St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. St. Bernard was recognized as the most eloquent & influential man of his age: he was a scholar who advised popes, preached a Crusade, defended the faith, healed a schism, and reformed a monastic Order. His active and holy life was fueled by many hours of prayer and contemplation seeking heavenly guidance.
The Memorare is my absolute favorite prayer. I vividly remember being taught to pray it-and memorize it, along with numerous other prayers-in the 7th grade at St. Clare School in Clifton, NJ, by Miss Joan Collins. I fell in love with the words and meaning and have always recited it during my own times of reflection and prayer. It's so comforting.