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  • stnephon@aol.com
    serbian-english BOOKS OF THE MORTALS St. Jerome It was many years ago when, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, I had cut myself off from my home, my
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 8, 2002
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      serbian-english

      BOOKS OF THE MORTALS
      St.
      Jerome

      It was many years ago when, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, I had cut
      myself off from my home, my parents, my sister, my kinsmen, and -- what was
      even more difficult -- from an accustomed habit of good living. I was going
      to Jerusalem to be a soldier of Christ. But I could not do without the
      library which I had collected for myself at Rome by great care and effort.
      And so, poor wretch that I was, I used to fast and then read Cicero.....In
      about Mid-Lent a fever attacked my enfeebled body and spread to my very
      vitals, what I say is almost beyond belief, but without cessation it so
      wrought havoc upon my wretched limbs that my flesh could scarcely cling to my
      bones. Meanwhile preparations for my funeral were being made. My entire body
      was already cold....Suddenly I was caught up in the spirit and dragged before
      the tribunal of the Judge. Here there was so much light and such a glare from
      the brightness of those standing around that I cast myself on the ground and
      dared not look up. Upon being asked my status, I replied that I was a
      Christian. And He who sat upon the judgment seat said: "You lie. You are a
      Ciceronian, not a Christian. Where your treasure is, there is your heart
      also." I was struck dumb on the spot. Amid the blows -- for He had ordered me
      to be beaten - I was tormented the more by the flames of conscience. I
      repeated to myself the verse "And who will confess you in hell? (Ps. 6.5)
      However, I began to cry aloud and say with lamentation: "Have mercy on me,
      Lord, have mercy upon me"....Finally....the bystanders besought Him to have
      mercy on the young man, granting me opportunity to repent of my error and
      then to exact the penalty if I ever again read books of pagan literature...To
      the surprise of all, I opened my eyes, which were suffused with such showers
      of tears that my grief produced belief in the incredulous...After that I read
      God's word with greater zeal than I had previously read the writings of the
      mortals.
            St. Jerome, Letter 22 to Eustochium

      brotherhood of st Nephon - NYC - br.hadzi Stefan~Igor - bratstvo sv Nifona


      KNJIGE SMRTNIH

      Sv Jeronim

      Bilo je to pre mnogo godina kad sam se, radi carstva nebeskog, odsekao od
      svog doma, roditelja, sestre, rodbine i - sta je bilo jos teze - od
      naviknutogudobnog zivljenja.  Isao sam u Jerusalim da budem vojnik Hristov. 
      Ali, nisam mogao bez biblioteke koju sam sakupljao za sebe u Rimu uz mnogo
      paznje i napora.  I tako, bednik kakav sam bio, uobicavao sam da postim a
      onda citam Cicera…Negde Sredinom Posta groznica je napala moje oslabljeno
      telo i prosirila se na sve moje vitalne organe.  Ono sto sam proziveo bilo je
      neverovatno, ali ne prestajase tako da nacini veliku stetu po mojim kukavnim
      udovima da se meso jedva drzalo na kostima.  U medjuvremenu su se odvijale
      pripreme za moj pogreb.  Celo moje telo je vec bilo hladno…Iznenada sam se
      uzneo duhom i odvukli su me na sud pred Sudiju.  Tu je bilo toliko svetla i
      takav odsjaj od onih sto stajese okolo da sam se bacio na zemlju, i nisam se
      usudjivao da podignem pogled.  Na pitanje o svom polozaju, odgovorih da sam
      Hriscanin.  A On Koji je sedao na tronu sudijskom rece: "Lazes.  Ti si
      Ciceronac, a ne Hriscanin.  Gde ti je blago, tu ti je i srce."  Zanemeo sam
      na mestu.  U sred udaraca - posto je naredio da me istuku - vise me mucio
      plamen savesti.  Ponavlajo sam sebi stih "Ko ce za tebe svedociti u paklu?
      (Ps. 6,5).  Ipak sam poceo naglas da kukam i naricajuci govorim: "Smiluj se
      na mene, Gospode, smiluje se na mene"… Konacno, oni sto okolo stajase, usrdno
      zamolise Njega da se smiluje na mladica, pruzajuci mi priliku da se pokajem
      za svoje greske a onda da odredi kaznu ako ikada vise budem citao knjige
      paganske literature…  Na zaprepascenje svih, otvorih oci koje su bile
      oblivene suzama da moja tuga proizvede veru u nezamislivo…Posle toga sam
      citao rec Boziju sa vecom revnoscu nago sto sam ranije citao knjige smrtnika.
      Sv. Jeronim, Pismo 22 Justohiju





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    • frpeterjackson
      Christ is born! I just want to thank you for regular contributions of spiritual contemplations. Not only are they edifying spiritually, by posting them in two
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 9, 2002
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        Christ is born!

        I just want to thank you for regular contributions of spiritual
        contemplations. Not only are they edifying spiritually, by posting
        them in two languages, I am slowly learning how to read Serbian!

        Fr. Peter Jackson
      • catherine elaine sullivan
        Fr. Peter- are you the Fr. Peter (in Buffalo now) who was Chris Ely s godfather? If so, I am the person whose house was used for the reception! I would like
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 9, 2002
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          Fr. Peter- are you the Fr. Peter (in Buffalo now) who was Chris Ely's
          godfather? If so, I am the person whose house was used for the reception! I
          would like to hear from your wife re. religious education. flicka68@...

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          Catherine

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        • stnephon@aol.com
          thank you father and remmember me in your prayers br igor [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          Message 4 of 4 , Jan 9, 2002
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            thank you father and remmember me in your prayers
            br igor


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