St Paul's Feast Day

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St Paul is a truly remarkable figure. He is the most prominent personality of the New Testament apart from Jesus himself. Thirteen of the 27 books of the New Testament bear his name and all of them are letters. Paul is remarkable for many reasons including his prolific and detailed writing about the teachings of Jesus and his hyperactive travel program through the Eastern Mediterranean. But the most remarkable feature of Paul’s story was his conversion. He was once a persecutor of the early Christians and a feared and brutal defender of the Jewish faith but around the year AD 35, as he journeyed from Jerusalem to Damascus, his life was transformed through an encounter with the risen Christ and he became a Christian believer. Paul’s story reminds us that we can all find redemption from the mistakes we make. There is always hope and a chance to turn things around.