Saint Bede the Venerable (672-735)
for May 25
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Saint Bede was a man of unparalleled learning. In addition to his supreme intelligence, Saint Bede was utterly devoted to God. These two qualities--his faith and his intelligence--led him to the conclusion that it was the responsibility of the Church to encourage the abandonment of violence. Saint Bede, perhaps more than many saints, has something to teach our society. As a nation, we wage violent wars that kill many innocent people, we torture terrorists, we support capital punishment and we fund many foreign leaders who ruthlessly harm their people. As Saint Bede reminds us, it is very difficult to justify such actions as Christians, because we believe that our fundamental duty is to follow and imitate Jesus, who died selflessly to save others, not hurt them. In what ways could you encourage the cessation of violence?
Dear Jesus, please help the world to be more peaceful and help me to be an instrument in spreading the love that will ultimately lead to peace.