Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Conversion of St. Paul, Disciple

Conversion of St. Paul
Today is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Disciple.  The following is from a sermon in praise of St. Paul by St. John Chrysostom (347 AD -407 AD):

Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what virtue this particular animal is capable. Each day he aimed ever higher; each day he rose up with greater ardor and faced with new eagerness the dangers that threatened him.  He summed up his attitude in the words: "I forget what is behind me and push on to what lies ahead."  When he saw death imminent, he bade others share his joy: "Rejoice and be glad with me!" And when danger, injustice and abuse threatened, he said: "I am content with weakness, mistreatment and persecution." These he called the weapons of righteousness, thus telling us that he derived immense profit from them.

St. Paul, pray for us.

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