Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153
Bernard was born in 1090 into Burgundian landowning aristocracy. He grew up in a family of five brothers and one sister. He saw in his parents exceptional models of virtue, mercy, justice, and loyal affection for others. His mother’s death caused Bernard to move toward a life of renunciation and solitude.
In 1098 Bernard decided to enter a struggling, small, new community established by St. Robert of Molesme. The monks worked to restore Benedictinism to a more primitive and austere pattern of life. Bernard persuaded his brothers and about 25 companions to join him. Bernard entered the Citeaux community in 1112. From then until 1115, Bernard cultivated spiritual and theological studies.Read More