"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Ode to Bede

I have the Venerable Bede on my mind at the moment.  I found this quote by him today:

Better a stupid and unlettered brother who, working the good things he knows, merits life in Heaven than one who though being distinguished for his learning in the Scriptures, or even holding the place of a doctor, lacks the bread of love.

Too often we can value the school of our head over the schools of the heart and the hands.  As the celebrated church historian, Bede knew too well the failures of the community to manifest Christ’s love.  It is easy to think good and loving thoughts, but it stands to be much harder to translate these thoughts into physical bread for the person we find ourselves with at that moment.

How can we translate what we profess into action?


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