Can you guess who this person is?
- He was one of the most influential individuals who helped the growth and development of the Church since the first century
- He was a Jew
- He was a Roman citizen
- Traveled the world, first to Arabia then back to Damascus
- He visited Jerusalem to see St. Peter
- He remained in communication with the faithful, often writing letters to answer questions and resolve disputes
- mid-30’s to the mid-50’s AD he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Minor Europe (early Christianity)
- Traveled throughout much of Europe, particularly in Macedonia, Greece, and Italy
- Imprisoned for preaching in Rome
- He preached ceaselessly
- Jews, in particular, hated his preaching as they saw him convert people to Christianity from Judaism.
- His writings are important because they provide good advice for how Christians should live
- The letters that have survived have become part of the Bible
- He was beheaded under the insane Emperor Nero
- He is honored Nov. 18 for the dedication of his Basilica
- He is the patron saint of missionaries, evangelists, writers, journalists, authors, public workers, rope and saddle makers, and tent makers
- His name was changed
- He taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in the first century world
- He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences
- He was dedicated to persecuting the early followers of Jesus
- He experienced a powerful vision that caused him to convert to Christianity while on the road to Damascus
- Jesus appeared to him in a bright light vision
- He was struck blind
- After three days his sight was restored
- Ananias restored his vision
- Jewish name Saul of Tarsus
- Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with his life and works
- He was among that of many other apostles and missionaries involved in the spread of the Christian faith
Who is it? The answer is ….
Yes, St. Paul who changed his name from Saul.
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