Devoted to the Word

Saint of the Day:  Jerome

Dalmatian, b. circa 345, d.420 in Bethlehem

Scholar, scribe, confessor, theologian, monk, Doctor of the Church

patron of scripture scholars, librarians, students, translators, and cranky people

Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ. — Commentary on Isaiah

From a moderately wealthy family, Saint Jerome was sent to Rome to study. After a powerful dream in which God accused him of being more like Cicero than Christ, Jerome broke with the world and resolved to study only God’s books. He was known for his strong will and sharp tongue (and pen) and believed anyone who taught error was an enemy of God and truth. Jerome wrote openly about his enemy Lust, admitting that even while fasting, he used to envision himself among the dancing maidens of Rome. Among other places, Jerome traveled to Palestine and lived in the cave believed to have been the birthplace of Christ. He spent thirty years translating the Gospels and the Old Testament from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, as Latin was the language of the Romans and began to displace Greek in the Western part of the empire and writing commentaries on scripture. The Church used Jerome’s Vulgate Bible for 1,500 years. To this day, Latin continues to be the official language of the Church.

Love the holy Scriptures, and wisdom will love you. Love wisdom, and she will keep you safe. Honor wisdom, and it will embrace you round about. Let the jewels on your breast and in your ears be the gems of wisdom. Let your tongue know no theme but Christ, let no sound pass your lips that is not holy… — Letter to Demetrias, a highborn lady of Rome

If aught could sustain and support a wise man in this life or help him to preserve his equanimity amid the conflicts of the world, it is, I reckon, meditation on and knowledge of the Bible. — Commentary on the Letter to the Ephesians

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