28 June 2007

The Year of St. Paul

The Holy Father has announced the opening of the “Year of St. Paul,” commemorating the two thousandth year of the birth of the Apostle to the Gentiles. The following news story gives the details:

ROME (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI announced a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul, saying the church needs modern Christians who will imitate the apostle's missionary energy and spirit of sacrifice.

The pope said the Pauline year will run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, to mark the approximately 2,000th anniversary of the saint's birth.

He made the announcement while presiding over a vespers service at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome June 28, the eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, patron saints of Rome.
(Read the rest of the story here.)

Over the many years I have been teaching the Scriptures, it’s evident to most anyone who attends that I love to explore the epistles of St. Paul. This past year at the parish, nearly every Wednesday evening was taken up with a look at the writings of St. Paul, and we’ll be doing even more careful looking at his epistles this coming year.

O God, who, by the preaching of thine apostle Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.