Saint Bernard was born into a noble family around 1090 in Fontaines, France. He received a secular education, but at the age of twenty-two, along with some of his brothers, he became a monk at the monastery of Citeaux.
His zeal and brilliance – but mostly his saintliness and self-mortification – helped him transform the fledgling Cistercian Order, increasing its size to over 700 monks. During his lifetime he founded numerous monastic communities.
“Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments.” (The day’s tract, page F 27, The People’s Anglican Missal)