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Byline: Jane Jones

It is easy to feel that once an adult establishes a particular pattern of behaviour then that pattern is set for life. Sometimes this is the case but it does not have to be so' there is always the possibility of change. On January 25, the Church celebrates the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the original "Damascus experience".

Many expressions in common use come from the writings of St Paul, who is famous for the letters he sent to help new Christian communities grow after the death of Jesus. But St Paul, who was originally called Saul, had spent a substantial part of his life trying to eradicate Christianity. He held the coats of those who stoned the first martyr, St Stephen, and was responsible for the deaths of many others.

Saul's life changed in a flash. He heard the voice of the risen Christ and his life was never the same again. Sometimes I am tempted to feel that things are fixed' but the wonderful words and inspiring example of St Paul help me to see other possibilities.

Jane Jones, Sutton Coldfield
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 25, 2006
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