Today is the feast day of St Jerome who retired to the desert to lead a life of prayer & penance, and befriended a lion by removing a thorn from its paw. This tempera & oil painting on panel from the circle of Giovanni Bellini, on display in Gallery 43, shows the saint reading in a rocky wilderness (with the lion behind the rocks). In the background is a landscape typical of the northern Veneto. Devotional images were often given specific local settings to help with prayer and meditation.

Today is the feast day of St Jerome who retired to the desert to lead a life of prayer & penance, and befriended a lion by removing a thorn from its paw. This tempera & oil painting on panel from the circle of Giovanni Bellini, on display in Gallery 43, shows the saint reading in a rocky wilderness (with the lion behind the rocks). In the background is a landscape typical of the northern Veneto. Devotional images were often given specific local settings to help with prayer and meditation.

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Saint Agatha, who presides over matters of health.

Saint Agatha, who presides over matters of health.

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Mystics of the Church: Intercession of St Therese in the lives of six Mystics

Mystics of the Church: Intercession of St Therese in the lives of six Mystics

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St. Dymphna

St. Dymphna

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signum-crucis:  “M. le Curé,” his missionary said to him one day, “If God were to give you your choice of going directly to Heaven, or remaining here on earth to labour for the conversion of sinners, what would you do?” “I think I would remain here.” “Oh! M. le Curé, is it possible? The Saints are so happy in Heaven!” “That is true, but they can no longer glorify God, as we can, by sacrifices for the salvation of souls.”

signum-crucis: “M. le Curé,” his missionary said to him one day, “If God were to give you your choice of going directly to Heaven, or remaining here on earth to labour for the conversion of sinners, what would you do?” “I think I would remain here.” “Oh! M. le Curé, is it possible? The Saints are so happy in Heaven!” “That is true, but they can no longer glorify God, as we can, by sacrifices for the salvation of souls.”

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The incorrupt body of St. Bernadette Soubirous, who saw Our Lady of Lourdes

The incorrupt body of St. Bernadette Soubirous, who saw Our Lady of Lourdes

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St. Peter Julian Eymard

St. Peter Julian Eymard

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St Monica Prayer

St Monica Prayer

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Novena to St Rita - Patron of the Impossible

Novena to St Rita - Patron of the Impossible

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