The richness and ever-relevance of the Roman Calendar presents today for our celebration and contemplation the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. From Acts 9:
 And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,  And asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus; and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him.  And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.
 And he trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?  And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the city, and there it shall be told thee what thou must do. Now the men who went in company with him, stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no man.  And Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.  And he was there three days, without sight, and he did neither eat nor drink.  Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision: Ananias. And he said: Behold I am here, Lord.
 And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the street that is called Strait, and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold he prayeth.  (And he saw a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hands upon him, that he might receive his sight.)  But Ananias answered: Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem.  And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that invoke thy name.  And the Lord said to him: Go thy way; for this man is to me a vessel of election, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.
 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest; that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and rising up, he was baptized.  And when he had taken meat, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples that were at Damascus, for some days.  And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
As impossible as it looks to men; as impossible as it looks to reason; as impossible as it seems; Our Lord Jesus Christ can convert the hardest sinner, the most severe persecutor, the most hateful enemy of the Church. Whether He brings it about or not in His sovereign, Divine Plan, Christ wants us to pray for the conversion of sinners.
Even the ones hardest to pray for. Especially them. It would be a mistake to put limits on the power of God.
Frank @TxTradCatholic said:
A good reminder to always pray for our enemies. Thanks for posting.
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Pat Sucher said:
Do you think our Lord will convert Jorge Bergoglio to Christianity, or will the usurper step up his prosecutions as a modern Saul?
Logic says persecution, but God is sovereign.