May 25 – Saint Bede the Venerable


listenBlessed Lord, Saint Bede the Venerable combined contemplative prayer with theological studies, always hungry to discover more of the riches of the Faith.  He especially admired the spirituality of the Blessed Mother, because: “Mary attributes nothing to her own merits.  She refers all her greatness to the gift of One whose essence is power and whose nature is greatness, for He fills with greatness and strength the small and the weak who believe in Him.”  I ask Saint Bede to pray for me to become more like Mary, humble and aware of my need for You, so that I may grow in the riches of true Faith.  Saint Bede the Venerable, pray for me.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint Bede the Venerable (672-735)

quoteHe (Jesus) saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: Follow me. This following meant imitating the pattern of his life — not just walking after him. St. John tells us: “Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”

quoteBy meditating upon the incarnation, our devotion is kindled, and by remembering the example of God’s Mother, we are encouraged to lead a life of virtue. Such virtues are best achieved in the evening. We are weary after the day’s work and worn out by our distractions. The time for rest is near, and our minds are ready for contemplation.”

quoteOn hearing Christ’s voice, we open the door to receive him, as it were, when we freely assent to his promptings and when we give ourselves over to doing what must be done.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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