Today's Saint (September 30): Jerome, Priest, Confessor & Doctor
Jerome (C. 341-420) was born in Strido, in Dalmatia. He was well educated, very bright and a master of rhetoric.
During a serious illness, he had a dream in which he appeared before the judgment seat of God and was condemned for being a worldly follower of Cicero rather than a follower of Christ. He eventually acted on the warning of this dream, becoming a hermit and devoting himself to the study of the Hebrew language, so that he might read the Scriptures in their original language.
His intellect and labours were later used in the translation of the Bible into Latin, which is known to us today as the Vulgate version. May we use the gifts God has given us for His greater glory.
The accompanying picture is of Peter Paul Rubens' "Saint Jerome."
"A faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household: to give them their portion of meat in due season" - St. Luke 12. (From the day's communion verse, page F 28, The People's Anglican Missal).
Books Worth Considering
Jerome: Select Letters (Loeb Classical Library No. 262)
Jerome (The Early Church Fathers)
A History of the Church in England
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)