Saint Bede was called the Venerable while he was still alive. He is the one English Doctor of the Catholic Church. Saint Bede was educated by a saint, Saint Benedict Biscop, and was ordained by a saint, Saint John of Beverley. He was crystal clear, simple and childlike in all his positive affirmations about the beauty, the clarity and the necessity of the Catholic Faith for the salvation of souls. He died on the eve of the Ascension, in the year 735, at the age of sixty-two. His last words were, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost!” Saint Bede was called Venerable during his life because his writings were so challenging and holy that they were read from pulpits at Mass by other Catholic priests.
Saint Bede the Venerable (735)
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