Thursday, August 20, 2015

August 20: Saint Bernard

St. Bernard
(Photo by Tinodela)

History

Saint Bernard’s parents were devoted to Christ, and they taught him to love and serve the Lord, too. When he went to college, everybody noticed his beautiful faith. After his mother died, he entered a religious order, where he quickly became a leader among the other brothers. He helped start a new monastery and wrote many beautiful prayers, including the Memorare, a prayer that many, many Catholics have relied on to get them through all kinds of troubles and temptations.


Activity

Today, pray the Memorare together as a family on behalf of all the Christians in the Middle East who are facing persecution and martyrdom.

"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never
was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left
unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come;
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of
the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in
thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen."

Saint Bernard, pray for us!

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