You May Have Noticed

Although I picture sanctity robed in the gentle manner of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, I think I need to find another saint to show me how I can tame sarcasm, anger and cynicism.  Is there some sort of “Way” for me?  St. Jerome may be my man, since he won a halo despite his reputation for fury.  I haven’t read anything, however of his having tempered his temper or tamed his tantrums.  Perhaps, my best bet is to be myself and allow life to wear my down like a rock in a tumbler chipping away turn after turn.  The prospect hurts!  I know,  the saints  “Count it all joy!”  Turning up the prayer  can’t hurt.  I’m a candidate for your prayer list, wouldn’t you say?  I change very slowly,  so this blog probably won’t witness any miracles.  I’m open to one,  though!

One thought on “You May Have Noticed

  1. Jerome is the only great saint who is not a Pelagian heretic. All the others got into heaven because of their fine virtues and winning personalities, but Saint Jerome got in by the grace of God alone. I suspect he enjoys this joke, if indeed he did not himself whisper it into my ear. Saint Jerome lived a very long life facing constant hostility to his core mission. Unlike his friend Bonosus, he was not called to be a hermit, as he would have liked. Unlike his friend Pammachius, with whom he shared the best education Rome could afford, Jerome was not a Patrician of senatorial rank, but only an Equestrian with ambitious parents who were deeply disappointed in his turn toward holiness, asceticism and learning–a turn that took him away from gaining a powerful position in the Empire. Maybe because of his irascible temperament, Jerome was able to put up with heavy criticism for teaching women on a par with men, and to persevere in his project to translate the Scriptures accurately from the original languages–a project which had been authorized by Popoe Damasus, but for which Jerome was frequently condemned as a Judaising heretic. His sanctity is all the greater for being of a kind not readily liked, not easily sugar-coated, not easily undertaken. If Saint Jerome had a natural defect of fortitude (resulting in his not infrequent outbursts), he certainly poaid for it in a life which became an iconic representation of fortitude. He persevered to the end, his weaknesses filled to the brim with the strength of God. Keep on loving Saint Jerome, Lioness. You are not alone, and the Church needs more like the Doctor of the Literal Sense.

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