Pope Benedict on St. Bede the Venerable
Venerable Bede, the evangelist of the British Isles between the seventh and eighth centuries, contributed to the building of Christian Europe. Benedict XVI recalled this, dedicating the General Audience catechesis to the works of this important medieval scholar.His style of doing theology, through weaving together the Bible, liturgy and history, brings a message that still has value today. To scholars, Bede reminds that the Word of God should be presented in an attractive way for the faithful. To pastors, that the priority should be given to preaching and to the use of common language. The religious are asked to collaborate in the work of evangelization. Lay people should learn to pray and form themselves in the gospel and for parents, that the focus of their work should be the Christian education of their children. For his tireless commitment, Bede was compared to a new sun that God raised from the west to illuminate the world.
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