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July 26, 2014 – Quiet in Tarsus: Waiting on the Lord

  • Many theologians, including Fr. Joseph Holzner, author of Paul in Tarsus, say that after his conversion St. Paul had to wait in Tarsus for three to four years before he could begin evangelizing. Evidently, he was sent home after his visit to Jerusalem. The Jewish Christians did not yet trust him. This interim period of waiting in Tarsus was believed to be a great trial; yet, one that prepared him for his mission.
  • Scripture is full of waiting. Mary and Joseph had to wait on the Lord. Many, if not, all of the Saints, had to wait on the Lord.
  • Father Walter Cizsek and Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan were incarcerated under oppressive communist regimes. They too had to wait on the Lord; the former for 23 years, the latter for 13 years. Both knew the loneliness of solitary confinement. The insights of these great holy men and women can shed a great deal of light on the times when we have to wait on Lord.