St. Jerome was heavily interested in classical literature and worldly culture as a young man—not a ready-made saint, by any means. He was baptized in Rome at about age twenty. His conversion to Christ eventually set his heart ablaze for not only a thirst for the truth but an ardent zeal for guarding and transmitting it.
Doctors of the Church
Although St. John Chrysostom died in poverty and exile, stricken by hunger and weakness as he fled from his enemies whose hearts and minds were set on his destruction, his own heart and mind were hidden away with God, flooded with the warmth and love of divine and heavenly light, secure in Christ his Savior and Redeemer.