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Thought for the Day – 30 September – The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Thought for the Day – 30 September – The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Pope Benedict XVI – 7 November 2007 –

Catechesis on St Jerome (1)

What can we learn from St Jerome?   It seems to me, this above all – to love the Word of God in Sacred Scripture.

St Jerome said:  “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ”.   It is therefore important that every Christian live in contact and in personal dialogue with the Word of God given to us in Sacred Scripture.   This dialogue with Scripture must always have two dimensions:  on the one hand, it must be a truly personal dialogue because God speaks with each one of us through Sacred Scripture and it has a message for each one.   We must not read Sacred Scripture as a word of the past but as the Word of God that is also addressed to us and we must try to understand what it is that the Lord wants to tell us. However, to avoid falling into individualism, we must bear in mind that the Word of God has been given to us precisely in order to build communion and to join forces in the truth on our journey towards God.   Thus, although it is always a personal Word, it is also a Word that builds community, that builds the Church.   We must, therefore, read it in communion with the living Church.   The privileged place for reading and listening to the Word of God is the liturgy, in which, celebrating the Word and making Christ’s Body present in the Sacrament, we actualise the Word in our lives and make it present among us.   We must never forget that the Word of God transcends time  . Human opinions come and go.   What is very modern today will be very antiquated tomorrow.   On the other hand, the Word of God is the Word of eternal life, it bears within it eternity and is valid for ever.   By carrying the Word of God within us, we therefore carry within us eternity, eternal life.ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of christ - st jerome - 30 sep 2018

I thus conclude with a word St Jerome once addressed to St Paulinus of Nola (354-431).  In it the great exegete expressed this very reality, that is, in the Word of God we receive eternity, eternal life.   St Jerome said: “Seek to learn on earth those truths which will remain ever valid in Heaven” (Ep. 53, 10)…. Pope Benedict XVI – 7 November 2007 – Catechesis on St Jerome (1)

St Jerome, Pray for us!st-jerome-pray-for-us-30-sept-2017

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Sunday Reflection – 30 September – Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Reflection – 30 September – Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

It is remarkable how it was the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament in Catholic churches that more than anything else impressed and moved Blessed John Henry Newman, even more than the Mass itself.

And so it was that the feature of his new religious life as a Catholic that most struck him came as a complete surprise – namely, the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament in Catholic churches.   He wrote in a letter to a close friend, herself about to become a Catholic a few months later:

“We went over not realising those privileges which we have found by going.   I never allowed my mind to dwell on what I might gain of blessedness – but certainly, if I had thought much upon it, I could not have fancied the extreme, ineffable comfort of being in the same house with Him who cured the sick and taught His disciples …

When I have been in Churches abroad, I have religiously abstained from acts of worship, though it was a most soothing comfort to go into them – nor did I know what was going on;  I neither understood nor tried to understand the Mass service – and I did not know, or did not observe, the tabernacle Lamp – but now after tasting of the awful delight of worshipping God in His Temple, how unspeakably cold is the idea of a Temple without that Divine Presence! One is tempted to say what is the meaning, what is the use of it?”

“It is really most wonderful to see this Divine Presence looking out almost into the open streets from the various Churches … I never knew what worship was, as an objective fact, till I entered the Catholic Church.”

“It is such an incomprehensible blessing to have Christ in bodily presence in one’s house, within one’s walls, as swallows up all other privileges …”

i never knew what worship was - bl jh newman - 30 sept 2018 - sunday reflection

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Quote/s of the Day – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

“Love Sacred Scripture and wisdom will love you;
love it tenderly and it will protect you;
honour it and you will receive its caresses.
May it be for you, as your necklaces and your earrings.”

“Love the science of Scripture and you will not love the vices of the flesh”

“The Scriptures are shallow enough,
for a babe to come and drink,
without fear of drowning
and deep enough,
for theologians to swim in,
without ever reaching the bottom.”love sacred scripture - love the science of scriptue - the scriptures are shallow enough - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“A false interpretation of Scripture,
causes that the gospel of the Lord,
becomes the gospel of man,
or, which is worse,
of the devil.”a false interpretation - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Does one not seem to dwell, already here on earth,
in the Kingdom of Heaven,
when one lives with these texts,
when one meditates on them,
when one does not know or seek anything else?”does one not seem to dwell - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Martyrdom does not consist only
in dying for one’s faith.
Martyrdom also consists, in serving God,
with love and purity of heart,
every day of one’s life.”
Divine Saviour,
we come to Your sacred table
to nourish ourselves,
not with bread but with Yourself,
true Bread of eternal life.
Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal
of this divine food.
Let us be continually refreshed
by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love.
Meanwhile, let us prepare a place
for this holy food by emptying our hearts.”martyrdom-does-not-st-jerome-30-sept-2017

“It is our part to seek,
His to grant what we ask;
ours to make a beginning,
His to bring it to completion;
ours to offer what we can,
His to finish what we cannot.”it is our part to seek - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Begin now,
what you will be,
hereafter.”begin now what you will be hereafter - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“The face is the mirror of the mind
and eyes without speaking.
confess the secrets of the heart.”the face is the mirror - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

“Instead of speaking saintly words,
we must act them.”

