Sept. 30, 2015 (the Memorial of St. Jerome)

St. Jerome was one of the most learned men of his age (and one of the most irascible). He learned Greek, Hebrew, and Latin and produced the Vulgate translation of the Bible (the official Bible of the Catholic Church for centuries). He had an ongoing correspondence (debate) with St. Augustine and defended the faith against Arianism (the denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ). He wrote that Arius’ problem was “too much Scottish porridge.” He also reminded us that “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”


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