Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Feast of St Bede the Venerable OSB, Doctor of the Church

St Bede (673-735) was a child oblate - a counter perhaps to our sometimes excessively individualistic modern notions of vocation! Although it has to be said that although he clearly found his vocation, he, like some other child oblate saints, was not wholly in favour of the practice...

In any case, St Bede was the product of the lively Anglo-Saxon school fostered by the monastic tradition in England, and fed in each generation by great scholars. He wrote over 60 books, ranging through history, chronology, science, music, poetry and theology, finishing the last (a Gospel commentary) on his deathbed.

His deep piety, commitment to the monastic life and the struggle for holiness, and to passing on the knowledge that had been accumulated to his students and readers radiates from his work.

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