Commemoration of St. Paul
“The Tiber, on entering Rome,” writes an ancient poet, “salutes the Basilica of St. Peter and, on leaving it, that of St. Paul. The heavenly doorkeeper has built his sacred abode at the gates of the eternal city which is an image of heaven. On the opposite side, the ramparts are protected by Paul’s portico: Rome is between the two.” With Peter, the new Moses, leader of the New Israel, is associated Paul, the new Aaron, more eloquent than the first, chosen from his mother’s womb to announce to the Gentiles the riches of the grace of Christ.
O Holy Apostle Paul, preacher of the truth, and teacher of the Gentiles, pray for us to God Who hath chosen thee. — Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
But true glory and holy exultation is to glory in Thee, and not in oneself.
What shall we say of St. Paul? Read his Epistles. There is not a thing St. Paul does not know; there is not a thing he cannot do. And he acquired all those skills purposely that he might use them as a means for winning souls for Christ.
Take your New Testament today and read any one of the Epistles of St. Paul. You’ll scarcely be able to stop; they are so fascinating. If you want a type of lover of Christ, St. Paul’s is the best example.
By the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace has not been void in me. — St. Paul.