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Liturgical day: August 20th: St Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

Gospel text (Jn 17,20-26): Jesus said, «As I revealed your Name to them (...) so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them». Jesus said, «I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me. May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the Glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity and the world shall know that you have sent me and that I have loved them just as you loved me.

»Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am and see the Glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world has not known you but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today is the feast of St. Bernard. At 25 (with only 3 monks) he was sent to found a new convent, Clairvaux. Then, during his life he founded more than 300 convents (he had an incredible gift to attract others to monastic life). He toured all of Europe and exchanged letters with many of people, bringing peace and fighting heresies firmly. He became the most famous man in Europe. Among his writings stands out those about the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom he professed great devotion and love.

- For St Bernard there is only one name that counts, that of Jesus Nazarene: "What you write has no savour for me unless I have read Jesus in it."