Saint Jerome, one of the four original Western doctors of the Church, is perhaps best known for translating the Bible from Greek (the Septuagint) into Latin (the Vulgate). A brilliant scholar, Saint Jerome bears certain similarities to the current pope. Unlike Pope Benedict XVI, however, Saint Jerome could be a remarkably prickly man. Nevertheless, like Pope Benedict, he believed deeply in the mercy of Christ.
In honor of Saint Jerome's feast day (September 30), I have chosen this Prayer of Saint Jerome for Christ's Mercy as our novena of the week. To complete the novena on the eve of Saint Jerome's feast day, begin praying it on September 21.
(A stained-glass window of Saint Jerome, one of the four original Western Doctors of the Church, in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Rockford, Illinois. Photo © Scott P. Richert)