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Letter 22 to Eustochium

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In this deeply personal and introspective letter written by Saint Jerome to his friend Eustochium, the reader is given a glimpse into the inner thoughts and struggles of a devout man of faith. Jerome reflects on the challenges and temptations he faces in his daily life and offers advice and encouragement to Eustochium on how to maintain her own faith amidst the trials of the world.

The letter is filled with beautiful and poetic language, as well as profound insights into the nature of sin, virtue, and the spiritual life. Saint Jerome's humility and vulnerability shine through in his writings, making it easy for readers to relate to his struggles and find inspiration in his words.

Overall, "Letter 22 to Eustochium" is a powerful and thought-provoking piece of Christian literature that will resonate with anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of faith and spirituality. Saint Jerome's wisdom and compassion are evident throughout the letter, making it a valuable resource for those looking to strengthen their relationship with God.

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St. Jerome's most famous letter , written to St. Eustochium, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Roman widow St. Paula. St. Jerome exhorts St. Eustochium to embrace virginity and teaches her the proper conduct of a young woman. It contains his:
1. view that God, though omnipotent, cannot restore a fallen virgin
2. vivid description of fasting and temptation
3. view of abortion, that it is murder
4. term superbiam sanctam, virginity a "holy pride"
5. praise of wedlock, that it gives him virgins
6. further reading recommendations on virginity
7. "Do you read? He [God] speaks to you."
8. dream where the Judge condemns him a Ciceronian, not a Christian
9. description of the three types of monasticism
- Summary by Geremia

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