The Call to Perfection, financial Asceticism, and Jerome

Augustinianum 52 (1):197-218 (2012)

Abstract
The encounter between Jesus and the rich young man in Mt. 19,16-30 provides the setting for the teachingon the attaining of perfection, which is presented as a three-step process: the selling of one’s possessions, the distribution of the proceeds to the poor, andthe following of Christ . It was a passage to which Jerome appealed frequently in hiswritings and which Finn, in his recent monograph, believes demonstrates Jerome’s extreme views. In this paper I shall examine Jerome’s references to this biblical passage in his letters and treatises to evaluate whether the first two steps in the process were consideredequally virtuous by Jerome
Keywords Catholic Tradition  History of Philosophy  Major Philosophers  Philosophy and Religion  Religious Studies
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DOI 10.5840/agstm20125219
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