St Jerome: Letters
THE SAINT PACHOMIUS ORTHODOX
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The Blessèd Jerome:
Wm. Henry Fremantle, 1893
Paulinus had sent Jerome a copy of his book in defence of the Emperor
Theodosius and a letter asking for advice on the ascetic life.
Paulinus' messenger was
Vigilantius, later a notable heretic.
Vigilantius had accused Jerome of Origenism. Jerome, in
turn, attacks Vigilantius' claim that the
stone unhewn by hand refers to Satan.
Promising to write a book against Vigilantius,
and defending the veneration of relics.
To a Mother and Daughter Living in Gaul.
Both widowed mother and single daughter
are trying to live as nuns, but through some disagreement
live apart. Moreover, both have invited male monastics
to live with them as "chaste protectors". Jerome
addresses some of the problems of
"double monasticism" and
"monasticism in the world", and of
He also paints an extremely vivid portrait of an upper-class
Roman dinner-party -- not particularly decadent, but
still an inappropriate place for nuns.
About deacons, that they are not as high-ranking
as priests. Seems almost to equate bishops and priests.
The St. Pachomius
Orthodox Library, Righteous Hannah, Mother of Samuel, 2005.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servant the
translator William, and upon Edie!
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!