Saints Alive! | The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

St. Paul the Apostle, originally named Saul, was an intelligent and zealous Jewish scholar and Pharisee who fiercely persecuted the first Christian converts among the Jews.  While on his way to Damascus with permission to arrest Christians, he received a vision of the resurrected Christ.  Jesus rebuked him for his actions and struck him blind, and through this encounter St. Paul was converted.  God then used St. Paul and his zeal to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially to the Gentiles. St. Paul was martyred in Rome in the year 65 A.D.  The feast day of St. Paul's conversion is celebrated on January 25. For more about this great saint, apostle and slave of Christ Jesus, martyr, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | For Love of Christ, Paul Bore Every Burden

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a homily by St John Chrysostom (349-407 A.D.). John was born in Antioch. After a thorough education, he took up the ascetic life. He was ordained to the priesthood, and became a fruitful and effective preacher. He was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 397, and was energetic in reforming the ways of the clergy and the laity alike. He incurred the displeasure of the Emperor and was twice forced into exile. When the second exile, to Armenia, had lasted three years, it was decided that he should be sent still further away, but he died on the journey, worn out by his hardships. His sermons and writings did much to explain the Catholic faith and to encourage the living of the Christian life: his eloquence earned him the surname “Chrystostom” (the Greek for “golden mouth”). For a reflection, "For Love of Christ, Paul Bore Every Burden," please click on the image. Peace be with you!