Saint Paula Romana, Widow

  Born in 347, St. Paula, a Roman, was of noble background.  She had five children, widowed, she converted her palatial home into a Catholic center of learning, dedicating herself to charity and lading an austere life, guided by St. Jerome. She died in 404 in a monastery near Bethlehem, the very one she herself had founded. She is often depicted with St. Jerome,  a community of his having benefited from her endowment of a hospice for it. In the above image St. Jerome is not present; she is surrounded by those she gave alms to.


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