Monday, August 20, 2007

Monday Basics: Liturgy, Saint of the Day, Mass Readings, Catholic History, Birthdays

Memorial of St. Bernard, abbot and doctor

St. Bernard (1090-1153) was born near Dijon and died in Clairvaux, France. He was of a noble family and received a careful education in his youth. With his father, brother and thirty noblemen he entered the Benedictine monastery of Citeaux. Two years later he led a group of monks to establish a house at Clairvaux, and became its abbot. The monastic rule which he perfected at Clairvaux became the model for 163 monasteries of the Cistercian reform. He was a theologian, poet, orator, and writer. He is sometimes considered as a Father of the Church. (Catholic Culture)

Today's Mass Readings

On This Day in Catholic History:

984 - Pope John XIV died


1517 - Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, French Roman Catholic Cardinal (d. 1586)

1632 - Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit priest (d. 1704)

1833 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States(d. 1901)

1845 - St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)

1908 - Al Lopez, baseball player and manager (d. 2005)

1952 - Rudy Gatlin, American musician

1956 - Joan Allen, American actress

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