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The son of Tecelin, a knight and vassal of the Duke of Burgundy, Bernard of Clairvaux was educated at Chatillon. He was distinguished by his studious and meditative habits.
Bernard left the life of wealth and ease he enjoyed as part of a noble family. He entered the monastery of Citeaux in 1113, where he lived instead with simplicity, holiness, prayer, and a ministry to others. Bernard was one of the most influential clerics of his day and founded 163 monasteries throughout Europe.
John Calvin held Bernard in high regard. Martin Luther called him "the best monk that ever lived, whom I admire beyond all the rest put together." And Luther also said "Bernard is superior to all the doctors in his sermons, even to Augustine himself, because he preaches Christ most excellently." His writings show humility, devotion to Christ, and a reliance on grace that was rare before the Reformation.
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