Monday, January 25, 2010

Conversion of St. Paul

But the Lord said to him,
"Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name
before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;
for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."
[Acts 9, 15-16]

Of course I have heard the Pauline epistles at Mass, Sunday after Sunday. It wasn't until reading Anne of Green Gables and other fiction of that era that employ Scripture in the prose that I realized how little of the epistles I knew offhand; it wasn't until the year of St Paul I read the epistles through for the first time. Take some time for that reading today, and share your favorite Pauline quote (or 2!) in the combox.

My picks are:
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. [Rm 8, 28]

And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. [Gal 6, 9]
Top Image: Michelangelo, The Conversion of Saul, 1542-45
Bottom Image: Abraham Ortelius, Pilgrimage of St Paul, 1579

1 comment:

Margaret Mary said...

Romans 8:28 is already mentioned so I'll list a few others:

1 Corinthians 2:9 "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love him." (Of course, Paul is quoting Isaiah but I always read it here.)

Philippians 1:6 "I am sure of this much: that he who has begun the good work in you will be faithful to complete it."

Philippians 4:8 "...Your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise."

... and so many more!