Today is the memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church.
Born in 1090 into a noble family, St. Bernard had a great taste for literature and wrote many poems. He often read scripture and had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. When he got older, he sought admission into the Cistercian Order, and became the abbot of the reformed Benedictines at Clairvaux.
Due to laziness, you can read the rest here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_of_Clairvaux