St Bede The Venerable

Featured Saint: St Bede the Venerable (Approx. 672/3 – 735)

St Bede was born in the Sunderland area of England into probably a wealthy family. At the age of 7yrs he was sent to the Monastery of Monkwearmouth to be educated and then transferred to the Monastery of St Paul in Jarrow where he remained for the rest of his life.

He was undoubtedly a very brilliant young man. At 19yrs he became a Deacon and at 30yrs he was ordained a Priest by the Bishop of Hexham. St Bede was a prolific writer and remains a highly respected author and scholar of his time.  One of his works, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, gained him the title “The Father of English History”.

St Bede’s remains are interred at Durham Cathedral. He is the Patron Saint of writers and historians and also a Doctor of the Church.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

St Bede the VenerableShort Story: When a man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus said, “You have the commandments!”  (Mark 10:19)

Teacher, he said, “all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus replied, “You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give the money to the poor.” (Mark 10:21)

Thoughts: Is World Equality possible? Can my wealth make a difference to one of God’s children!

Reflection: A Prayer by St Bede
I implore you, Good Jesus,
that as in your mercy, you have given me to drink the words of your knowledge,
so in your loving kindness, you will also grant me one day to come to you,
and to stand forever before your face.

PrayerPoor by Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes,
that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears,
that we may hear the cries of the hungry,
the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts,
that we may love each other as you love us.
Lord, renew in us your spirit,
free us and make us one.

St Bede:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Open the Eyes of My Heart

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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(25th May 2015)