|Father Bede Reynolds with my wife Micki in 1985|
Father Bede Reynolds, from 1975 to 1980, authored six books, to help those seeking the truth in troubled times, beginning with his autobiography, A Rebel from Riches. Kenyon Reynolds had been a millionaire, with most every material possession and opportunity one could ask for, but gave it all away and became a Benedictine monk, taking a vow of poverty.
When my wife Micki was making her journey into the Catholic Church in the early 1980's, her godparents, Mary and Henry Beach, suggested she contact Fr. Bede at the Westminster Abbey in British Columbia to ask if he would be her spiritual advisor. She did, and Fr. Bede was happy to correspond with her, counsel her and pray for her. At the request of Mary and Henry, he also sent her all six of his books, autographed. When Micki found herself in an R.C.I.A. class that was not in faithful accordance with Church teaching, Fr. Bede wrote: "I advise you, by all means, to discontinue attendance at the Catechumenate Class without making any comment to the teacher or to other members of the class." Eventually she also found a local priest in Everett, Washington, Fr. Edmund Long, who gave her private instruction.
Throughout this time, I was bitterly anti-Catholic, and made life a living hell for what should have been a joyous time for Micki, until it all came to a head, which you can read about in my conversion story. In November of 1984 Fr. Bede wrote: "I am praying every day for the conversion of your husband. God will help him, but He will not compel his acceptance of Grace."
Finally, in 1985, Micki went with her godparents up to meet Fr. Bede in person. He was 93 years old. They told her as they were going down the hall that, because of his advanced age, they didn't know if he would recognize or remember them or the correspondence they had had; and that although he had been very active writing books and teaching theology and apologetics, he was now on R&R (Rest and Rosary). When she walked in the room and introduced herself, they found Fr. Bede in a corner, quietly meditating and fingering his rosary beads with one hand and holding a copy of Fr. Stefano Gobbi's book, Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests. He was wearing a long, black cassock and high-topped, black, tennis shoes. When Mary Beach introduced her to Fr. Bede, he perked up and said with a smile, "I know you! I pray for you every day!"
I was delighted now when Alba Books gave me permission to reproduce all of Fr. Bede Reynold's books here in the Butter Rum Cartoon. They have been too long out of print, and I'm grateful to God to be given the opportunity to share them with you. In order carefully to read each one, I am typing them out rather than simply scanning pages in some expedient method, and as I finish each one, all you have to do is click on the title below to go the book. (If I can type them, you can read them.) Enjoy, and God bless you.
A REBEL FROM RICHES
HOW COME MY FAITH?
PROJECT SAINTHOOD, YOUR BUSINESS
LET'S MEND THE MESS
DRAW YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE LORD
HELP US, O GOD!
For the complete contents of the Butter Rum Cartoon, click here.