Thoughts on St. Bernard’s Way to Lead a Holy Life

“Why have I come here?”

These were the words uttered by St. Bernard on a daily basis. He would always finish this thought by thinking of his main duty– to lead a holy life.

St. Bernard was an Abbot and Doctor of the church. A doctor of the Catholic church, according to,

“Through their research, study, and writing, they have advanced the Church’s knowledge of our faith. To be declared a Doctor of the Church does not imply that all their writings are free from error but rather that the whole body of their work, taken together serves to advance the cause of Christ and his Church.”

Others include St. Hildegard von Bingen, Theresa Liseux, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, and St. Augustine.

I think, this “why have I come here” thought is such a powerful question for all Catholics and Christians around the world. Especially those seeking out their vocations in this crazy world.

There are points when everything seems so chaotic and unsettled. These are the times in which remembering St. Bernards teaching are important.

“Why am I here?”

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

-Catherine of Sienna