Sermons of St. Bernard on the Blessed Virgin Mary

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BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX, b. 1091 at Fontaines, near Dijon, Burgundy; d. at Clairvaux, Aug. 20, 1153; canonized by Alexander III., 1173; was the third son of a noble and wealthy family, and received a complete training in all knightly accomplishments, but felt himself so strongly drawn toward things holy, that, in spite of the remonstrances of his family, he retired in 1113 to the Monastery of Citeaux (Cistertium), and became a monk. Though the Monastery of Citeaux (founded in 1098 by Stephan Harding) was renowned for the severity and strictness of its rules, Bernard, nevertheless, produced a strong impression in the circles into which lie had entered, by the austerity of his ascetic practices, and by the passionate energy with which he concentrated his whole life on the one thing needful. When, in 1115, the monastery proved too small for the number of persons asking for admission, - Bernard, for instance, came in company with thirty others whom he had converted from the world, - and it was found necessary to send out a colony and found a new monastery, Bernard was placed at the head of the emigrants. They settled in the wild and barren gorge of Clairvaux (Clara Vallis); and it cost an incredible amount of perseverance, hard labor, and self-sacrifice, to build a house in this inhospitable region. But the monastery prospered wonderfully, and its abbot soon became famous.

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