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Saint Jerome (c. 345–420)

Saint Jerome (c. 345–420)

Patron saint of librarians

Feast day: September 30

Saint Jerome, a Scripture scholar, translated most of the Old Testament from Hebrew. He also wrote commentaries on the Bible that are still used today. In order to do this work, he took his studies seriously.

Jerome also had little patience for religious leaders who thought more about worldly things than about the true spiritual life. Faced with people who were spreading falsehoods, he often challenged them with a sarcastic tongue that got him into trouble. Yet Saint Jerome’s personal holiness was clear to all, and he has been declared a Doctor of the Church. (From Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens [Saint Mary’s Press])

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