Saint Bernard of Clairvaux was born in 1090, the third son of Tescelin Sorrel, a Burgundian noble, and Aleth, who was daughter of Bernard, Lord of Montbard. His parents had seven children, four of whom are declared blessed by the Catholic Church. Saint Bernard had great personal attractiveness and wit. His affability and sweetness of temper endeared him to everyone. At the age of twenty-two he entered the Benedictine monastery at Citeaux, along with thirty-one men who followed him there. At the age of twenty-five he was sent by his abbot to found a monastery in Champagne. This house eventually became the Abbey of Clairvaux, from which sixty eight other monasteries had been founded by the time of the saint’s death. Saint Bernard fought against the Albigensian heresy, counseled Popes and heads of state, wrote treatises in defense of the faith and performed miracles while still on this earth. One such miracle happened when he was preaching to the Albigensians and foretold to his audience that the ill that were present would be healed upon eating the loaves of bread he had just blessed. And, indeed, it came to pass that many who ate the bread were healed. Saint Bernard died in 1153, was canonized in 1174 and declared a doctor of the Church in 1830.