Feast of Saint Bede, Priest and Monk
BEDE — 672–735
I like St. Bede. He went to live in a monastery at age 7 and never left the monastic life. He traveled to many places and met many Christian writers, but only through books, as his monastery had a vast library. He never set out to become a saint, or the Father of English History. He wrote The Ecclesiastical History of the English People to record the sacrifices of many who had given their lives for the Christian faith in England. I think he would be surprised at the veneration we give him today. In all humility, I think he would say – “I didn’t do anything. Look at the people I wrote about. They deserve the honor.” He is a good example to me.