St Bede, the
Venerable, 673-735. Doctor of English History, Feast May
It is perhaps fitting that this website began on
5/25/00 in a location where the mother tongue is English. Bede is
the only English-speaking doctor. He was a holy historian and chiefly
remembered by giving us an account of Christianity in England. Saint Bede the Venerable
is the Patron of Historians and Scholars.
From Bedeís era
came the idea of dating everything from the birth of Christ (AD).
Thus, the letters BC (before Christ) may have started.
you appreciate reading History, you should love reading Bede. He has
written beautifully on English History and his writings impart
knowledge on the holiness of God. God is most holy. If you truly
want to please God, aim to be holy. If you want to understand the holiness of God petition Bede to guide and assist you.
Bede is the only doctor of the church that has the name
Ďvenerableí attached to his name. Holiness will transcend ordinary
history because it is ageless. God wants to share holiness with us
now and later. Bede communicates and imparts God's holy and precious
words and gifts to us. Communicating makes information common to
all, but when Bede imparts he causes another to possess what is
primarily Bede's own. And what is that? Bede's holiness! That is
special. The type of holiness that Bede has, no one else has, unless
he imparts it. The same would be true for each of us. Because of God's indwelling in each, we are unique
and set apart in a distinctive manner.
Glory, honor and
holiness are blessings and characteristics that God possesses and
bestows on all creation. Ask Bede in holy prayers that God would
bless us and all humanity. Beg for blessings for
"Bless the Lord oh my soul and let everything in me
bless his Holy NameĒ. This quotation constantly streamed out of the
venerable oneís mouth. Bless and glorify God with every creature
you see, with every breath you breathe and every thought you think.
That is Bedeís message. It is the meaning that this saint beckons us to
strive for: daily holiness. During the jubilee year of St Paul from June 2008-2009, designated by Our Holy Father, we hade holy prayers that kept holiness in mind, and one
example is the following prayer.
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
That my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
That I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
That I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit,
That I may always be holy Ė St Augustine
St. Augustine 8/28
Blessings are received by hope. When we confidently trust God's goodness and rely and depend on God's mercy,
the merciful God will bless us.
We have received many blessings and gifts.
One discovers God's gifts when they are shared. Sharing one's gifts
will enable one to receive more blessings and gifts. It's like
creativity. You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more
you have. (Maya Angelou)
We can bless God as Bede when we
bless others in the same manner that God blesses us. The saying:
"what goes around, comes around, is absolutely true. From the 1st book of the bible, in Genesis, we read and understand in Chapter 26
that God bestows his blessings. We too will find blessings, as Abraham, when we obey God and keep his mandates-God's commandments, instructions,
God promises to stay with us and make his presence known when we seek God's attributes. The second book of Chronicles tells us that
the Lord is with us when we are with the Lord. That is prayer! God also promises to stay with us when we obey.
Christ was obedient unto
death-even the death of the cross.
How much will God bless us? As much as all his children, when ordained, as Abraham! More than we can imagine. No one, even today, can calculate the number of stars.
Nevertheless, God tells us that blessings for us and our decendants will be greater than the number of stars. Imagine that! The eternal God will bless us
unlimitedly when we obey and are loyal to his will and show charity to all.
Venerable Bede is
most noted for his writings on English history and his
Ecclesiastical History of the English People. This book is
indisputably a masterpiece and eulogized by scholars of every age.
It laid the foundation for British History. His book contains
fascinating information about the church, history and religion. He
is a master in the art and science of writing History.
the time of his ordination to the priesthood at thirty, till his
death, he was totally occupied with learning, writing and teaching.
Beside the many books he copied, he composed forty-five of his own
of which thirty were devoted to commentaries on the bible.
The noted writer Herbert Thurston, writing in the Catholic
Encyclopedia, states that Bede is remarkable for the relative purity
of his language as also for his lucidity and sobriety more
especially in matters of historical criticism. Thurston also notes
Bede eloquence regarding holy scripture. He says that it is above
all other books not only by its authority (because it is divinely
inspired) or by it utility because it leads to eternal life, but also
for its antiquity and literary form.
Our holy doctor composed
the first known western sermon in Mary's honor and advised caution
regarding the legend of her death. All the doctors included Mary
most favorably in their writings and each compliments one another.
