Would St. Jerome Go to the Library?

St. Jerome

September 30 is the feast of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, patron of libraries. The most scholarly of the church’s early theologians, Jerome has an extensive list of writings.  His commentaries and letters offer a peek into fourth-century life in Rome, but he is probably best known for translating the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate).  Medieval paintings of the saint always show him with a large book.Which has me wondering:  If Jerome, scholar that he was, were alive today, would he go … [Read more...]

A New Doctor of the Church! (And Six Ladies Waiting.)

Six women, from throughout Europe.  They didn’t know one another; but each enjoyed a deep mystical relationship with God.  They are:Saint Veronica Giuliani –Italy Saint Hildegard of Bingen –Germany Saint Gertrude of Helfta –Germany Saint Bridget –Sweden Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque –France Blessed Julian of Norwich –EnglandThe common thread uniting these saints and blesseds—apart from their discernible sanctity—is that all are on the list to be considered for the title of “Doctor of the … [Read more...]


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