Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Commemoration of Saint Paul - 3 Cl.


Saul of Tarsus was first a great persecutor and made havoc of the infant Church. Miraculously converted, he began his three great Apostolic Voyages and wrote his Epistles. After a captivity of two years in Caesarea, he came to Rome and travelled to that part of the Church situated beyond Italy. He was beheaded A.D. 65.


O God, who by the preaching of blessed Paul the Apostle, didst teach the multitude of the Gentiles: grant, we beseech Thee, that we who celebrate his heavenly birthday, may also experience his patronage.

'For neither did I receive it of man, nor did I learn it; but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.'

What could we suffer for the Faith that this divine Apostle did not? Who has sweated, toiled, been mocked, or shed his blood like Paul? Who has loved his own people as much as this man, who was willing to even suffer condemnation if the Jews would turn back to their God?

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