Their works, actions, and writings about Mary enriches and heightens
our esteem and appreciation for the Mother of Jesus. However, being human, some of the doctors looked upon Mary differently
and had different opinions especially regarding the Immaculate Conception. Also, some doctors critized one another and were sometimes opposed one another.
vast, devotional titles include one for each of the fifty states of
the United States and every nation on earth. They are found under St
Bernard, the devotional doctor, on this website.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux 8/20
Significantly, Bedeís writings leave us with an indelible
mark and unity that has power to eliminate all forms of violence
within us, if that were possible. Civilization today appears to be
more civil than in previous ages but are we any less violent?
Humankindís intricate problems stem from within us and it will only
be through virtue that violence will be reduced and
Our historianís central theme from his writings is
spiritual, doctrinal and cultural unity. All the doctors highlighted
the paramount importance of oneness with God. The fundamental reason
why God is holy is because of his sacredness, wholeness, harmony and perfect accord. God is the perfect Supreme Being. One can not say more than
that. Solidarity, when manifested as genuine love, for oneís neighbor,
according to Bede, indicates that one can actually love the Creator
perfectly even on earth as far as it is humanly possible.
all the writers in Western Europe, Bede is perhaps the most
influential, especially in England. His shrine is located in Durham,
England. The next link is perhaps the most comprehensive, scholarly and magnificent of any links on Bede and perhaps of any doctors on this site. It may take a second or two to download.
Our English saint was a meticulous scholar with a distinctive style. He is
the only Englishman that Dante names in the Paradiso.
extraordinary scholar was versed in all the knowledge of his time.
Although his presence was requested by kings and other notables-even
Pope Sergius-he remained in his own monastery and seldom
His books contain sacred truths that are mysterious
and miraculous. Bede wrote lucidly about many fascinating and
forgotten small matters such as the power of holy water. We know
that since water falls from the heavens, the Creator has already and obviously
blessed it. There is another type or class of holy water blessed by
us. God has richly blessed our English heritage and nation both in
its geography and its natural resources.
recipients of untold wealth and favors that has made our nation
flourish. Of all the countries in the world, America has
superabundant wealth, immense resources and rich endowments, not
only in the natural elements, but also in the supernatural
The church's extraordinary powers and influences in
her spiritual endowments and prerogatives, especially in her
sacraments and sacramentals, should overwhelm us. God's resplendent
gifts and graces to us are superabundant. Take for example the
ordinary appearance of blessed water-holy water. What Bede writes on
this subject could make your hair stand up. In fact, all the
sacraments and sacramentals contain intrinsical powers or have the
power to cause, grace, and many blessings. Holy water imparts immense
Blessed palms are sacramentals of the church. They are distributed to the faithful on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week for the church, and for each of us too, to strengthen us in holiness and courage, and bring to mind the triumphal entry of our Lord into Jerusalem when he was met by a multitude bearing palms. We are blessed when we carry our crosses in imitation of Jesus who is our Model.
The spirit of the founding fathers both in
political and religious circles, such as George Washington and John
Carroll, have bequeath to us Americans, extraordinary privileges,
rights and gifts as no other country. All who have migrated to
America for the land of the free and the home of the brave should be
cognizant of the price that our forefathers and relatives have paid.
They have vastly contributed to our liberty and freedom from
oppression and religious independence. They have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith. It is not only through Jesus Christ
but through all of those "in Christ" that God has bestowed all
gifts, fruits and beatitudes. He fills our life with goodness. He blesses us and makes us
holy. These blessings of the Holy Spirit can be found on the below link.
THE DOCTORS AND HOLY SPIRIT
under the section, "Words of Quiet Moments": All the earth is crammed
with heaven and every bush aflame with God, but only those who see
take off their shoes.
