Conversion: Homily for Saturday, September 30, 2017

Readings for Today

I read a post from Sherry Weddell about Saint Jerome that underscored how conversion is a process.  Saint Jerome was quite a complex person.  He lived a wild life as a youth, became a Catholic, but did not really convert, according to Weddell’s post, until later. In fact, it was the bible that played an important part.  “Ignorance of scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

It causes me to think about how well I know Jesus.  And it causes me to ask if I have really allowed Jesus to change my heart.  Or, is it the case that all too often I simply go through the motions.  Perhaps I need to pay more attention to the story of Saint Jerome.  Becuase it is clearly the case I can know Jesus better each day.

Homily for Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Readings for Today

Every know and then, the example of a saint is presented that provides me with hope. Hope that my own feeble attempt at imitating Jesus just could result in holiness. From what I know of Saint Jerome, he is a saint that provides me with hope. Putting it lightly, let me say that at least in terms of what I know of Saint Jerome, he was a bit of a curmudgeon.

Saint Jerome had a bit of a temper, and was known to express that temper as a vitriolic writer. But what ultimately was most important about Jerome was his love of Sacred Scripture. Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. He was arguably one of the best scholars of his day. Said Saint Augustine, “What Jerome is ignorant of, no mortal has ever known.

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