ST. JEROME. . .
Daniel, wise at the age of
twelve, convicted the elders, who in vain carried their grey hairs, of being
false accusers. Samuel, while still a child, reproved Eli who was ninety
years old for giving honour to his sons rather than to God.
In like manner, Jeremiah also
received this message from God, "Say not I am a child." Solomon
was made king at twelve years of age and gave that terrible and difficult
judgment in the case of the two women concerning their children. At eight,
Josiah cast down the altars and temples of the idols and burned down the
groves for they were dedicated to demons and not to God.
Youth is not to be despised
when it is devoted to God. But he is to be despised who is of a wicked mind,
although he be old and full of wicked days.
As a boy, Daniel judged old
men and, in the flower of youth, condemned the incontinence of old
Blaesilla...attained in a
short time of her youth a long time of virtue.
Sts. Jerome and Ignatius
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The women who ought to
scandalize Christians are those who paint their eyes and lips with rouge and
cosmetics; whose chalked faces, unnaturally white, are like idols; upon
whose cheeks every chance tear leaves a furrow; who fail to realize that
years make them old; who heap their heads with hair not their own; who
smooth their faces and rub out the wrinkles of age; and who, in the presence
of their grandsons, behave like trembling schoolgirls.
With what confidence can a
woman raise features to heaven which her Creator fails to recognize?