The Doctors of the Church write about ordinary, holy
subjects and show the supernatural depths. They are the mouthpieces
of the "Holy One." They reveal the supernatural almost as if they were
natural. They have been blessed and ordained by God to be dispensers
of graces. They provide deep and powerful perceptions to one's way
of seeing and a profound insight into meanings.
what nature cries out aloud and what many writers and poets write
about. Listen to the beautiful inspiring words of Elizabeth Barrett
Browning found in the 6/00 issue of the Catholic Digest
To be able to see and take off oneís
shoes implies two blessings. First, it is the spirit of seeing and
not necessarily the act of seeing or perhaps both together. The
spirit of seeing or seeing spiritually means viewing things with
faith. Faith is a gift, blessing and virtue. The "taking off oneís
shoes" that Browning writes about is really the words from God to
Moses at the burning bush in the second book of the bible. It
implies that we should be humble and obey Godís words. Even if we do
not understand those words of God, God demands respect because he is
holy. God told Moses that the ground he was standing on was holy. It
was Mt. Sinai where God would issue the Ten Commandments. Obeying
the Ten Commandments steeps us in holiness. Hence, when we are
humble and obedient, we flourish in holiness. When we live out our
lives in holiness, we venerate God and may become
Venerable Bedeís message is that Godís glory,
beauty, and blessings are for all of us. We are Godís temples
where the Almighty dwells and we need to open up to that divine
indwelling within us to perceive that other presence which the earth
is crammed with. The poets, prophets, and the doctors are all
pointing out to us of adoring, worshiping and revering God
according to an open heart and mind wherever we are. We need to
become venerable as Bede by venerating the God both within and all
about us in nature.
The word blessing has a variety of
meanings but strictly speaking-only God blesses. The Blessed One looks favorably
upon persons or things. Blessings are the action of God expressing
his kindness toward human beings, the favor he grants us, and the
gifts that come from God's person. All can perform blessings according to
one's position. Laity perform private, personal and individual
blessings. Clergy perform many public blessings and naturally
they can bless personally and individually as well. Blessings are
done both by hands or words. The bible, especially the Psalms and
the Canticles, invite us to bless the Lord with our words, lives and
actions. Information about blessing can be found in Dictionary of
the Liturgy, Rev. Jovian P. Lang, OFM. p 68-70 and My hands are held
out to you, Giancarol Maroni, pp.37-40.
One of the most powerful ways to bless is to pray.
When the Holy Spirit moves us in prayer by God's gift, the church is blessed and all its members and all
creatures that are part of the church in a mystical manner, even though they may not be catholic.
One of our first physical blessings came with our birth and conception.
This happened within our mothers and when each of us was taken from our mother by the hands
of a doctor or whomever God designated. God used the hands of others
to bring us into this world. When we fold our hands in supplication
and pour out our hearts to God in prayer, we, in turn bless others.
We receive all that we ask for in prayer when we have faith and
truly believe that God will grant us his favor. Naturally, it has to
be according to the holy will of God.
When we bless ourselves
with the sign of the cross on our bodies, God favors us. When we use
holy water, God sanctifies us with Godís holiness. God truly wants
all of us to become as Bede-venerable. Our bodies are holy by reason
that God formed it and keeps us in existence. Our souls are holy
because God redeemed it through the blood of Jesus.
religious services and celebrations begin with the sign of the
cross. This precious and victorious sign indicates that we are all
temples of the Holy Spirit and God dwells within us. The more our
lives are lived out in the imitation of Jesus Christ, the more we
will be blessed with the same Spirit that Jesus received when he
came out of the Jordan River. St John the Baptist administered
Jesusí baptism. This was the visible sign and God the Father
proclaimed to the whole world that Jesus was Godís Son- the chosen
one. The Spirit hovered over the Man-God. The followers of John
began to follow the long awaited Messiah that the old prophets had
foretold ending with the Baptizer. Through our own baptism administered normally through the
hands of one of Godís ministers, we take on new spiritual life in
body and soul.
Read Bede and beseech God to bless you through
his intercession, insight, and profound wisdom. God awaits and wants
to continue to bless each with infinite and unlimited benediction.
One of the most profound means of holiness, blessings, and support for "shut-ins", or people who can not go
to church, is through the medium of TV. EWTN gives us so many spiritual and educational enriching programs. On
Sundays at 6 PM (EST), in some locations, they provide Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Some spiritual nourishmets and
delights are the services, prayers, homilies from the gospel readings, hymns, and Divine Praises, seen below.
Blessed be God.
Blessed be his Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin, and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.
Holy God, We Praise They Name
Holy God, we praise thy name!
Lord of all, we bow before thee;
All on earth thy scepter claim,
All in heavín above adore thee;
Infinite thy vast domain,
Everlasting is thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and Seraphim
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the heavíns with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy Lord!
Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name thee,
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim thee,
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.
Text and Tune: Grosser Gott to Ignaz Franz, 1719 -1790; tr. By Clarence Walworth,
1820-1900; same, Katholisches Gesangbuch, Vienna, c. 1774. Gather Comprehensive, GIA Publications, Inc 1994
God especially blesses those who act, think, and pray to the Almighty
as his children and ask with confidence and assurance as a child
would ask his parents.
Pray to be blessed by anyone and bless
all with your eyes, hands and lips. You can do it secretly, silently
or overtly as the Spirit moves you. Love to bless yourself with the
sign of the cross and especially with holy water when it is
available. If you believe in the acts you are performing, God will
bless you and others with touches of favors and kindness. The most
powerful and intimate form of communication is touch. For that
reason, God greatly desires to bless and touch us deeply.
have the power to touch God tangibly, physically, perceptibly and
sensibly. Our challenge is: do we want God to touch us daily? Godís
angels cry out daily: holy, holy, holy!!! Think about it. Our
Supreme Being never stops receiving praise, honor and glory because
of the infinite goodness, favors and blessings that all creation and
creatures return to, and receive from, Godís unlimited and eternal love.
Bede commented on the Holy Innocents, which is celebrated around
Christmas time, the holiest time of the year. The Innocents were
babies under the age of two who were killed by the deranged King
Herod. He feared that the newborn King of the Jews, which scripture
had foretold, was born during this period and would take over his throne.
To make sure this would not happened, he killed all the newborn
babies under two. (St Joseph, the illustrious protector of the
divine family, was told in a dream to take the child and flee into
Egypt because Herod sought to kill him.) Only a madman would do
something like this.
This event vividly reveals that many in
history would die or be murdered because of fear, ignorance, spiritual blindness,
and irrational fear. It also shows lack of value, faith and fear of
God who is the Creator of all creatures. Herod tried to play God and
it was a tragic mistake. Jesus came to establish a kingdom but it
was a spiritual kingdom and not any earthly one.
holiness is to accept everything as coming from God, even the cruel
and murderous events that we do not have any control over. As the
Holy Innocents were victims for Christ, he in turn would be a Victim
that we may escape death, sin and judgment. Everyone, who surrenders
to events that they have no control over, and offer it to God, will
be giving a witness as the Holy Innocents and will become holy.
Bedeís holy writings will move you. His writings impart
blessings, conversions, and glory. His friends said they never read
his writings without weeping. He became the "Father of English
Learning" and the first known writer of English prose. Venerable Bede
is also the earliest witness of pure Gregorian tradition in England.
Pope Gregory has his name associated with Gregorian Chant from an
earlier period. However, Bede works are found especially valuable by
present-day scholars engaged in the study of the primitive form of
the chant. Thurston has more to say about this at the below link:
Jesus has told us that the entire law and
commandments of God can be summed up in two manners. Love of God and
love of neighbor are at the heart of knowing and keeping the
In this meditation of the day on Bedeís
illustrative feast day, one might want to reflect on his words below
and recall Jesusí word: If you keep my commandments, you will remain
in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherís commandments and remain
in his love.
When the angels were expelled from Paradise
they did not receive the mercy that human beings received when they
were shut out of Paradise (the Garden of Eden). When fallen
creatures entered into this vale of tears, they received hope of
recovering their senses. But more importantly, hope was given us
through the promise of a Redeemer from the very beginning of our
The fallen angels received no such mercy because they
exceeded the mercy of God. Bede goes on to say: ďhe (God) will at
once be merciful to the one who prays; similar to this is that
saying of the Psalmist: ĎWill God forget to be merciful, or will he
in his wrath shut up his mercy?í Surely it is certain that this and
all other sayings of this sort are appropriate to the circumstances
of this age, in which the saints sing to the Lord of mercy and
The gift and blessing of praying and turning to
the Lord of all creation is the key in this passage. Prayer opens up
for us sinners the floodgates of Godís abundant mercies which is not
only the forgiveness of our sins. It is also Godís forgetfulness of
our sins when we are sincere and earnest. There is a scientific study on the Internet below:
But more than forgiveness
and forgetfulness of our sins is the fact of Godís friendship, love,
and mercy are awaiting us daily. They are renewed each morning for
us. From Jeremiah we read that the mercies of the Lord are not spent, each moring they are renewed.
