Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bede for Today


Lately (amid crises) I've been trying to read some of the works of the Venerable Bede (late 600s-early 700s). Here's a sample:

When the depredations of its enemies had ceased, the land enjoyed an abundance of corn without precedent in former years; but with plenty came an increase in luxury, followed by every kind of crime, especially cruelty, hatred of truth, and love of falsehood. If anyone happened to be more kindly or truthful than his neighbours, he became a target for all weapons of malice as though he were an enemy of Britain. And not only the laity were guilty of these things, but even the Lord's flock and their pastors. Giving themselves up to drunkenness, hatred, quarrels, and violence, they threw off the easy yoke of Christ.

Suddenly, a terrible plague struck this corrupt people, and in a short while destroyed so large a number that the living could not bury the dead.


Food for thought, isn't it?

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