Short Lives of the Saints – The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

detail of a stained glass window depicting the Conversion of Saint Paul on the Road to Damascus, date and artist unknown; Bais Saint Marse church, Palissy, France; photographed on 9 April 2011 by GO69; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

And it came to pass as he went on his journey, that he drew near 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 dost thou persecute me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And He: I am Jesus whom thou dost persecute: it is hard for thee to kick against the goad. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” – Acts 9:3-7

Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom,
  Oh! lead me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
  Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see
The distant scene: one step enough for me.
    – Saint John Henry Newman

Favorite Practice – Prompt correspondence to the inspirations of God.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 18 April 2021. <>