Cacciaguida

Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Monday, August 20, 2007
 
Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux



From the Catholic Encyclopedia entry on St. Bernard:
Alarming news came at this time from the East. Edessa had fallen into the hands of the Turks, and Jerusalem and Antioch were threatened with similar disaster. Deputations of the bishops of Armenia solicited aid from the pope, and the King of France also sent ambassadors. The pope commissioned Bernard to preach a new Crusade and granted the same indulgences for it which Urban II had accorded to the first. A parliament was convoked at Vezelay in Burgundy in 1134, and Bernard preached before the assembly. The King, Louis le Jeune, Queen Eleanor, and the princes and lords present prostrated themselves at the feet of the Abbot of Clairvaux to receive the cross. The saint was obliged to use portions of his habit to make crosses to satisfy the zeal and ardour of the multitude who wished to take part in the Crusade. Bernard passed into Germany, and the miracles which multiplied almost at his every step undoubtedly contributed to the success of his mission. The Emperor Conrad* and his nephew Frederick Barbarossa, received the pilgrims' cross from the hand of Bernard, and Pope Eugenius, to encourage the enterprise, came in person to France.
This is as appropriate an occasion as any to let readers know that my son, Lance Corporal Jonathan Lee Morris, USMCR (blog here; not recently updated), is going to Iraq again next year. Mobilization for training is in December (with a Christmas break). Actual deployment is expected to be April-October '08. We have reasonable hope that he'll be able to finish the present fall term in college; God willin' and the crik don' rise, he'll be able to resume college in January of '09.

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* My old commander; see Paradiso XV 139.