Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
In the year 1111, Bernard became a Cistercian monk at the age of 20. Confident, bold and outspoken, his influence spread far beyond the monastery. The “honey-tongued” orator settled international disputes, prevented a schism, inspired innovative architecture, outsmarted heretics, and defended the integrity of marriage - all while suffering from chronic illness. Sustained by his love for Christ and devotion to Mary, Bernard became one of the most influential figures of the 12th century.