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Saint of the Day

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Bernard revised and reformed the Cistercians in the early 1100s. He was an advisor to two kings, and a spiritual director of Pope Eugenius III. An extensive author, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius VIII.

Reflections from the Saints

In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps.
– St. Bernard of Clairvaux
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2374

Couples who discover that they are sterile suffer greatly. "What will you give me," asks Abraham of God, "for I continue childless?" And Rachel cries to her husband Jacob, "Give me children, or I shall die!"