The Word Among Us

November 2004 Issue

The Zigzag Journey of a "Porcupine Saint"

The Story of St. Jerome

By: Kevin Perrotta

There’s a religious goods company that sells saint dolls—cuddly figures with sweet smiles, designed to join the stuffed animals on a young child’s bed. Featured saints include Francis of Assisi and Thérèse of Lisieux. It is unlikely that St. Jerome will ever be included in the set.

Jerome is not one of the warm fuzzy saints. Someone has called him a porcupine saint. He could be very prickly, especially with people who...

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