St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

More here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/quotes-of-the-day-30-september-the-memorial-of-st-jerome-347-419-father-and-doctorinstead of speaking - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 30 September – Today’s Second Reading: James 5:1–6

One Minute Reflection – 30 September – Today’s Second Reading: James 5:1–6 – Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you...James 5:1

REFLECTIONS – “The condemnation is severe because “wealth is idolatry” that seduces people and Jesus knew people could not serve two masters — they must choose either God or money.   Wealth grabs you and doesn’t let you go and it goes against the first commandment to love God with all one’s heart.   It also goes against the second commandment to love one’s neighbour, because a love of wealth destroys the harmonious relationship between us and makes us selfish.   It ruins life, ruins the soul. Wealth can turn people into slaves!   Loving wealth destroys the soul and cheating people of their just wages and benefits, is a mortal sin!”…Pope Francis 24 May 2018come now you rich - james 5 1 - wealth can turn people into slaves - pope francis - 30 sept 2018

PRAYER – Dear and Holy God, let us offer You all our daily struggles against sin and evil. Grant us the strength to resist all forms of idolatory, to seek only You and never to allow the material goods of this world to seduce us.   Sustain us ever more with Your word and help us to find in it, the source of life.   May the prayers of St Jerome be a strength and succour for our journey.   We ask this through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, Amen.st-jerome-pray-for-us-2.30 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

Our Morning Offering – 30 September – Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor

A light for our Path
By St Jerome

O Lord,
You have given us Your word
for a light to shine upon our path,
grant us so to meditate on that word
and follow its teaching,
that we may find in it,
the light that shines more and more
until the perfect day.
Amena light for our path - lord you have given us your word - st jerome - 30 sept 2018

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Saint of the Day – 30 September – St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 30 September – St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint Jerome, born in Dalmatia in 347, was sent to school in Rome.   His boyhood was not free from fault, his thirst for knowledge was excessive and his love of books, a passion. He had studied under the best masters, visited foreign cities and devoted himself to the pursuit of learning.st jerome info - MY EDIT- 30 sept 2018

But Christ had need of his strong will and active intellect for the service of His Church.  He told him in a supernatural experience he never forgot, that he was not a Christian, but a Ciceronian – your heart is where your treasure is, said the Lord to him — that is, in the eloquent writings of antique times.   Saint Jerome obeyed the divine call, making a vow never again to read profane works and another of celibacy.

In Rome he had already assisted a number of holy women to organise houses of retirement where they consecrated themselves to God by vow.  Calumnies, arising from jealousy, made a certain headway against the scholar whose competence was beginning to attract honours.SAMSUNG

He fled from Rome to the wild Syrian desert and there for four years learned in solitude, intense sufferings and persecution from the demons, new lessons in humility, penance and prayer and divine wisdom.   I was very foolish to want to sing the hymns of the Lord on foreign soil and to abandon the mountain of Sinai to beg help from Egypt, he declared.NORTH ITALIAN SCHOOL - ST JEROME - SNIP DETAIL

Pope Damasus summoned him back to Rome and there assigned to the famous scholar, already expert in Hebrew and other ancient languages, the task of revising the Latin Bible.   Saint Jerome obeyed his earthly Head as he had obeyed his Lord.   Retiring once more in 386 to Bethlehem, the eloquent hermit sent forth from his solitary cell not only a solidly accurate version of the Scriptures but during thirty years’ time, a veritable stream of luminous writings for the Christian world.   He combated with unfailing efficacy several heresies being subtly introduced by various personages in his own region and elsewhere.Hans_Memling_-_St_Jerome_and_the_Lion - YOUNGER_-_WGA14946

For fourteen years the hand of the great scholar could no longer write but Saint Jerome could still dictate to six secretaries at a time, to each on a different subject, in those final years.   He died in his beloved Bethlehem in 420, when over 80 years old.   His tomb is still in a subterranean chapel of its ancient basilica but his relics were transported to Saint Mary Major Basilica of Rome, where the crib of Bethlehem is conserved.HEADER ST JEROME-813x1024

BERNINI'S ST JEROME IN THE VATICAN
Bernini’s St Jerome at St Peter’s Basilica

 

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Memorials of the Saints – 30 September

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (2018)

St Jerome (Memorial) (347-419) Father and Doctor
St Jerome! here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/saint-of-the-day-30-september-st-jerome-347-419-father-and-doctor-of-the-church/

St Amatus of Nusco
St Antoninus of Piacenza
St Castus of Piacenza
St Colman of Clontibret
Bl Conrad of Urach
St Desiderius of Piacenza
St Enghenedl of Anglesey
St Eusebia of Marseilles
Bl Frederick Albert
St Honoratus of Canterbury
St Ismidone of Die
Bl ean-Nicolas Cordier
St Laurus
St Leopardus the Slave
Bl Ludwik Gietyngier
St Midan of Anglesey
St Simon of Crépy
St Ursus the Theban
St Victor the Theban

Martyrs of Valsery Abbey: An unknown number of Premonstratensian monks at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Valsery, Picardie, France who were martyred by Calvinists. They were martyred in 1567 at Valsery, Pircardy, France