In today's General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI continued his catechesis on St. Jerome, begun last week. Last week, he mentioned St. Jerome's work with Scripture. This week, he mentioned St. Jerome's work in education in living according to the ethical teachings of Scripture: responsibility "before God and before man is the
true condition for progress, peace and reconciliation and as a result
the exclusion of violence." The Pope mentioned that St. Jerome sought a broad education for the young, both men and women.
An article is available from Asia News. Full translations are available from the Vatican, Zenit and from Teresa Benedetta at Papa Ratzinger Forum.
Here is a quote from the Pope's summary in English at the end of the General Audience, as reported by Zenit:
"In this week's catechesis we continue our reflections on Saint Jerome, the priest and scholar who was responsible for the Latin translation of the Bible known as the Vulgate. Convinced that "ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ", Jerome everywhere urged the daily, prayerful study of the word of God. He insisted that the correct interpretation of the Scriptures demands not only the interior assistance of the Holy Spirit but also conformity to the Church's authoritative teaching. Jerome stressed the importance for all Christians, but especially for preachers, of ensuring that their lives accord with the ethical teaching offered in the sacred texts. Devotion to the word of God also shaped Jerome's ascetic doctrine, which emphasized the virtue of obedience and encouraged the pious practice of pilgrimage, particularly to the Holy Land. Finally, by his spiritual counsel, especially to parents, he emphasized the importance of a broad and disciplined Christian education for the young, including women. Jerome's integration of the enduring values of classical civilization and the wisdom of the inspired word of God made him one of the great figures of the emerging Christian culture of late antiquity."
At the end of the General Audience, the Holy Father mentioned the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, which were in Rome from November 9 to 14, were brought to the patio of St. Damasus outside the papal apartments. According to the Information Service of the Discalced Carmelite Curia, he "venerated the relics in his private chapel, remaining a long time on his knees, recollected in prayer." Zenit also has an article about it, quoting the Pope's words about the relics:
"St. Thérèse would have liked to learn the languages of the Bible in order to better understand sacred Scripture," he said. "Following her example and that of St. Jerome, dedicate time to frequent reading of the Bible. By familiarizing yourselves with the Word of God, you will discover Christ and remain in intimate contact with him."