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Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor
Bernard, the third son of seven children of a noble family, was born at the family castle near Dijon. Upon the death of his mother and after a misspent youth, Bernard decided to lead a religious life. He entered religious life as a young man and helped restore vigor to the Cistercians at Cîteaux. This monastery was to become the mother house of sixty-eight Cistercian monasteries. Bernard was noted for his wisdom and the eloquence of his preaching. He was often consulted by popes and rulers for his wisdom and excellent preaching. Finally, near the end of his life, his great wish to return to monastic life was granted him.
Though Bernard was called to use his wisdom and counsel in world affairs, he had a great desire to lead a quiet contemplative life. He took on the missions assigned to him and completed them successfully while deeply grounded in his spiritual roots. In the turmoil of today’s world, it is worthwhile taking some time to get back to basics, as Bernard did.