Today is the feast day of the conversion of St Paul. Our photo is tied in with the Thought For Today below. Yes we all dislike change but some change can be good and positive. This is the invitation of today to let some of the negatives go and be open to new possibilities and new beginnings

On This Day

On January 25th 1924 the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France

On January 25th 1959 Pope John 23rd announced the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, as a means of spiritual renewal for the church

On January 25th 1961 The animated film One Hundred and One Dalmations was released and it became a Disney classic

Birthdays Today

Alicia Keys (Singer) is 42
Princess Charlene of Monaco is 45

Saint For Today

Conversion of St Paul – Today’s feastday is a reminder that we can still get back on track with some positive change in our lives. Today is a reminder that impossible and unlikely events can and still do happen.

Significance Of Today

A month has gone by so quickly since Christmas Day. St Paul may have done a big conversion but it is the small positive changes that we make in our lives, that make the biggest difference.

Interesting Quote For Today

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Did You Know

Did you know that just because the opponents of change are loud doesn’t mean they’re a large group. The most opposed people make the most noise.

Thought For Today to mark the Conversion of St Paul

Today (Jan 25th) is the feast of the conversion of St Paul. He is a key figure in the New Testament. Significantly he was a bitter opponent of Jesus and was determined to make life extremely difficult for his followers and early Christianity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. 
He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. He was horrible, cold and a bitter man. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spreading of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind. Many carry heavy burdens from the past. People can carry with them anger, resentment, hurt and other stuff from the past. There comes a point in everyone’s life when it is important and necessary to let go of stuff. 

The most important step in leaving some of this stuff behind, is to take that first step forward. St Paul could have remained a bitter, angry and lonely person. But he turned his life around. Like Paul, the call is to leave as many of the negative things in our past behind us. Yes it may not be possible to leave everything but we most certainly can leave some things behind. This is the beautiful invitation from todays feast day. We can certainly look on today as new beginning.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday