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And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, And asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus; and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him. And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad" (a spiked rod).

And he, trembling and astonished, said: "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said to him: "Arise, and go into the city, and there it shall be told thee what thou must do." Now the men who went in company with him stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they, leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.

And he was there three days, without sight, and he did neither eat nor drink. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision: "Ananias." And he said: "Behold I am here, Lord."
And the Lord said to him: "Arise, and go into the street that is called Strait, and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold he prayeth." (And he saw a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hands upon him, that he might receive his sight.) But Ananias answered: "Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem. And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that invoke thy name." And the Lord said to him: "Go thy way; for this man is to me a vessel of election, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel."

"For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’ s sake." And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest; that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost."

And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and rising up, he was baptized. And when he had taken meat, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples that were at Damascus, for some days. And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

And all that heard him, were astonished, and said: "Is not this he who persecuted in Jerusalem those that called upon this name: and came hither for that intent, that he might carry them bound to the chief priests?" But Saul increased much more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this is the Christ.
The Acts Of The Apostles 9: 1-22
Excerpts from In Adoration, Testimony of Catalina
The Lord was teaching me that we all need to open our eyes in order to be able to better contemplate the things of God, because frequently, our eyes are either closed or become dull when it comes to observing the things of the Spirit.

The Lord said to me, "Remember that in Psalm 24: 4-6, you are warned that in order to see the things of God, you need to have a clean heart, that is, purity of vision, purity of heart, uprightness of conscience, and purity of intention, to be able some day to arrive at the knowledge of My Divine secrets."

"Learn from other human beings who came before you and who are Saints today! For them, the best resting place was in My hands, the best medicine and the most gentle relief was in having recourse to My Body in the Sacrament, seeking My company and conversation with Me."

"For that reason, they spent time in prolonged prayer, and from that period of time spent in adoration, they derived a renewed strength and greater energy to face life and all its sufferings, sorrows and humiliations, particular to their own situation, which would serve later for their crown of glory."

"It is essential that human beings be taught that it is not enough to confess their sins and come and receive Me, and then commit the same sins again and confess them again... They must be united to Me in thought, feeling, and will, that is, in body and soul… with the heart."

"That is how your human life succeeds in sharing My Divine Life, so that I myself will be the one who guides your being, along the journey that leads towards Eternal Delights."

Almost at dawn, Jesus allowed me to be present in spirit in a Church in my city which has a lovely Altar with an imposing Tabernacle. There I prostrated myself to adore Him. At a certain moment, I heard...

"When you contemplate Me in the Eucharist, your eyes already touch Me, with a single glance, full of love and faith, and you enter immediately into communion with Me."

"But if you feed yourselves with My Body and Blood, you experience the very life of God; you dwell in a foretaste of life in Heaven…! Because you gaze at Me with the eyes of faith while you wait to see Me, face to face, in the clarity of Glory."

"Those who in truth are fed from My Body with a faith that is alive, and is animated by my charity towards their brothers and sisters, will enjoy life eternal, since they will have arrived at the end of their existence, renouncing to live differently while on earth."

"How much greater perfection will those achieve who give up all worldly things in order to possess everything. That is, those who give up everything that was created, in order to possess Me, the uncreated."

"Object of My delights is the one who is disposed to lose everything in order to gain God; to die so as to live then With and In everything."
Imprimatur for original Spanish text: Mons. Cristóbal Biaiasik. Bishop of the Dioceses of Oruro, Bolivia. City of Oruro, November 21, 2007
The Conversion of Saint Paul by Francisco Camilo (1615-1673); Museo Provincial de Segovia, España; http://commons.wikimedia.org
Ananias Restoring the sight of Saint Paul by Pietro da Cortona; 1631; Church of Saint Maria della Concezione, Rome Italy; http://en.wikipedia.org
Saint Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael; 1515; Royal Collection of the United Kingdom; http://en.wikipedia.org
Our Lady of Refuge of Sinners by Luigi Crosio; 1898; http://en.wikipedia.org
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January 25 - The Conversion of Saint Paul
 
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