He Who Would Shape The World
On Saturday Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople opened the Year of St Paul with these fine words at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls in Rome.
“The radical conversion and apostolic kerygma of Saul of Tarsus literally shook history in its entirety and shaped the very identity of Christianity. This great man profoundly influenced such classical Church Fathers as St. John Chrysostom in the East and St. Augustine of Hippo in the West.”
By his pen and by his preaching the Apostle Paul had shapped the world he lived in and gave the Church her first sight of the joining of faith and reason. This year is one of great reflection for a convert like myself who recalls many intimate readings as a Protestant and the perplexing words of guidance as an agnostic. Not to mention the Apostle’s words when I was tempted by paganism occasionally. I pray that this Pauline year is a blessing for the Church, East and West, and that this humble blogger will post a bit more this year now that he has his computer back.