Today's Saint (June 30): Commemoration of Saint Paul

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Saint Paul was born a Jew at Tarsus and educated by Gamaliel as a Pharisee.

Prior to his conversion, he was a leading persecutor of the early church. However, through God's grace, he witnessed the Resurrected Lord on his was to Damascus, as he was traveling there in orer to persecute more Christians.

After his conversion, he gave heart, mind, soul and strength for the furtherance of the Gospel. It is through his labours that God used him as His instrument in bringing the Gentile world into the Faith.

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my Name's sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10:22, from the day's gospel reading.)

The accompanying painting was done by Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto (1518-1594).

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