“Saint Paul”

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“Saint Paul” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC

Reading 1  2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God,
whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

He saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works
but according to his own design
and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
but now made manifest
through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
to light through the Gospel,
for which I was appointed preacher and Apostle and teacher.
On this account I am suffering these things;
but I am not ashamed,
for I know him in whom I have believed
and am confident that he is able to guard
what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Prayer:
God of our integrity,
Send forth the Holy Spirit
That we may be strengthened and set free.
Give us joy in your service and help us always to work for justice.
We are strong only in your love, only in your presence.
We are at peace when your presence finally satisfies your souls.
Loving God, tender are your ways and
we are confident in our search for you.
Amen 

2 thoughts on ““Saint Paul”

  1. So very beautiful and encouraging truly touched my heart. Awesome way to start the day…thank you Father Ron

  2. Dear Fr. Ron,
    Your portrait of St. Paul has a real warmth and vibrancy to it! I also think this portrait bears a resemblance to our Novitiate classmate, Fr. R.S. Bullene! (sp?) Your art and writings are a good reminder to me to always seek to “stir into flame the gift of God”!

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