A few years after the resurrection of Jesus, Saul came in contact with this new Christian movement, and immediately became one of the most fanatical of those who were determined to stamp out this “dangerous heresy.” He was on his way to Damascus to lead in further persecution of the Christians there, when his dramatic conversion took place.
From that day, Saul devoted his life totally to Christ, and especially to the conversion of the Gentiles. The book of Acts describes the courage and determination with which Saul (now Paul) planted Christian churches over much of the Roman Empire.
We began the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity with a recognition of Peter. We now conclude it with a feast day honoring Paul, for the remarkable way in which he, too, responded to the call of Christ on his life.