August 20, 2015 (Memorial for St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

St. Bernard was the most influential person who lived during the 12th century. He fought schisms, papal controversies, preached, taught, was a major theologian, wrote extensively on the Blessed Virgin Mary, reformed his order, and founded abbies. He also preached the 2nd Crusade (a disaster) and promoted the Knights Templar (he had a relative who was a Templar Knight). Still, he was the most influential person of his time. Yet, most people today don’t know what he did. How fleeting is fame! (Do you know who was promoted as the Person of the 20th century? I don’t.)

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2 thoughts on “August 20, 2015 (Memorial for St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

  1. In his book “The Sword of Constantine,” James Carrol, points out that it was the preaching of St. Bernard, that saved the European Jews from a slaughter such as took place during the first Crusade.

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