DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 30TH
[The following is from the book: Pictorial Lives of the Saints, compiled from "BUTLER'S LIVES AND OTHER APPROVED SOURCES, BENZIGER BROTHERS, 1899.]
SAINT JEROME, born in Dalmatia,
A.D. 329, was sent to school at Rome. His boyhood was not free from fault. His
thirst for knowledge was excessive, and his love of books a passion. He had
studied under the best masters, visited foreign cities, and devoted himself to
the pursuit of science. But Christ had need of his strong will and active
intellect for the service of His Church. St. Jerome felt and obeyed the call,
made a vow of celibacy, fled from Rome to the wild Syrian desert, and there for
four years learnt in solitude, penance, and prayer a new lesson of divine
wisdom. This was his novitiate. The Pope soon summoned him to Rome, and there
put upon the now famous Hebrew scholar the task of revising the Latin Bible,
which was to be his noblest work. Retiring thence to his beloved Bethlehem, the
eloquent hermit poured forth from his solitary cell for thirty years a stream of
luminous writings upon the Christian world.
REFLECTION.—" To know," says St. Basil, "how to submit thyself with thy whole soul, is to know how to imitate Christ."
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask Saint Jerome to pray for your needs and your family today.
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