“In many places, we would be celebrating the Solemnity of the Ascension but here we are celebrating Thursday in the 6th Week of Easter and, happily enough, an optional memorial of the Venerable St. Bede. In light of our foregoing discussions, I would like to reflect briefly on the Venerable Bede as one who literally exercised what is today called ‘the Benedict option’: He withdrew from the world and entered monastic life.
“Born in the 7th century, Bede likely hailed from a noble family in the English Kingdom of Northumbria. When Bede was still very young his family entrusted him to the twinned monasteries of Ss. Peter and Paul, in Wearmouth and Jarrow. By all accounts he was a man of great talent and skill. Indeed, he was an early medieval ‘Renaissance man’, if I may say so. History, theology, philosophy, math, music, grammar – little escaped his capacious mind. One might wonder what he might have done had he not become a monk.”
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