A Message from Fr. David P. Uribe, OMI:

Welcome to Oblate Academy!

Exposing our children to stories of the Saints are important for their faith development. The Saints are heroes of the faith! We are called to be like
St. Paul and be joyful and content with everything we have and pray to Jesus every day!

I hope you will enjoy the story of St. Paul and live close to Christ like him!

Saint of the Month for January, St. Paul

“I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

St. Paul was born in a city called Tarsus. He was originally named Saul, but once he became a Christian he changed it to Paul.

Saul was raised in a Jewish family and disliked Christians. He was not a nice man and supported the mean treatment of anyone that was a follower of Jesus Christ.

One day, Saul was on his way to a city named Damascus to arrest Christians that were in the synagogues—he thought they did not belong in the same places where the Jews were worshipping and teaching.

On his way, something amazing happened. As he came closer to the city, a bright light suddenly came down from heaven. Saul fell on the ground and a voice spoke to him asking Saul, “why do you want to hurt me?” Saul did not recognize the voice and asked who it was. The voice answered and said He was Jesus. Jesus told Saul to go to Damascus and there he would find Him.

When Saul stood up, he realized that he was blind. People around him helped him get to the city where he wandered around for three days with no food and nothing to drink.

On the third day, God instructed a man named Ananais to find and baptize Saul and forgive his sins. When he did this, Saul regained his sight and realized how sorry he was for the life he had been living and his hate for Christians. He immediately began to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and became a Christian.

After Saul was converted, he changed his name to Paul. Paul spent the rest of life teaching others about Jesus Christ and encouraging others to follow him. St. Paul became one of the greatest missionaries of all time traveling to many far way places all over the world teaching others about Jesus. He shared the good works of Jesus, and the Christian religion began to spread all over the world.

Before he died, St. Paul was arrested for being a follower of Jesus and spent the last years of his life in prison. While there, he found things to be thankful for and wrote many letters to be shared with others. St. Paul was grateful in his circumstances and found ways to be content even though he was locked away in prison.

St. Paul died around the age of 65, and is the patron saint of missionaries, evangelists, writers, journalists, authors, public workers, rope and saddle makers, and tent makers. He has multiple feast days throughout the year including June 29 when he is honored with Saint Peter and January 25 when we celebrate his conversion to Christianity.

Child’s Prayer to St. Paul
St. Paul, please be my friend. Help me to love Jesus as you did every day. Help me to be like you in being appreciative and content in the things I have and do everything with love for Jesus.
St. Paul, pray for us!

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