St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 20 August 1153) was a prominent French abbot and theologian in the 12th century. He played a significant role in the Cistercian reform movement, leading the establishment of numerous monasteries, including the Abbey of Clairvaux. Bernard’s teachings and writings emphasized the importance of love and devotion to God, earning him the title “Doctor of the Church.” He also became an influential figure in the Second Crusade, using his preaching to encourage participation in the holy war. Saint Bernard’s deep spirituality and piety had a lasting impact on the Church and the development of Christian theology. His feast day is celebrated on August 20th, and he is venerated as a patron saint of the Cistercian Order and the Knights Templar.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
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