Saint Jerome is about four centuries after the birth of Christ, on a Christmas night, a pilgrim in Bethlehem. He longs to worship the cave of birth humbly and prays.
He heard in a vision the sweet voice of the Divine Infant addressing him and he cried…
– Hieronymus, what will you offer me today, the day of my birth?
O Divine Infant, you know, for You I have abandoned everything. . . and the court of the High Priests, and the greatness of Rome, and the pleasures and riches. . . And at this time my mind, my whole heart, my thoughts, and my life still, everything belongs to You! What else could I give you? I have nothing else to give… today, the day of your birth.
Then he hears the voice of the Divine Infant saying to him:
– You have Jerome, you have something you forget and today I want you to put under my feet.
What is this Heavenly King, love of my love and soul of my life, I really have nothing else to give you? I would be so anxious to save something for myself! Tell me, sweetheart Jesus, what more can I give you?
… And after a moment of silence, he heard the voice of the child Jesus, answering him!
– Jerome, give me your sins!
– My sins, Holy God?!
What can you do about my sins?
– Jerome, give me all your sins so that I can forgive them all.
And Saint Jerome burst into tears full of emotion, happiness, and love and worshiped the Divine Infant.