Saturday, October 5, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 43

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Day Forty-Three

The Conversion of St. Paul

Today we pray one of the Hidden Mysteries - the Conversion of St. Paul: the appearance of the Resurrected Jesus to Paul on the Road to Damascus.

So much can be said about Paul, and so much about this mysterious moment ...

He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9:4)

... as the Son of David speaks to Saul; echoing David himself, speaking to another Saul ...

"Wherefore doth my lord persecute his servant? What have I done? or what evil is there in my hand?" (1 Sam. 26:18

Paul, blinded, but finally seeing for the first time in his life, can later say,

I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.  (Acts 26:19)

And ...

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1

and ...

I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  (Gal. 2:20

... and so much more.

If you don't know Paul, read the book of Acts.  Read the Epistles which follow.  Study him.  Learn to see God as he did.  He is the most remarkable of men.

And for of all the groups Our Lord criticized, the Pharisees were the worst.  He had nothing but scorn for them.  And yet, when He chose the man who was to be His most ardent apostle, He chose a Pharisee, a persecutor of the Church.  "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Cor. 1:27)

May we all have Paul's zeal, his persistence, his humanity, his concern, his passion, his humility, his understanding and even his martyrdom.

For we meditate upon Paul's conversion not just because of Paul, but because of us.  The Conversion of St. Paul is the archetype for all conversions that follow.  Christ appears to us all and blinds us with his light - thus opening our eyes, and thus bringing us ...

from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.  (Acts 26:18)

Let us pray a decade of the Rosary meditating upon the Conversion of St. Paul.

And let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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