St. Paul was born in an orthodox Jewish family. He was named Saul after the first king of Israel. As a young boy, he was deeply religious and practiced the Jewish faith strictly almost to the letter of the law. He gave himself up to the study of the Jewish religious books and was training to become a “Rabbi” – a religious Teacher. He was against the Christians and even used force to destroy them. One day, Saul and his companions were on their way to Damascus, with the intention of taking the Christian prisoners and marching them off to Jerusalem. As they were nearing the gates of Damascus, a dazzling light appeared from above and Saul and his companions were thrown off their horses. Saul heard a voice saying : “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me”? Saul replied, “who are you Lord” ? The reply came, “I am Jesus and you are persecuting me.”
This was the turning point in Saul’s Life. Saul, the persecutor of the Christians now became their best known preacher. He Gave up his Jewish name Saul and hence forth was known by his Roman name Paul. He was well versed in the Greek and Roman culture. Paul is chosen as the patron of many educational institutions not only because of his personal erudition but more because of his undivided attention to seek the truth. In short Paul spent his life in the propagation of the truth he experienced on the road to Damascus. All education is about the discovery and pursuit of that Truth which defines our relationship with God and our fellow men. On this one knowledge depends our success as human beings and our life’s mission here on earth. Paul’s life is an example of that single minded devotion to the Truth. Here are his words “But I donot count my life of any value to myself if only, I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus to testify to the Good News of God’s Grace.”
May St. Paul guide us to Seek, Endure and Discover the Truth.