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The conversion of St. Paul

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and […]


Sts. Peter and Paul represent “unity and diversity,” Pope Francis tells Orthodox

Conformity with “the teaching of the apostles and the ecumenical councils” should inspire our efforts to restore full communion, says pope VATICAN CITY — Half a century ago, in July 1967, Pope Paul VI traveled to Istanbul and visited the Phanar, the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. There he met with the Orthodox leader Patriarch […]


Fortitude/ Endurance

I wasn’t sure I could make it up all those steps. I was beginning to feel that this might be thrusting me over the edge of my endurance level. I could turn back, but I kept thinking – the top can’t be too far away. I was so tired I couldn’t look up. I could […]


Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul’s

Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let’s speak carefully of these matters. Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I’d like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out […]


Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

(Vatican Radio) June 29th marks the Feast day of Sts. Peter and St. Paul, patron saints of the eternal city. Much of the focus of the festivity is on the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls where liturgical and secular celebrations take place. The Basilica itself stands near the Abazia delle Tre Fontane, where St. Paul […]