Monday, October 1, 2007
St. Jerome - Patron St. of Librarians
and grumpy people
I didn't want to let the day pass without acknowledging St. Jerome. St. Jerome gave us what was to become the Latin Vulgate. I've often been partial to him, because unlike a lot of saints, Jerome wasn't known for suffering fools gladly. He was a great scholar, and wasn't afraid of women with brains, as evidenced by his friendship with St. Paula. I think I'd have liked St. Jerome in real life, and I hope he'd have liked me too. I'm partial to the doctors of the church. I love St. Therese of Lisieux, but I don't think I could have bitched up a storm with her, like I could have with St. Jerome.
The picture's by Colantonio. St. Jerome is pulling a thorn from the lion's paw. They look like they understand each other.
Happy Birthday to my friend Christine, whose birthday falls on St. Jerome's feast day. She's a librarian too.