Fabiola and Her Radical Charity

“Blessed Jesus, what zeal, what earnestness she bestowed upon the sacred volumes!” Jerome wrote. “In her eagerness to satisfy what was a veritable craving she would run through Prophets, Gospels, and Psalms: she would suggest questions and treasure up the answers in the desk of her own bosom. And yet this eagerness to hear did not bring with it any feeling of satiety.” Many questions had to do with biblical names and places, often causing Jerome to admit his ignorance. To her insistence, he finally promised he would research those matters and dedicate the resulting essays to her.

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