Diligent in his study of the Scriptures and of the Church’s theology, serious in his prayers, arduous and thorough in his work as priest and scholar, [Bede] is a shining example to all who take their faith and their vocations seriously.
Throughout his teaching, moreover, Cyril shows a depth of Biblical fluency, connecting multiple events, figures, and prophecies from throughout the Old and New Testaments to the topics at hand.
Bernard had such a longing for Christ. Though he was as complex as any sinner-saint, and though we might well find fault with some of the positions he maintained and the things he did, he was consistent in this: he preached Christ Jesus.
Behind all of Ignatius’ words and teaching is the heart of a true pastor and follower of Jesus. His concern, like that of St. Paul, was always the welfare and faithfulness of the individual Christians who made up the congregations to which he wrote, and the welfare of those congregations corporately.
“Naboth defended his vines with his own blood. And if he did not give up his vineyard, shall we give up the Church of Christ?”
We must clothe ourselves in foolishness that we may gain wisdom—not in the foolishness of hazardous conclusions, but in the foolishness of a modest sense of our own infirmity…