There is another quality of St. Jerome’s character that will console many of us who struggle to be virtuous and holy, a quality which surprises many whose image of sanctity lacks a sense of how Christ’s holiness transforms human character. Jerome was known for being a cantankerous fellow. He struggled at times with the virtue of patience, could be overbearing with those who disagreed with him, and had a reputation for being cranky. One commentator on Saint Jerome’s life noted that perhaps Jerome chose to be a hermit, not so much as a heroic act of sacrifice, but because had he not lived alone, he most assuredly would not have been a saint!
–from The Word on Fire, via Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda
have i found my patron? oh, and see that lion on the saint’s right? Jerome tamed him by taking a thorn out of his paw. the lion was devoted to Jerome from that day forward.