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ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST JEROME, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 30

Jerome was born in Strido in Dalmatia. As a youth, he was baptised at Rome and was educated in the liberal arts by Donatus and other very learned men. From a religious motive he travelled through all of Palestine. Then he retired into the vast desert of Syria. There he spent four years reading the divinely inspired books and meditating upon the blessedness of heavenly things.

HE MEDITATED UPON THE BLESSEDNESS OF HEAVENLY THINGS

After being ordained a priest by Paulinus, Bishop of Antioch, he returned to Palestine, to Bethlehem, to be close by the Crib of Christ the Lord. Here he drew up for himself a holy rule and overcame the snares of the devil by pious works and constant reading and writing. From all over the world he was called upon as an inspired authority to settle questions about the interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

AN EXPERT IN THE INTERPRETATION OF SACRED SCRIPTURE 

Pope Damasus and St Augustine consulted him often about very difficult passages of Scripture because of his singular knowledge and understanding not only of the Latin and Greek languages, but also of Hebrew and Chaldaic. He translated the Old Testament from the Hebrew. At the command of Pope Damasus, he made a faithful translation of the New Testament from the Greek and also wrote commentaries on many parts of Scripture. In his extremely old age, he passed [A. D. 420]. He was buried in Bethlehem, and was later transferred to Rome and entombed in the basilica of St Mary Major.

PRAYER:

O God, who graciously gave your Church blessed Jerome, your Confessor and peerless teacher, to explain the Holy Scriptures, grant, we beseech you, that, with the help of his merits and by your assistance, we may be able to put into practice what he has taught us by his life and works. Through our Lord.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]

 

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“WHAT IS CONCEIVED IN HER IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” (Mt 1:17)

• “‘What is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 1:17)

• ‘The Church believes that the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of human history is to be found in its Lord and Master (Gaudium et Spes 10).

• The title Christ comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah which means ‘anointed’. Jesus is the Lord’s Anointed, the promised Messiah and Saviour. ‘To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.’ (Luke 2:11). The name ‘son of God’ was given to angels, the people of Israel and kings. However, St Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Son of the Living God could only have been revealed to him by the grace of revelation, a gift from God the Father. The Hebrew name YHWH is translated into Greek as ‘Kyrios’. The New Testament uses the title Lord to describe God the Father but also for Jesus. To confess that Jesus is Lord is to believe in his divinity.

• Father, no one can know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God or Lord, except by the power of the Holy Spirit. Give me that Spirit in abundance.

• Our Father…, ten Hail Marys…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for… ”
– From the Resource for the Year of Faith 2012 by Alive Publishing. For their publications please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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