Year of St Paul

Amy Welborn has a great introduction to the Year of St Paul which starts today. The picture is from the solemn Vespers at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. (courtesy NLM)

Here is an excerpt from the Pope’s homily at Vespers. Once again Benedict XVI builds the entire Christian experience from a personal encounter with the risen Lord Jesus. 
So he says of St Paul, “In the letter to the Galatians he provided for us a very personal profession of faith, in which he opens his heart to the reader of all times, and reveals the deep driving force of his life. ‘I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me’ (Gal. 2:20).  Everything that Paul does begins from this centre. His faith is the experience of being loved by Jesus Christ in a completely personal way; it is the awareness of the fact that Christ has faced death not for some anonymous person, but out of love for him – for Paul -  and that, as the Risen One, he still loves him.  Christ has given  himself for him.  His faith comes from being transfixed by the love of Jesus Christ, a love that shakes him to his core and transforms him.  His faith is not a theory, an opinion about God and the world.  His faith is the impact of the love of God on his heart.  And thus his faith is itself love for Jesus Christ”.

  • liturgy

    Cool photowonder the sourceDoes this add more

  • kentuckyliz

    How Catholic…even discussing a personal relationship with Jesus sounds too academic and is talking about someone else! LOL