Commemoration for the Week
Sunday, August 20 Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, died 1153
Bernard, a Cistercian monk, was a man of great spirituality who wrote mystical works and
criticized those whom he thought took an overly intellectual approach to the faith. He became
an abbot, and wrote several hymns that are still beloved today.
Thursday, August 24 Bartholomew, Apostle
Mentioned as one of Jesus’ disciples in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Bartholomew’s name is
replaced in John’s gospel by Nathanael, leading many to believe that the two are different names
for the same person. Little is known about his work, though some traditions place him later in
India or Armenia.