Today, May 31, is the feast day of St. Petronilla, an early Christian saint, who died in Rome at the end of 1st century.
“She lived when Christians were more solicitous
to live well than to write much”
Jerome was a priest, confessor, theologian and historian. He was born at Stridon, a village near Emona on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia . He is best known for his translation of most of the Bible into Latin (the translation that became known as the Vulgate), and his commentaries on the Gospels. His list of writings is extensive
The protégé of Pope Damasus I, who died in December of 384, Jerome was known for his teachings on Christian moral life, especially to those living in cosmopolitan centers such as Rome. In many cases, he focused his attention to the lives of women and identified how a woman devoted to Jesus should live her life. This focus stemmed from his close patron relationships with several prominent female ascetics who were members of affluent senatorial families.
He is recognized as a Saint and Doctor of the Church by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Anglican Communion. (Bio via Wikipedia)
Here is an insightful, and perpetually relevant clip from his writings…
St. Hildegard was not only a prominent mystic and theologian, she also was a composer. Her works are reminiscent of the tradition of Gregorian chant, and will appeal to those who appreciate medieval chants.