Saul of Tarsus was a privileged Roman citizen and devout, learned Jew. He aggressively persecuted the early Christians until a miraculous encounter with the risen Christ while traveling on the road to Damascus.
There he saw a heavenly light flash around him and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Upon asking, “Who are you, Lord?” the voice replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” Jesus instructed Saul to travel to Damascus where he was filled with the Holy Spirit. From then on Saul, now Paul, became a tireless preacher of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Known as the Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul is among the most influential teachers of Christendom, laying out in his many epistles to early believers the foundation of Christian theology.
In this icon, Paul is shown with a sword and flame, symbolizing his passion for the sharp and true word of God. In his hands he holds a scroll with the phrase, “The just shall live by faith.” These words of Paul remain the bedrock of Christian faith and thought to this day.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
Prayer for Patience
O glorious St. Paul, who from a persecutor of Christianity, didst become a most ardent apostle of zeal; and who to make known the Savior Jesus Christ unto the ends of the world didst suffer with joy imprisonment, scourgings, stonings, shipwrecks and persecutions of every kind, and in the end didst shed thy blood to the last drop, obtain for us the grace to receive, as favors of the Divine mercy, infirmities, tribulations, and misfortunes of the present life, so that the vicissitudes of this our exile will not render us cold in the service of God, but will render us always more faithful and more fervent. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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