Skip to comments.St. Paul's Faith Based Not on Conversion of Thought, but Personal Meeting With Christ, Pope Says
Posted on 09/04/2008 9:30:20 AM PDT by marshmallow
Vatican, Sep. 3, 2008 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) recounted the story of the conversion of St. Paul during his weekly public audience on September 3.
The Holy Father-- who traveled from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to the Vatican for the Wednesday audience in the Paul VI auditorium-- continued his series of talks on St. Paul with a discussion of "the decisive moment of Paul's life."
This pivotal event is described at length by St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, the Pope observed. But we also have the perspective of St. Paul himself, in his epistles.
St. Paul, the Pope continued, "never spoke of the particulars of the event, perhaps because he believed that everyone knew its essential details." But the Apostle makes it clear that this event was the foundation of his newfound faith.
Actually St. Paul does not regard the event as a conversion, Pope Benedict remarked. "And the reason is very clear: this transformation of his life was not the result of a psychological process, of an intellectual or moral evolution, but the fruit of his meeting with Christ Jesus."
That is the essence of Christian faith, the Pope said: a direct personal encounter with Jesus. Christianity, he said, is "not a new philosophy or a new form of morality." It is faith in the Person of Christ.
We may have a little more common ground than you think. I'm sure those of you who habitually bag us could sign off on this; "That is the essence of Christian faith, the Pope said: a direct personal encounter with Jesus."
The pope agrees with me.
Glad to read the Pope’s assertions. He’s quite right and Biblical in what I read above.
As to Vaticans not having a personal relationship with Christ . . .
It’s still mystifying to me that so many Vaticans think so highly of themselves . . .
They seem to think that something magically makes them super human and immune to the human frailties mentioned in the New Testament and common to so many ‘professing’ Biblers/Proddies.
Repeatedly do folks of the EDIFICE clique hereon pontificate about how every last Vatican believes X,Y&Z and if they don’t, then they are automatically NOT Vaitcans.
Every denomination has it’s version of Jack Mormons or as some Vaticans have said—cafeteria Vaticans.
There are also the misguided—who’ve believed the Pastor’s press releases. Or the denomination’s press releases—MORE than they’ve believed The Bible.
Far too often those noises hinder or even prevent or sabotage a vibrant RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST in ‘favor’ of suckling at the breast of the RELIGIOUS EDIFICE.
Very hazardous, that.
My belief is that Christ was with him often in the 3 years in the wilderness.
Christ was with Paul when he was Saul, even if he didn’t know it.
Not sure about your meaning and foundation for it.
In the sense that God is with all His Creation or what?
As is no doubt true, for all who’s names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life, imho.
It’s been abundantly demonstrated from the Vatican’s own docs as well as conflicting posts hereon
that the Vatican never has really spoken with one consistent homogeneous voice.
It’s a farce of a pretense to pretend it has.
Alas, that’s essentially true of EVERY large bureaucratic edifice/institution of any significant age, at all—particularly a RELIGIOUS one.
Yes, it certainly is the essence of the whole gospel. Most of us here just wish Catholics would get rid of the extra-biblical stuff about Mary, etc. There IS a lot in common and as long as we stick to what the Bible has to say, we’re on common ground. Blessings. M