I've written a few posts on St. Paul, and now I have a good reason to add one more.
This past weekend, Catholics celebrated the conversion of this great Apostle. It is the only "conversion" the church officially celebrates.
In fact, Pope Benedict issued an extraordinary decree, allowing parishes to use the prayers and readings of this feast day instead of the normal readings from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
What does that mean?
Well, for me, it means I got to hear one of my favorite Gospel passages (Acts 9:1-22). That passage tells us how Paul became a follower of Jesus.
I am in awe every time I hear it. Not only because of its importance in our history, but because of the lesson found within.
Paul was one of the most outspoken opponents of early Christianity, persecuting early followers of Jesus. Luke even tells us he approved and watched Steven's stoning.
And yet, God forgave him. (Not only forgave, but gave him a pretty important job to do!)
So this weekend I was reminded not only of Paul's great works, but that God will always forgive us, no matter how bad our sins are.
All we have to do is ask.