The Last Day of September, 2010
* St. Jerome is very often depicted with a lion and is associated with the medieval story in which the saint's charity in pulling a thorn from a lion's paw makes a pet of the lion. In art, this Doctor of the Church usually has a lion reclining at his feet as he writes with a feather in a big book, indicating the Bible. Ther is, however, no mention of a pet lion in any of the multitudinous letters St. Jerome wrote in his lifetime, nor any other documentation of such an alliance. It's believed that this story was transferred to St. Jerome from the tradition of St. Gerasimos, a monk also of the fifth century. The confusion is easily forgiven, though, because a lion seems such an appropriate symbol for as strong and unflinching a champion of the Faith as St. Jerome.
St. Jerome died on September 30th, 420. His relics lie in the Sistine Chapel in St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome.
St. Jerome, Confessor, Doctor of the Church, Father of the Vulgate, Pray for us!
* Here's a coloring page from a Durer Albrecht engraving -- and here's another one, same artist .
* You can find super instructions for making a lion cake to celebrate St. Jerome's feast here or here. Or you could make a book cake to symbolize the Bible -- instructions here or here (video). Or you could make an owl cake, as an owl is sometimes used to indicate the wisdom and scholarship of St. Jerome.