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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saint Paul, Apostle
This coming Sunday we celebrate the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. Pope Benedict XVI has declared a special Jubilee Year in honor of st. Paul from June 28 to June 29, 2009.
Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles, called to preach to the non-Jews and teach them the "Gospel of God." When the Pope announced this jubilee year, he pointed out the the extraordinary apostolic results Paul achieved were not from his skill as an orator, but from his total dedication to Christ.
One of the books I am reading to celebrate this year in Paul's honor is "The Gospel According to St. Paul: Meditations on His Life and Letters by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J. that was just published in 2008 by The Word Among Us Press.
Cardinal Martini is a favorite author and a most readable biblical scholar. He writes with humility and has the grace to touch readers. I look forward to sharing some insights from this new book with you. The book begins with the conversion of Paul and points out that all the action is on God's part. I guess that is true in our own lives, too.