October 2019 Update
October 2019 Update
Our Lady and St Thomas children are proud to take part in the Church and the ongoing mission to spread the word of God.
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.
2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.
During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word. It’s an opportunity to enrich school life and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who speaks’.
The God Who Speaks
“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.” 1 John 1:1
Who was Saint Jerome?
October’s ‘Focus’ falls on St. Jerome. Who was he? What can we learn from him?
Love the Holy Scriptures and Wisdom will love you
The year 2020 marks the 1600th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest minds in the Church’s history. Who is this man called St. Jerome? What can we learn from his wealth of biblical knowledge?
From a Lover of Secular Writings to a Lover of Sacred Scriptures
Reading the Bible may be difficult for many Christians today. Compared to other books especially our favourite novels and classics, it may be dry and uninteresting. This was the same experience of St. Jerome. How then do we love the Scriptures like St. Jerome? This great saint would say, “Love to occupy your mind with the reading of scripture.”
To love Scriptures, is to love Jesus, the Word of God made flesh and the greatest reward is that Jesus, who is also the Wisdom of God will pour our love in return. This love is a great help to conquering personal weaknesses as Jerome teaches. A knowledge of the Scriptures increases the love for it and the desire to immense oneself deeper into it.
“Meditate on the law of the Lord day and night”
Jerome often invited his friends to “meditate on the law of the Lord day and night.” Meditation has a twofold goal – prayer and action. While the first transforms the person, who has the “Scriptures in his hands and prays frequently, the second transforms the people who benefit from the person who has meditated on the Scriptures.
“Learn by heart a portion of the Scripture.”
Jerome insists on committing “a fixed number of lines” to memory each day and never to “let the sacred volume be out of your hand”. In this way the scriptures will flow through our words and actions.
“Worse to be ignorant of my ignorance”
St. Jerome points out that there is a great danger in claiming knowledge of the Scriptures when in fact one has not studied or do not understand it.
“Have a guide to show you the way”
Jerome does not exclude anyone from the study of Scriptures, but his rule of thumb is that anyone who must teach the sacred book must be well trained in it.
“I cull these flowers from the holy scriptures”
Jerome allowed the Scriptures to flow from his lips and his ink. He referred to scripture passages which he quoted so generously in his writings as flowers. This reveals a man who had soaked himself in the divine word such that it permeated every fabric of his being. Jerome invites us to love the Scriptures and allow it guide our lives.
He believed that “the word of God is a pearl and may be pierced on every side”. Thus, it should be employed in addressing various issues in life because it contains “countless divine answers”. A knowledge of Scriptures, for Jerome, can help in resolving issues that border on every aspect of life, for instance, on the raising children in the way of God, grief, refuting errors, and for fostering peace and reconciliation.