Bernardo di Chiaravalle
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Bernardo di Chiaravalle

A universal prayer hails from the hermitage of Calci

Calci
One of the most illuminated figures of the Catholic Church in the 1000s was Bernardo di Chiaravalle, a French theologian, abbot and the founder of the Clairvaux church and other monasteries, like the Chiaravalle monastery. For many years he lived in the hermitage of Costa d'Acqua, the oldest and most important religious retreat in the Pisa mountains. It was there where he wrote the “Salve Regina” prayer, and every year on August 20th the hermitage celebrates a mass in his honor.

Friend and teacher of Pope Eugenio III, who was also born near Calci, Bernardo di Chiaravalle was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pio VIII in 1830. There are numerous philosophical and theological works by Chiaravalle. In his writings, he speaks of the birth of a new vision of love that has four levels: love for thyself; love for God; the love of God for God; and the love of thyself for God. He describes a personal, internal journey that is born in each of us and eventually brings us closer to God.

Bernardo di Chiaravalle was a strong and important figure that was friend and aid to many pontiffs.




 
Calci
A lovely village in a valley of olive groves and age-old churches
Calci is situated a few kilometres from Pisa, in the foothills of Monti Pisani and in central Valgraziosa. The valley, shaped like an amphitheatre, encloses the villages that, in their entirety, form Calci. Today, Calci is a small farming town built up around Pieve dei SS. ...
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