090, Bernard had become, by his twenty-fifth birthday, the abbot of a Cistercian monastery which he had founded in the valley of Clairvaux near Aube, France, some four years earlier. There in those isolated and rugged surroundings he became the spokesman for a revival of monastic life in an age when the radical spirit of religious life was endangered by a movement, best seen in the excesses of the monks of Cluny, that stressed the adaptation of the rule of St. Benedict to the exigencies-and taste for princely comforts-of the royal courts of twelfth-century France. But Bernard's dedication to the strict observance of Benedict's rule was mingled not with the abrasive, shrill style of the prophet but with a sweetness and purity of vision that earned him the title Doctor mellifluous. For he possessed a sense of the love of God, the importance of humility, and the sheer beauty of holiness that has made his writings favorites of scholars and laymen alike throughout the ages. Here in a new translation by G.R. Evans are the writings that have had such a major role in shaping the Western monastic tradition and influencing the development of catholic mystical theology. Together with an introduction by the master of Bernard studies, Jean Leclercq, they comprise a volume that occupies a place of special importance in the chronicle of the history of the Western spiritual adventure.

 


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0809129175
9780809129171
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9"  (22.8 cm) x 6"  (15.2 cm)
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St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/20
Tridentine Calendar - 08/20


Patron Of: Beekeepers, Candle-makers, Wax-refiners, Gibraltar

Also known as

    * Mellifluous Doctor of the Church
    * Last of the Fathers of the Holy Church

Memorial

    * 20 August

Profile

    Born to the French nobility; brother of Saint Humbeline. 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 of Clairvaux which soon had over 700 monks and eventually 160 daughter houses. Revised and reformed the Cistercians. Advisor to, and admonisher of, King Louis the Fat and King Louis the Young. Attended the Second Lateran Council. Fought Albigensianism. Helped end the schism of anti-Pope Anacletus II. Preached in France, Italy, and Germany. Helped organize the Second Crusade. Friend and biographer of Saint Malachy O’More. Spritual advisor to Pope Eugene 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 – to lead a holy life.

Born

    * 1090 at Fontaines-les-Dijon, Burgundy, France

Died

    * 20 August 1153 at Clairvaux Abbey, Ville-sous-la-Ferté, Aube, France

Canonized

    * 1170 by Pope Alexander III

Patronage

    * beekeepers
    * bees
    * Burgundy, France
    * candlemakers
    * chandlers
    * Cistercian Order
    * Cistercians
    * Gibraltar
    * Queens College, Cambridge, England
    * Speyer Cathedral
    * wax-melters
    * wax refiners


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
    * with Saint Humbeline

 



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