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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.
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]
THE HAPPINESS OF HIM THAT SHALL BELIEVE IN CHRIST; NOTWITHSTANDING THE HUMILITY AND POVERTY IN WHICH HE SHALL COME: THE MALICE OF HIS ENEMIES, ESPECIALLY OF THE TRAITOR JUDAS.
Unto the end, a psalm for David himself.
Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day.
The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth: and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord help him on his bed of sorrow: thou hast turned all his couch in his sickness.
I said: O Lord, be thou merciful to me: heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
I said: O Lord, be thou merciful to me: heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
My enemies have spoken against me: when shall he die and his name perish?
And he came in to see me, he spoke vain things: his heart gathereth together iniquity to itself.
He went out and spoke to the same purpose.
All my enemies whispered together against me: they devised evils to me.
They determined against me an unjust word: shall he that sleepeth rise again no more?
For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, hath greatly supplanted me.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy on me, and raise me up again: and I will requite them.
By this I know, that thou hast had a good will for me: because my enemy shall not rejoice over me.
But thou hast upheld me by reason of my innocence: and hast established me in thy sight for ever.
Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel from eternity to eternity. So be it. So be it.
An exhortation to the praise, and service of God.
For David, when he changed his countenance before Achimelech, who dismissed him, and went his way (1 Kings [1 Samuel] 21.)
I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be always in my mouth.
In the Lord shall my soul be praised: let the meek hear and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me; and let us extol his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me; and he delivered me from all my troubles.
Come ye to him and be enlightened: and your faces shall not be confounded.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him: and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear him: and shall deliver them.
O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that hopeth in him.
Fear the Lord, all ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
The rich have wanted, and have suffered hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good.
Come, children, hearken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man that desireth life: who loveth to see good days?
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Turn away from evil and do good: seek after peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and his ears unto their prayers.
But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things: to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he will save the humble of spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will the Lord deliver them.
The Lord keepeth all their bones, not one of them shall be broken.
The death of the wicked is very evil: and they that hate the just shall be guilty.
The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall offend.
All wisdom is from God, and is given to them that fear and love God.
All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time.
Who hath numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of the world? Who hath measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss?
Who hath searched out the wisdom of God that forth before all things?
Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
The word of God on high is the foundation of wisdom, and her ways are everlasting commandments.
To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed, and who hath known her wise counsels?
To whom hath the discipline of wisdom been revealed and made manifest? and who hath understood the multiplicity of her steps?
There is one most high Creator Almighty, and a powerful king, and greatly to be feared, who sitteth upon his throne, and is the God of dominion.
He created her in the Holy Ghost, and saw her, and numbered her, and measured her.
And he poured her out upon all his works, and upon all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given her to them that love him.
“WHEN MEN ARE WEIGHED DOWN … THEY WANT SOMETHING TO LEAN ON, HOLIER, DIVINER, MORE STABLE THAN THEIR OWN MINDS”
“It is far more certain that Revelation must contain a message, than that message must be in Scripture…
It is very well for educated persons, at their ease, with few cares, or in the joyous time of youth, to argue and speculate about the impalpableness and versatility of the divine message, its chameleon-like changeableness; but when men are conscious of sin, are sorrowful, are weighed down, are desponding, they ask for something to lean on, something external to themselves … they want something to lean on, holier, diviner, more stable than their own minds … a creed, a creed necessary to salvation, they will have; a creed either in Scripture or out of it; and if in Scripture, I say, it must be, from the nature of the case, only indirectly gained from Scripture.”
– Bl. John Henry Newman; “The Truth that gives Life must be presented to us.” D.A., 133-34
“On … Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, let us prayerfully reflect on some of the words contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Holy Spirit.
‘The HOLY SPIRIT comes to meet us and kindles faith in us. By virtue of our Baptism, the first sacrament of the faith, the Holy Spirit in the Church communicates to us, intimately and personally, the life that originates in the Father and is offered to us in the Son.’ (Section 683).
‘The Holy Spirit is at work with the Father and the Son from the beginning to the completion of the plan for our salvation. But in these ‘end times’, ushered in by the Son’s redeeming Incarnation, the Spirit is revealed and given, recognised and welcomed in a person. Now can this divine plan, accomplished in Christ, the firstborn and head of the new creation, be embodied in mankind by the outpouring of the Spirit: as the Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.’ (section 686)
The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:
• In the Scripture he inspired;
• In the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are already witnesses;
• In the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;
• In the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us in communion with Christ;
• In prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;
• In the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;
• In the signs of apostolic and missionary life;
• In the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation (section 688).”
– From “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris” (June 2014)