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This final instalment tracing St. Paul's journeys in Acts brings us full circle. The missionary trip which started in Antioch of Syria with the Holy Spirit commissioning Barnabas and Paul, culminates with the duo returning to Antioch, a little worn, a little wiser and much richer in faith.
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St. Paul's renown largely centres on his conversion and mission to Gentiles and rightfully so. Few conversions have been so dramatic, and a Pharisee proclaiming God's salvation beyond Israel is nothing short of revolutionary.
In tracing St. Paul's footsteps through the Bible, readers often gravitate towards details of his conversion on the road to Damascus in chapter 9 of Acts of the Apostles. The dramatic blinding and humbling of the persecutor-turned-preacher is crucial for understanding Paul.
Sacred Scripture offers two avenues by which we may be drawn into the faith world of St. Paul and come face-to-face with the truth and beauty of the Gospel he preached: the letters Paul wrote and Acts of the Apostles, penned by the evangelist Luke.