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Saint Paul - By Pope Benedict XVI

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"The Apostle Paul, an outstanding and almost inimitable yet stimulating figure, stands before us as an example of total dedication to Our Lord and to his Church, as well as being of great openness to humanity and it's cultures." - Pope Benedict XVI


This new book will be released Spring 2009.

St. Paul is one of the most important figures in Christian history. As Saul of Tarsus he vigorously persecuted Christianity, even collaborating in the death of the first Christian martyr, Stephen. His encounter with the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus changed Paul's life, the Christian Church, and world history. More than anyone else in the early Church, Paul saw the universal nature of the Christian message. He became the "Apostle to the Gentiles" and the "Teachers of the Nations." As the human author of half of the New Testament, Paul is a figure who cannot be overlooked by anyone who wants to understand Jesus Christ and Christianity.

In this book, Pope Benedict XVI, a profound spiritual leader in his own right and a first-rate theologian and Bible commentator, explores the legacy of St. Paul. Pope Benedict follows the course of the Apostle's life, including his missionary journeys and his relationship with the other apostles of Jesus such as St. Peter and St. James, and Paul's matryrdom in Rome. Pope Benedict also examines such questions as: Did Paul know Jesus during his earthly life and how much of Jesus' teaching and ministry did he know of? Did Paul distort the teachings of Jesus? What role did Jesus' death and resurrection play in Paul's teaching? What are we to make of Paul's teaching about the end of the world? What does Paul's teaching say about the differences between Catholic and Protestant Christians over salvation and the roles of faith and works in the Christian life? How have modern Catholic and Protestant scholars come together in their understanding of Paul? What does Paul have to teach us today about living a spiritual life?

These and other important issues are addressed in this masterful, inspirational, and highly-readable presentation of St. Paul and his writings by one of today's great spiritual teachers, Pope Benedict XVI.

Points of Interest

  • Pope Benedict explores in-depth the rich legacy of the apostle St. Paul for today's believers
  • A perfect tie-in to the "Year of St. Paul" being celebrated throughout the Christian world in 2008-2009
  • A brilliant theologian and great spiritual leader presents powerful insights into the life and writings of the great "Apostle to the Gentiles."


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9781586173678
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2009

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This item received 5 stars overall. My reading recommendation for the Pauline Year.

The jubilee year of St. Paul is ending this month. What have you done to celebrate and honor the year? Read anything about St. Paul? Any of his letters? You still have some time left!

This wonderful, short book about St. Paul is a collection of addresses that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI gave during general audiences between July 2008 and February 2009. They fit into the "ongoing catechesis" that the Holy Father has been engaged in for some time now. He spoke extensively on Our Lord in earlier audiences and then covered the Apostles in later audiences and finally the Early Church Fathers. All along the way, he spoke about the Apostle, St. Paul.

Why do I recommend this particular book about St. Paul? Well, its hard to do any better than Pope Benedict XVI for one thing. Although His Holiness is gifted with a stunningly powerful intellect, and can at times be theologically dense, these general audience talks are directed to all of us. Yeah, you and me. They Full Review...

   

St. Paul the Apostle

St. Paul the Apostle Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 06/29
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/29
Tridentine Calendar - 06/29


Patron Of: Against Snakes, Authors, Hospital Public Relations, Journalists, Poisonous Snakes, Press, Publishers, Rome, Rope Makers, Snake Bite, Travel, Writers

Memorial
    25 January (celebration of his conversion)
    29 June (celebration of Saints Peter and Paul co-founders of the Church of Rome)
    18 November (feast of the dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and of St. Paul)
Profile
    Saul was a Jewish Talmudic student. Pharisee. Tent-maker by trade. Saul the Jew hated and persecuted Christians as heretical, even assisting at the stoning of Saint Stephen the First Martyr. On his way to Damascus to arrest another group of them, he was knocked off his horse and to the ground, struck blind by a heavenly light, and given the message that in persecuting Christians, he was persecuting Christ. The experience had a profound spiritual effect on him, causing his conversion to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul to reflect his new persona, and began travelling, preaacing and writing. Author of much of the New Testament of the Sacred Scriptures and is often called the 13th Apostle. He was martyred by the sword in Rome.
Born
    c.3 as Saul at Tarsus, Cilicia (modern Turkey)
Died
    A martyr, beheaded c.65 at Rome, Italy
Patronage
    against snakes; authors; Bath Abbey; Bath, England; Catholic Action; Cursillo movement; diocese of Birmingham, Alabama; diocese of Calbayog, Philippines; diocese of Covington, Kentucky; evangelists; hailstorms; hospital public relations; journalists; Kavala, Greece; diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada; lay people; Malta; diocese of Maralal, Kenya; missionary bishops; Münster, Germany; musicians; Naumburg, Germany; newspaper editorial staff; archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; poisonous snakes; Poznan Poland; diocese of Providence, Rhode Island; public relations personnel; public relations work; publishers; reporters; Rome; rope braiders; rope makers; saddlemakers; saddlers; snake bites; tent makers; Umbria, Italy; diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts; writers
 



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