Monday, June 8, 2009

"Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus"

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother,
to the Church of God that is at Corinth,
with all the holy ones throughout Achaia:
grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
-- 2 Cor 1:1-7

As in the prayer of petition, every event and need can become an offering of thanksgiving. The letters of St. Paul often begin and end with thanksgiving, and the Lord Jesus is always present in it: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"; "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."
-- CCC 2638

(Celebrating the Year of Saint Paul: the church of Tre Fontane marks the traditional spot of Paul's martyrdom outside the city of Rome. Photo by author.)

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