ST BERNARD, ABBOT AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH; MEMORIAL: AUGUST 20
Born near Dijon in France in 1090, Bernard entered the Cistercian Order at the age of 22; he became the Abbot of Clairvaux. Despite his longing for the solitary contemplative life, he travelled a great deal in France, Germany and Italy, trying to reconcile the divisions in the Church at the time. He wrote many works on the spiritual life and theology.
Saint Bernard was filled with zeal for Your house
and was a radiant light in Your Church.
By his prayers
may we be filled with his spirit of zeal
and walk always as children of light.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.