The Memorare is my absolute favorite prayer. I vividly remember being taught to pray it-and memorize it, along with numerous other prayers-in the 7th grade at St. Clare School in Clifton, NJ, by Miss Joan Collins. I fell in love with the words and meaning and have always recited it during my own times of reflection and prayer. It's so comforting.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and Doctor of the Church. this amazing man began the great reform of the Cistercian order, and through his influence all 5 of his brothers, as well as his father and several of his uncles joined the Order. in addition, his sister entered a Benedictine convent. he's pretty awesome.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. St. Bernard was recognized as the most eloquent & influential man of his age: he was a scholar who advised popes, preached a Crusade, defended the faith, healed a schism, and reformed a monastic Order. His active and holy life was fueled by many hours of prayer and contemplation seeking heavenly guidance.