Jerome was a Roman Christian who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. His father instructed him in the Christian faith, but sent him to a famous pagan school. There, Jerome grew to love pagan writings and lost some of his love for God. Yet, in the com-pany of a group of holy Christians, with whom he became great friends, his heart was turned completely to God. He was baptized as a young adult.
Later, this brilliant young man decided to live alone in a wild desert. For four years he lived a life of prayer and penance, struggling against temptations. He learned Hebrew and wrote a biography of St. Paul of Thebes. He became such a great scholar of Hebrew that he could later translate the Bible into Latin, which, at that time, was understood by anyone who could read. Many more people were then able to read and understand the Holy Bible. After his time in the desert, Jerome went to Antioch and was ordained a priest. He went to Constantinople to study Scripture and then to Rome, where he revised the Latin version of the Gospels.
St. Jerome spent long years of his life in a little cave at Bethlehem. There he prayed, studied, and translated the Bible. He taught many people how to serve God. He wrote a great many letters and books to explain the faith.
St. Jerome died in Bethlehem in 420. He is a Doctor of the Church.
To overcome his strong temptations, St. Jerome worked and studied hard. He also read the Bible. We can imitate Jerome’s wonderful habits of hard work, serious study, and frequent reading of the Bible. God’s holy Word has the power to change us for the better.
-Daughters of St Paul