Today's Feast (January 25): Conversion of Paul, Apostle
Before his conversion, Paul had been a leading persecutor of Christians.
While journeying to Damascus to persecute more Christians, Paul had his conversion. He saw a great light and heard a voice say, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" Paul responded, "Who art thou, Lord? Jesus responded, "I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest."
Paul's conversion resulted in witnessing the resurrected Christ to others, and was thus one of belief rather than of conscience.
May we, too, know the truth of the risen Christ, and spend ourselves following the holy doctrine which Paul taught, through Jesus Christ our Lord. (The Day's collect, E18, People's Anglican Missal)
The accompanying picture is Michelangelo's "Conversion of Saint Paul" (1542).
Books Worth Considering
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church