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Thursday, August 21, 2014


20/8/14 Straight to the action Local Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and at reported that he saw some nice action in the Sea Trout department, plus he has some back dates, will give you all the facts as soon as I get them, sorry for this discrepancy, reason being we were ferrying the good people of all the surrounding Parishes and as far as the USA to celebrate Mass out at Church Island and by the time everyone got home I forgot to ask Michael for all the facts. Staying in the Sea Trout department, Mr. Michael Clifford of the UK and Waterville caught 3 Sea trout on the troll while fishing with his Gillie M.D. On the upper lakes there was one boat manipulating and they were very successful in the Brown Trout department. Now back to the Mass on Church Island, today were celebrating St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and here is a bit of history of this saint,

In the year 1111, at the age of 20, Bernard left his home to join the monastic community of Citeaux. His five brothers, two uncles and some 30 young friends followed him into the monastery. Within four years a dying community had recovered enough vitality to establish a new house in the nearby valley of Wormwoods, with Bernard as abbot. The zealous young man was quite demanding, though more on himself than others. A slight breakdown of health taught him to be more patient and understanding. The valley was soon renamed Clairvaux, the valley of light.

His ability as arbitrator and counsellor became widely known. More and more he was lured away from the monastery to settle long-standing disputes. On several of these occasions he apparently stepped on some sensitive toes in Rome. Bernard was completely dedicated to the primacy of the Roman See. But to a letter of warning from Rome, he replied that the good fathers in Rome had enough to do to keep the Church in one piece. If any matters arose that warranted their interest, he would be the first to let them know.
Shortly thereafter it was Bernard who intervened in a full-blown schism and settled it in favor of the Roman pontiff against the antipope.
The Holy See prevailed on Bernard to preach the Second Crusade throughout Europe. His eloquence was so overwhelming that a great army was assembled and the success of the crusade seemed assured. The ideals of the men and their leaders, however, were not those of Abbot Bernard, and the project ended as a complete military and moral disaster.
Bernard felt responsible in some way for the degenerative effects of the crusade. This heavy burden possibly hastened his death, which came August 20, 1153.


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