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Maria Luisa Duarte  Identity Verified
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I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy St Jerome's Day (International translation Day) for tomorrow Thursday 30th September 2004.

" Jerome, Priest and Doctor
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

Most of the saints are remembered for some outstanding virtue or devotion which they practiced, but Jerome is remembered too frequently for his bad temper! It is true that he had a very bad temper and could use a vitriolic pen, but his love for God and his Son Jesus Christ was extraordinarily intense; anyone who taught error was an enemy of God and truth, and St. Jerome went after him or her with his mighty and sometimes sarcastic pen.

He was above all a Scripture scholar, translating the Old Testament from the Greek. He also wrote commentaries which are a great source of scriptural inspiration for us today. He was an avid student, a thorough scholar, a prodigious letter-writer and a consultant to monk, bishop and pope. St. Augustine said of him, “What Jerome is ignorant of, no mortal has ever known.”

[Jerome] traveled extensively in Palestine, marking each spot of Christ’s life with an outpouring of devotion. Mystic that he was, he spent five years in the desert of Chalcis so that he might give himself up to prayer, penance and study. Finally he settled in Bethlehem where he lived in the cave believed to have been the birthplace of Christ.

On September 30, 420, Jerome died in Bethlehem. His feast is now celebrated on September 30.

—excerpted from Saint of the Day,
revised edition, published by
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2001"

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Looks like being a great day .... Sep 29, 2004

... at least for me, because at the moment I'm not under terrific stress to get some job finished the day before yesterday ...

- Croc

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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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translator living in a cave Sep 29, 2004

sounds somehow familiar..

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ROCHA-ROBINSON  Identity Verified
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Maria Luisa... many thanx! Sep 29, 2004

All the very best to MLD and everyone else - from a 40ºC plus 'cave' in central Brazil!!



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Fabiana Papastefani-Pezzoni  Identity Verified
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Yeah... Sep 30, 2004


All the very best to MLD and everyone else - from a 40ºC plus 'cave' in central Brazil!!



Gosh I envy you, Steven. It is such a rainy and dark day here in Kiev, Ukraine...very much in line may be with the mood of our saint. Well, what can I say, really all the best to every one for our international day.


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Mandy Williams  Identity Verified
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Flowers and choccies Sep 30, 2004

Working on a project a few years ago, I tried to convince everyone it was the done thing to give translators flowers and chocolates on their patron saint's day. They didn't believe me...

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Berni Armstrong  Identity Verified
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All the best ... Sep 30, 2004

to all of you.

But please don't start a debate on the appropriateness of this Christian Saint to the worldwide community today...... mainly because we HAD that heated debate last year.

Patron or no patron -
have a great day
oh you deserving translators!


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