Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hail, Saintly Priest and Guardian of Pilgrims

                                     Yes, these are named in honor of the Saint

Today is the feast of St. Bernard (d. 1008 AD).  St. Bernard was Archdeacon of Aosta, and preached the Gospel for 42 years to the ignorant and idolatrous Alpine Lombards, effecting many conversions and working numerous miracles.  St. Bernard also established hospices upon what is now called the Great St. Bernard Pass in the Pennine Alps to care for and provide generous hospitality to pilgrims and other travellers to Rome.  He also established patrols to clear the mountain passes of robbers who preyed upon travellers.

St. Bernard, pray for us.

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