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Saint Paul - He suffered it all for the love of Christ
 
 
 

 
 

Saint Paul Writing by Pier-Francesco Sacchi (1485-1528); 1520s; National Gallery, London, England;
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For the Love of Christ Paul suffered it all
From the Homily by Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop
(Homily 2 regarding the Praises to Saint Paul - de laudibus sancti Pauli: Pages 50, 477-480)


What man is, how grandiose is his nobleness and how vast is his capacity for virtue, can all be attained by contemplating, above all, the person of Paul. Each day he arose with a greater elevation and fervor of spirit and, facing the dangers that threatened him, his determination to push forward was even greater, as his own words testify: forgetting what remains behind and pushing on to what I see before me.

When he felt the imminence of his death coming close, he invited others to share his bliss, saying: rejoice and share in my gladness. And, when he thought of his dangers and abuse, he also invited others to share his joy: rejoice and be glad with me! And when thinking of his dangers and opprobrium, he is gladdened also, when writing to the Corinthians: I live happy in the midst of my weakness, the insults and persecutions. He even called these same things weapons of justice, meaning with this statement that they provided great advantages to him.

And so in this way, amid the traps of his persecutors, he spoke in a triumphant tone about the victories reached over those attacks and, having suffered everwhere lashings, injuries and curses, Paul - as one who returns victorious from battle, filled with trophies, gives thanks to God, saying: may thanks be given to God, who at all times takes us with the triumphant retinue of Christ.

Imbued with these feelings he thrust himself to all the contradictions and injuries that his preaching led him to experience, with an ardour superior to those we employ in the obtainment of honors; in this he desired death more than we desire life; poverty more than we desire riches, and labor that much more, than we delight in the rest that follows labor. The only thing he feared was to offend God; the rest did not captivate his worry.

And, what was for him the most important thing of all, was to enjoy deeply the love of Christ; with this he considered himself to be the happiest of all; without this love, he was indifferent towards associating himself with the powerful ones and the princes; he preferred to be, with this love, the least one of all, including a number among the condemned, rather than form part of a society without Christ, being without His love and only being among the great and the honorable.

For Paul, the greatest and most extraordinary of torments was to see him deprived of this love: for Paul, being without this love meant hell, the only suffering, the infinite and most intolerable torture.

To enjoy the love of Christ represented for him life, the world, the company of angels, all present and future goods; the kingdom, the promises, the joining together of all Good; without this love, nothing was deemed to be either sad nor happy. He gave no consideration to the things of this world, nor on their merit; Paul saw them neither as being hard or soft.

Present temporal realities were despised by Paul as if they were but withered grass. He gave to the very governors and the people who were furious with him the same value as an insignificant insect. He considered as child's play both death and the most varied types of torments, so long as he could suffer something, anything, for the sake of Christ.


PRAYER

Lord God, who has illuminated the entire world with the word of the apostle Saint Paul, deign to make it so that those who remember today his conversion, imitating his examples, announce the Gospel to the world and be, thus, witnesses of Your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen



Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - www.liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar
(Liturgies of the Hours)

 
For the Love of Christ Paul suffered it all
From the Homily by Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop
(Homily 2 regarding the Praises to Saint Paul - de laudibus sancti Pauli: Pages 50, 477-480)


What man is, how grandiose is his nobleness and how vast is his capacity for virtue, can all be attained by contemplating, above all, the person of Paul. Each day he arose with a greater elevation and fervor of spirit and, facing the dangers that threatened him, his determination to push forward was even greater, as his own words testify: forgetting what remains behind and pushing on to what I see before me.

When he felt the imminence of his death coming close, he invited others to share his bliss, saying: rejoice and share in my gladness. And, when he thought of his dangers and abuse, he also invited others to share his joy: rejoice and be glad with me! And when thinking of his dangers and opprobrium, he is gladdened also, when writing to the Corinthians: I live happy in the midst of my weakness, the insults and persecutions. He even called these same things weapons of justice, meaning with this statement that they provided great advantages to him.

And so in this way, amid the traps of his persecutors, he spoke in a triumphant tone about the victories reached over those attacks and, having suffered everwhere lashings, injuries and curses, Paul - as one who returns victorious from battle, filled with trophies, gives thanks to God, saying: may thanks be given to God, who at all times takes us with the triumphant retinue of Christ.

Imbued with these feelings he thrust himself to all the contradictions and injuries that his preaching led him to experience, with an ardour superior to those we employ in the obtainment of honors; in this he desired death more than we desire life; poverty more than we desire riches, and labor that much more, than we delight in the rest that follows labor. The only thing he feared was to offend God; the rest did not captivate his worry.

And, what was for him the most important thing of all, was to enjoy deeply the love of Christ; with this he considered himself to be the happiest of all; without this love, he was indifferent towards associating himself with the powerful ones and the princes; he preferred to be, with this love, the least one of all, including a number among the condemned, rather than form part of a society without Christ, being without His love and only being among the great and the honorable.

For Paul, the greatest and most extraordinary of torments was to see him deprived of this love: for Paul, being without this love meant hell, the only suffering, the infinite and most intolerable torture.

To enjoy the love of Christ represented for him life, the world, the company of angels, all present and future goods; the kingdom, the promises, the joining together of all Good; without this love, nothing was deemed to be either sad nor happy. He gave no consideration to the things of this world, nor on their merit; Paul saw them neither as being hard or soft.

Present temporal realities were despised by Paul as if they were but withered grass. He gave to the very governors and the people who were furious with him the same value as an insignificant insect. He considered as child's play both death and the most varied types of torments, so long as he could suffer something, anything, for the sake of Christ.


PRAYER

Lord God, who has illuminated the entire world with the word of the apostle Saint Paul, deign to make it so that those who remember today his conversion, imitating his examples, announce the Gospel to the world and be, thus, witnesses of Your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen



Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - www.liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar
(Liturgies of the Hours)



 
 
 
 
January 25 - Conversion of Saint Paul (5-67) - He suffered it all for the love of Christ - From the Homily by Saint John Chrysostom (349-407), Bishop


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.