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171—St. Jerome’s Letters to Friends in Mourning—David G. Bonagura, Jr.

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 15, 2023 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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A new collection of letters shows the tender side of St. Jerome, as he writes to console various friends on the death of their loved ones. Translator and editor David G. Bonagura, Jr., joins the podcast to discuss Jerome’s Tears: Letters to Friends in Mourning.

Topics include:

  • Jerome’s Christian twist on the “consolatory epistle” genre practiced by many great pagan writers before him
  • The network of holy friends and disciples (like St. Paula) to whom and about whom he writes in these letters
  • Jerome’s tactics for helping someone move out of an excessively long mourning period
  • How the death of a loved one is an opportunity to give ourselves more radically to God
  • Jerome’s recommendation of continence to married couples beyond their child-bearing years

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