One of the things that stands out about St Jerome is his love of sacred Scripture. He said: ‘Make knowledge of the Scriptures your love … Live with them, meditate on them, make them the sole object of your knowledge and inquiries’.

He is also often shown with a lion at his feet, as in the image below. Tradition has it that the saint was giving a lecture to his students, when a lion came in, limping from a thorn in its paw. Everyone else ran away, but Jerome examined the paw and drew out the thorn. The lion remained with him until his death. So we see the relationship between man and creation restored as it was in Paradise before the Fall.

May St Jerome pray for us, that our love of sacred Scripture may be continually deepened, and may God bless you.