Jerome’s Holy Vulgarity

All saints change history, often in ways that are mysterious and opaque, but at times more obviously so. Such is Saint Jerome, to whom we may attribute the first truly ‘critical’ edition of the Bible, an edito typica, an official version of the Holy Word of God.
As a youth, Jerome, Hieronmyous as he would have been known, seems to have been dissiipated, indulging in the usual hedonistic student pastimes; but he would always repent, visiting the catacombs, meditating on death, eternity and the possibility of hell. A classicist, the words of Virgil would haunt him: Horror ubique animos, simul ipsa

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Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

On October 1, we celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. We are very fortunate to have a shrine dedicated to St. Thérèse in our diocese. The Carmelites have a long standing presence in the diocese and for this I am most grateful. This is the saint who said that her vocation is to love and then […]

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The Relentless God

WERE YOU startled by what you heard in the reading of Moses holding back the anger of God? It certainly provides a picture of God different from that which we usually entertain. There God was angry, full of wrath, ready to wipe out the entire Hebrew nation because of their idolatry with the golden calf. And then—even moresurprisingly—he changed his mind when Moses argued him out of it. The meaning of this passage for us Christians is not that God really could be angry or changeable, but the fact that Moses’ powerful prayer is a foreshadowing of the more potent intercession

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The Assistance of Angels and Archangels in Human Affairs

(A blessed Sunday to all our readers, which would have been the feast of the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – or Michaelmas in the usus antiquior – we are publishing this piece from a writer, John Tuttle, new to these pages. As well, we are approaching the memorial of the seven billion or so Guardian Angels on October 2nd. So, please do enjoy. Editor)
Countless exemplars of faith in God have come and gone through the ages. They stand as reminders to how God can transform even the coldest of hearts. But these men and women who come and

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