Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30: Saint Jerome

Saint Jerome,
by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri


Born in the year 342, Saint Jerome was raised to be a Christian, but when he went to Rome as a young man to continue his education, he lost his way. Little by little, Jerome started to make his own pleasure more important than anything else, except on Sundays, when he would visit the tombs of the martyrs. Then he went on a trip to see the Holy Land. He ended up living with monks in the desert for four years, where he fought against temptation until he dreamed that he was being judged for his Christian life. “Where your treasure is, your heart is also,” the judge said. That’s when Jerome was able to leave behind all his selfish ways. He became an expert on the Biblical languages and provided a corrected Latin translation of the New Testament, the psalms and most of the Old Testament for the Church.


The Bible was Saint Jerome’s treasure, and that’s where his heart was. He worked very hard to make sure that all Christians had the most accurate translation of the Bible. Today, memorize Bible verse that gave Saint Jerome victory over temptation: Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

Saint Jerome, pray for us!

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