ST BEDE THE VENERABLE, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH; FEAST DAY: MAY 25
Bede was a priest who was born at Jarrow near the Border of Britain and Scotland. He became a monk and combined a life of full devotion to the liberal arts and sacred sciences with one of unmitigated religious discipline. He was thoroughly familiar with every branch of learning, but his chief concern was the study of Sacred Scripture.
Upon ordination, he accordingly began expounding the Sacred Books, and adhered to the Fathers strictly, stating nothing contrary to their opinions and, in most instances, using their own words. He hated laziness, and alternately read and prayed.
Many of his books aim at moral reformation and the defence and affirmation of the faith. These gained him such a reputation everywhere that his writings were publicly read in the churches during his lifetime. At last, weakened by age and work, he died a holy death. Leo XIII declared him a Doctor of the universal Church.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964