On a day like today, the Feast of St. Jerome, I am struck by this incredible lack. Jerome isn't exactly the best saint to tell children about (though he is wonderful and I love him dearly!). Hot tempered, scholarly, and at one point a bit of a womanizer--these aren't things you want your children to model themselves after. Nor do you want to tell them the story about how he used to sit on the wall of his monastery and throw rocks (pebbles, I hope!) at children so they'd leave him alone. (Though perhaps you parents know the feeling...)
But even St. Jerome gives us a story which seems perfect for a children's book, as my friend Mr. N reminded me this morning. A lion came with a thorn in his paw to St. Jerome's monastery, and St. Jerome plucked it out. The Lion then found a home in the monastery. The telling of the story in the Golden Legend has lost of hilarious lines, like
"And then the lion began to run joyously throughout all the monastery, as he was wont to do, and kneeled down to every brother and fawned them with his tail, like as he had demanded pardon of the trespass that he had done."This image of a lion prancing around a monastery is just so hilarious, and I really think it would make a wonderfully silly picture book. One of these days, I'll write one perhaps.
In the meantime: what are your favorite Saint and Religious Books?