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4 Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, January 8, 1988 : ..... III I I I I I ..... is consumed and where attention is focused, that the human person is amazingly I , At umes people . Many occurrences in adult life can serve as resourceful and always able to grow. At [ II VRAP J develop .a compe, rang the stimulus for altering some old routines various points, a new desire to grow -- as I-.] II - il'" [ desire tO grow 111 and for charttn 8 the course into e future individuals, as a couple, as a family, etc. -- -[ faith.... But what hap- with a new concentration on life s meaning, emerges. [ pens then? Sometimes these are jolting occurrences: This is as true for people in terms of their ] i; the loss of a.best friend who has moved far faith as it is in any other sense: At times } Patterns. Routines. To one degree or away; a death in the family; an illness; people experience a compelling desire to J another they are part of your existence -- divorce; the firsthand experience of genuine grow in faith -- to come to terms with what [ recurring shapes in the way life is injustice. These occurrences cause people to faith is all about. ] conducted, take stock, to struggle with questions about But what happens then? There is the risk ] Sometimes it is assumed that routine is, by the purpose of their existence. . that when this desire is experienced, one J definition, boring. And sometimes it is, but : But there are other occurrences,  less might feel stranded; not knowing where to ] not always, tragic, that causepeople to take stock: the turn or to whom. That is what the materials I : Whatever the case, it is a fact of life that birth of a child; the entry into a new stage on these pages of your Catholic paper are r' J !i yourrotines fro m time to tim e will be in- of life -- mid-life; the.retirement years;the about in. 1988: the multffaceted exploration :  [ "terrupted, altered, transformed, Cir- 'tltion to the aUed empty nest after " undertaken by any person who, for whatever [ c outside, you may be the cause of  one s children leave.h0me. Or, the simple  reason, expeflences a renewed desire riO J ; this/i!the causes maybe quitepersonal ' rti( r 65 that One is i delve interfaith;  i. ,'. , r ] 'Pe/afreshbufloolt0!eor some. :i .... Still quit taldngstock':and As:the y.ear:glm we ask: t are some I nnstbiltties becmethe occasion for : to lookfu t renewed , :.;::./ .... occurrences that have cauSed youre take  [ b00ugl00,: makes an !m- ' ! stgck of y000:m and to:r to ask ,J i!ipact :.!how yo t.!.st i how energy /i!w tat  OCCaSions .is: 1 about ,em:a fat forlyour e? i :[ -.............................................. c PLACE........'.....'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'""." I By danaan Manternaoh to Peter and the other apostles. | NC News Service Then Paul went back to his Jl hometown, Tarsus, where he lived S aul grew up in a strict in the community of Jesus' Jewish home in the city followers. of Tarsus about the same The After about 10 years, Barnabas time Jesus was growing heard about the good that Paul was up in Nazareth. doing and invited him to Antioch, When Saul was about 15, he food where Jesus' followers were first called Christians. They were so im- pressed with Paul they sent him with Barnabas to preach the Gospel in places it never had been heard. tO Damascus went to Jerusalem to study at the temple. Saul studied hard with a famous teacher and became a rabbi. Saul was horrified to see small groups of people who were disciples of a rabbi from Nazareth named Jesus. They claimed that a few years earlier Jesus rose from the dead after he was executed by the Romans. Saul was so upset with these followers of Jesus that he per- secuted them. He had many put into jail. One day Saul set out to persecute Jesus' followers in Damascus. On the city's outskirts a bright light from the sky flashed around Saul. Hc fell to the ground. He heard someone asking him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" "Who are you, sir?" Paul asked anxiously. ' For the rest of his life Paul journeyed from country to country preaching and founding Christian communities. He wrote many let- ters to these communities. The voice answered: "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting." Saul got up but was blinded. People led him by hand into Damascus to a friend's home on Straight Street. There Saul rested, prayed and fasted. Three days later, Ananias, a follower of Jesus, came to see Saul and told him Jesus had sent him to help him to see and to receive the Holy Spirit. Immediately Saul could see. He asked to be baptized then and there. The angry persecutor of Jesus' followers now was one of them. He was called Paul now, rather than Saul. It took time for the impact of Paul's dramatic experience to sink in and change his life. He spent three years praying and thinking in the desert. He then went back to Damascus and Jerusalem. Barnabas, an early follower of Jesus in Jerusalem, introduced Paul Paul suffered persecution himself and finally was killed for his faith in Rome about 67 A.D. The church celebrates his conversion to Christ each Jan. 25 and honors him with St. Peter as an apostle every June 29. Paul is known as the apostle to the gentiles. (Ms. Manternach is the author of catechetical works, Scripture stories and original stories for children.) What do you think? R C S N B M 0 I S [] Read the story of how Paul became a follower of Jesus in the Bible (Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 9, Verses 1-22). Then create a poster, S L E T T E R S U illustrating two or three scenes from the story. Hidden A D A O R T U A L From the bookshelf Words I T B I U C U B L In The Paper Crane by Molly Bang, a man owned a restaurant on a busy road. Travelers stopped to eat and he was busy and happy Rnd the words hid- N N I I S N G A I den in the puzzle, cooking good food and serving it. But then a new highway was built lhey may be ver- A B S A U L A N M away from his restaurant and travelers no longer stopped by. q'he man tlcal, horizontal or became very poor. One evening a poor stranger came to the diagonal. All the N U M E I T L R A restaurant. Though the man couldn't pay for it, the restaurant owner words are found In A A L S A I P A C served him as If he were a king. When the stranger finished the meal, this week's story, he folded a paper napkin into the shape of a crane and said, "You D G A M B L I B G have only to clap your hands and this bird will come to life and dance for you." Then the stranger left. And everything happened just as he SAUL, DAMASCUS. ANANIAS, BARNABAS, LET('ERS, ROAD had said. (Mulberry Books, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016. 1985. Paperback, $3.95.) I I I I I I iii I I