To be able to turn to God is a gift in itself. Praying
to God is a double gift because not only do we find peace and pardon
in conversation with God but through Jesus who unites himself to us
through Godís church. God extends to us a gift that we become one
and united with Jesus Christ through his sacraments and sacramentals
within the church. Obviously, we can certainly find the Creator both
within and without the church but isnít it wholesome, glorious and ineffable to be able to
discover God everywhere?
Thus we see that by keeping the
commandments, according to the Venerable Bede, Doctor of the Church,
one is united to God by reason of one's actions and receives
blessings and mercies. The favors of the Lord are superabundant
and his mercies are tender, profound, exquisite moving us to adoration, thanksgiving and serene peace. Praying is as the heart of worship,
adoration, and reverence for life and its Lifegiver, the generous One.
Pray that the commandments be etched in our minds and hearts to
bless God and all creation and creatures therein. A very similar event happens daily when we receive holy communion and God writes his name and law all over our soul and within it and he claims us for himself. We are then his as he was in the Old Testament in the Ark of The Covenant that held the two tables containing the 10 commandments.
As Saint Bede is the eminent doctor, historian of
the church for all humankind, Jesus is the dominant One throughout
all of history. Our entire civilization, customs and years are built
upon his birth. As we lived out the jubilee year 2000 after his
nativity, we remember he is the first and last One before eternity.
Historically, the Alpha and the Omega is our Beginning and
End. The omnipotent One has created each individual of every nation.
God will allow all to be judged by the love people give or keep.
Life and love are all there are. All are Godís people and all of
Godís are ours. The mighty One calls all-even those who turn away.
God pursues all by his Redeemer to claim us in holiness.
Bede's feast day within the church's calendar is shared by
many who have been richly blessed and inundated with divine favors.
One of my favorite is St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi whose extraordinary
gifts she too longs to share with you. Her feast day is the same as Bede's on May 25th.
from Saint Bede's example and Mary of Pazzi among the celestial
court we might want to bless the Lord more lovingly and petition God
to bless us and others.
An extraordinary manner to petition God and move the Mighty One to bless you, your love ones, the church, your special intentions and all creation, is to pray and honor God's Mother especially during her special month, May, which is upon us each Summer as it is for Bede's feastday. We can both honor God and the infinite One's Mother by crowning Mary, Queen of the May. This is a delightful feast!
One may recall this special event if one was privileged to go to parochial school as a young person and participate in the May procession in honor of St Mary. Perhaps your parish or religious educational program offered you the opportunity to witness the crowning of Mary.
Bring flow'rs of the fairest,
Bring flow'rs of the rarest,
From garden and woodland and hillside and dale.
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our glad voices telling,
The praises of the loveliest,
Rose of the vale.
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.
O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today.
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.
Our voices ascending
In harmony blending
O!thus our hearts turn,
Dear Mother, to thee,
O! Thus shall we prove thee
How truly we love thee,
How dark without Mary life's journey would be.
O Virgin most tender,
Our homage we render,
Thy love and protection, sweet Mother, to win,
In danger, defend us,
In sorrow befriend us,
And shield our heart from contagion and sin.
Bede links below:
The next link is perhaps the most comprehensive, scholarly and magnificent of any links on Bede and perhaps of any doctors on this site. It may take a second or two to download.
A link on the only Doctor of the Church that is entitled Venerable, from the web site and the ministry of Dr Marcellino D'Ambrosio listed below.
Saint Bede, the Venerable
The below web site contains comprehensive resources on our church, faith, the bible, saints, writings, apologetics, evangelization, family issues, links, and many pertinent services. This superior and highly organized web site (see Table of Content) is a most fascinating site with beautiful prayers, devotions, and really too much to enumerate. A truly universal catholic site.
This link on Julian Norwich, who was a mystic and English writer provides a fascinating and splendid insight into God's nature and religion.
Pioneers of the Spirit is a wonderful introduction to the lives of the mystics. This series will inspire anyone who watches it to pursue their own spiritual journey with the same passion as Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, Dante Aligheri, Ignatius Loyola, William Blake, Augustine of Hippo and Teresa of Avila. See www.visionvideo.com. Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490
The link is below: Vision Video
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