Saint Jerome is proof that saints aren’t perfect. In fact, Saint Jerome was known as crabby, irritable, and sarcastic, and yet he still made it to sainthood—of course, by asking for God’s help to become a better person. Jerome made a lot of enemies in his life, but he is perhaps most known for his great kindnesses, especially for removing a thorn from the paw of a suffering lion. The Church honors Saint Jerome on September 30. Read more about this complicated saint and share Jerome’s story with your children and families. Look for this in the Family Seasonal Resources.
Image description: Saint Jerome, 16th-century fresco, Saint Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
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