The Conversion of St. Paul
St. Paul was born at Tarsus. While on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians, a light from heaven suddenly shone around him that struck him to earth. He heard a voice saying: “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” And he said: “Who art Thou, Lord?” And the Lord said: “I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the goad.”
Lead us, great teacher, Paul, in wisdom’s ways,
And lift our hearts with thine to Heaven’s high throne:
Till faith beholds the clear meridian blaze,
And, sunlike, in the soul reigns charity alone.
— First Vespers, Hymn
The Imitation of Christ
Give all for all; seek nothing, call for nothing back; stand purely and with a full confidence before Me, and thou shalt possess Me.
And conversion it was. What wilt thou have me to do? was the submissive question of the man under his horse’s feet. How do you act when you are met with some sudden affliction?
Do you ever permit yourself the thought “What have I done that I should be so afflicted?” Ought we not rather to wonder that things go so well with us when we are so altogether undeserving ?
Ask St. Paul today to obtain for you what we all need and for which we so seldom ask, common sense.
What wouldst thou have me do?