On September 30th, the Church celebrates the witness of St. Jerome, priest, scholar and Doctor of the Church. Saint Jerome lived in the 4th century AD.
Saint Jerome was gifted with a brilliant mind that he surrendered to Christ. He allowed the Lord Jesus to use his intellectual gifts to further the mission of the Church. His greatest intellectual legacy is his Latin translation of the Bible. This translation allowed many people to read, study and listen to the Scriptures in a language that they could understand. It might be difficult for us to imagine that Latin used to be a common language, rather than something archaic, but when Jerome translated the Bible from Greek and Hebrew texts into Latin his goal was to make the Bible as accessible as possible to the culture of his time.,,