|Rapping with the BVM and her son|
He's considered the second founder of the Cistercian Order. When he joined, he showed up at the monastery in Citeaux (the French are great for using all the real vowels in a single word) with about thirty of his closest friends and family. In my college fraternity, we would have called that a block rush and probably turned it down, but they were enthusiastically welcomed. That turned out to be a good thing for the Cistercians, because in a few years Bernard and a handful of monks went off to found the abbey at Clairvaux. A lot of monks made saint with the inception of just one monastery, but sixty-eight (68!) were started out of Clairvaux Abbey.
|The Mellifluous Doctor|
|Had to be included. Sorry.|
This is also the feast of Samuel the Prophet, about whom I wrote a little last year.