Saint for the Day - January 25 - The Conversion
of St. Paul
The great apostle Paul,
named Saul at his circumcision, was born at Tarsus,
the capital of Silicia, and was by privilege a Roman
citizen, to which quality a great distinction and
several exemptions were granted by the laws of the
empire. He was early instructed in the strict
observance of the Mosaic law, and lived up to it in
the most scrupulous manner.
In his zeal for the Jewish law, which he thought the
cause of God, he became a violent persecutor of the
Catholics. He was one of those who combined to
murder St. Stephen, and in the violent persecution
of the faithful which followed the martyrdom of the
holy deacon, Saul signalized himself above others.
By virtue of the power he had received from the high
priest, he dragged the Catholics out of their
houses, loaded them with chains, and thrust them
into prison. In the fury of his zeal he applied for
a commission to take up all Jews at Damascus who
confessed Jesus Christ, and bring them bound to
Jerusalem, that they might serve as examples for the
others. But God was pleased to show forth in him His
patience and mercy.
While on his way to Damascus, he and his party were
surrounded by a light from heaven, brighter than the
sun, and suddenly struck to the ground. And then a
voice was heard saying, "Saul, Saul, why dost thou
persecute Me?" And Saul answered, "Who art Thou,
Lord?" and the voice replied, "I am Jesus, Whom thou
dost persecute." This mild expostulation of Our
Redeemer, accompanied with a powerful interior
grace, cured Saul's pride, assuaged his rage, and
wrought at once a total change in him. Wherefore,
trembling and astonished, he cried out, "Lord, what
wilt Thou have me to do?" Our Lord ordered him to
arise and to proceed on his way to the city, where
he should be informed of what was expected from him.
Saul, arising from the ground, found that, though
his eyes were open, he saw nothing.
He was led by hand into Damascus, where he was
lodged in the house of a Jew named Judas. To this
house came by divine appointment a holy man named
Ananias, who, laying his hands on Saul, said,
"Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, Who appeared to thee
on thy journey, hath sent me that thou mayest
receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy
Ghost." Immediately something like scales fell from
Saul's eyes, and he recovered his sight.
Then he arose and was baptized; he stayed some few
days with the disciples at Damascus, and began
immediately to preach in the synagogues that Jesus
was the Son of God. Thus a blasphemer and a
persecutor was made an apostle, and chosen as one of
God's principal instruments in the con. version of
Saint for the Day - The Conversion of St. Paul
Read about the Saint for today - January 25 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Listen to the words of the
"Imitation of Christ," and let
them sink into your heart: "He
who would keep the grace of God,
let him be grateful for grace
when it is given, and patient
when it is taken away. Let him
pray that it may be given back
to him, and be careful and
humble, lest he lose it."
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