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Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

Today we remember the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle.  You can read about it in Acts 9: 1-19a.

                      

This powerful image from Caravaggio is the representation of the moment of St Paul's conversion.  According to the Acts of the Apostles, on the way to Damascus Saul the Pharisee (soon to be Paul the Apostle) fell to the ground when he heard the voice of Christ saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?' and temporarily lost his sight.  It was reasonable to assume that Saul had fallen from a horse.
  
This is well worth a visit to the Cerasi Chapel at Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome, Italy.  The display is less than ideal, but the image and what it represents overcome any shortcomings of angle or lighting.  I love it!