Monday, 30 September 2013
St. Jerome, Pray for Us
A great little article may be found here. http://www.americancatholic.org/messenger/Sep1997/feature2.asp
And, wiki has a fascinating article of the painting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Jerome_Writing_(Caravaggio,_Valletta)
Here is a snippet from the first article. He once described the heretic Pelagius as the most stupid of persons whose wits were dulled by too much Scottish porridge.
By the way, Jerome is probably the "brainiac" of the Doctors of the Church. And, if you see a painting of him with lion, there is a legend that after he took a thorn out of this lion's paw, it became his pet.
However, the lion is a symbol of St. Jerome's status in the Church-we owe him our Bible, the Vulgate, for one thing, and the example of friendship in the Lord. He was friends for years with St. Paula. One of Jerome's most famous letters is to her daughter.