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St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Today is his feast day.

I have a fondness for St Bernard. When I became a Catholic, one thing I felt I had to take on faith, not intellectualize, even though I could not yet grasp its depth, was devotion to Mary. The writings and prayers of St Bernard helped me along the way to understanding this devotion.

The Memorare – we try to pray this regularly, in Latin and in English.

“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 more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal” St Bernard of Clairvaux

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