I had never heard of James Alison until I saw claims about his possessing “the power of the keys” (in virtue of a phone call he allegedly received from Pope Francis) in news feeds and, though I know nothing about his canonical situation beyond what I read in a wiki page dedicated to him (a page […]
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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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 […]