Pope Benedict XVI talked about his devotion to Mary a few years ago and said that it wasn’t that St. Bernard had written books and books on Mary, but rather that he “understood her essential role in the Church, presenting her as the perfect model of the monastic life and of every other form of the Christian life.”
St. Bernard promoted the Memorare prayer and brought that into frequent practice among Catholics when it hadn’t been before.
Listen to this, from one of his sermons:
In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.
I love this!! It is simply beautiful.
Thank you St. Bernard.