Paul, Warrior and Sufferer

In 07 Observation on 2012/05/29 at 12:00 AM

Conversion of St. Paul: the Warrior and the Sufferer With all his letters he kept the founded communities together, furthered their development and secured their existence.  He passionately opposed his enemies, who were not a few in number.  He applied all available means to satisfy as effectively as possible the “necessity; of the proclamation that was laid upon him (1Cor. 9:16).  And so he is represented again and again as the great activist, as the patron of inventors of new pastoral and missionaries strategies.  .  P24

The struggle of st. Paul was the struggle of the martyr from the beginning on….had no other weapon than the message of Jesus Christ, to which he dedicated his own life.  ….He did not spare himself and certainly did not try to fashion a fine life for himself by avoiding controversy and unpleasantness.   P. 25

He wanted to arouse, to awaken consciences even if it cost him his life.

Ratzinger, Joseph  IMAGES OF HOPE.  Ignatius Press.

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